Re: amazon's new review policy

Kris Bock

Not new, and not necessarily problematic. I'll often leave just a star rating – possibly four or five stars – when I don't feel like taking the time to write a review, or when I can't think of anything to say. Would you rather I skip ranking your book altogether or give you some stars?

In fact, in my newsletter, I often include a sentence or two noting the importance of reviews. I might now add that they can simply give a star ranking if they're not comfortable writing a review. Lots of devoted readers are intimidated by the idea of giving a review or think it has to be a lot of work. This could get them to leave stars.

It's nice to have a higher star average, but if I'm considering a book, I'll look at the actual reviews, so a handful of one star reviews without text doesn't do much. In any case, the serious trolls probably enjoy saying nasty things, so why would they give up that pleasure?

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