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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
15 Apr 2013, 07:27 PM | Post: #81

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RE: One Star Reviews

(15 Apr 2013 05:57 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I noticed someone trying to sell reviews on KUF. I was annoyed because I drafted a witty response but the thread got pulled before I could post it.

Probably my fault. I reported it. I'll wait a bit next time.
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Offline LindaGruchy Reading The Chandelier Ballroom by Elizabeth Lord
15 Apr 2013, 07:28 PM | Post: #82

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I won't post a review if it's less than 3 stars unless I feel strongly about the book. I'm quite generous too, in that I start at 5 and deduct stars rather than start in the middle and work up or down. There is no way I'd want anyone to post a review swap because it's dishonest. But I will review books by authors who have reviewed my books, providing I can say good things about their book.
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15 Apr 2013, 07:38 PM | Post: #83

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RE: One Star Reviews

I once participated in a review exchange but it was an accident. We happened to be reading each other's books at the same time so, when we realised, we decided on simultaneous posting to try and encourage honesty. I was honest, but I felt under a lot of pressue was very relieved that it was a good book.
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
16 Apr 2013, 10:47 AM | Post: #84

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I've never given a one star review. 'I hated it' is so harsh. I've given 2 star reviews but I explain why. Like Linda, I start out expecting to like a book - I wouldn't have chosen it if I didn't. That's what I don't like about 'free books in exchange for reviews' - I know there's a section for this here but I wouldn't go there because I know I might pick up a book I'd have to review harshly. I'm happier being nice to people, and yes, I'd contact the author privately too.
I think it's valid to review only those books you can give 3 or more stars to Jonathan. You are in a difficult position as an author. As a reviewer, I lose no income if people hate me! Fnar, fnar!
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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
16 Apr 2013, 10:51 AM | Post: #85

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I offered free review copies here once. LOL

I got ONE very fine review. The second reader took the book but admitted later that she didn't have the time to read it (could be an excuse, who knows). The third reader read it, told me in a private message that she loved it and couldn't wait for my next book - but she never reviewed it.
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Offline Kew Reading Black Butterflies by Sara Alexi
16 Apr 2013, 12:40 PM | Post: #86

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RE: One Star Reviews

This post was last modified: 16 Apr 2013 12:41 PM by Kew.
I've read some of the pages on this thread, but not all of them, so sorry if I'm repeating points that others have already made.

I've only ever given one one-star review and that was for a comic book where there were so many frames to the page that it was literally unreadable, even on the pc. I think the book was withdrawn and hope that it was edited appropriately. Otherwise the lowest review was a two-star early in my kindle days when I felt that I had to finish a book once I'd started - now I think life is too short for bad books so won't carry on if I really don't like something, then I won't review it because I totally disagree with people reviewing books that they haven't read right through.

I have read comments where people don't trust a book if it has only five-star reviews, so the one-star reviews, although unpleasant, give credibilty to a book's overall rating, I think. Look at any main stream or recognised classic on amazon and you will find one star reviews. You could be the next Dickens but you will still get one star reviews.
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Offline Katherine Roberts Reading I keep forgetting to update this!
17 Apr 2013, 11:23 AM | Post: #87

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RE: One Star Reviews

(15 Apr 2013 05:20 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  Over time, in my opinion, word-of-mouth is the only way to sell significant numbers as an indie.

I think that's true for ALL books! Word of mouth is the real fire. That's why ebooks are brilliant, because they need never go out of print so word of mouth has a chance to build, whether they are traditionally published or indie.
Offline TechnoHippy Reading One book at a time
26 Aug 2013, 09:16 AM | Post: #88

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I've just received my first 1 star rating over on Goodreads :-(
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26 Aug 2013, 09:40 AM | Post: #89

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(26 Aug 2013 09:16 AM)TechnoHippy Wrote: Wrote:  I've just received my first 1 star rating over on Goodreads :-(
Goodreads raters aren't as generous as Amazon ones and some use the system as their personal journal to keep track of where they are with their books.  I once read that a reader marks all the books she's planning on reading soon as 1 star.  Was there a review to go with the rating?
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RE: One Star Reviews

I agree, Goodreads ratings about one star lower than on Amazon. I once complained to Goodreads because a reviewer had given one star to a book that wasn't even out and Goodreads wouldn't remove it because they said some people use it to track what they want (or don't want) to read.
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