Monday, 29 November 2010

This made the UK Papers today and I am not really surprise !!!!

Women writers at war over fake book reviews on Amazon Read more:

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Author Rosie Alison became so incensed by a series of barbed reviews on the website that she called in investigators to see if rival publishers were behind the stinging criticism

Guidelines set by Amazon state that reviews should not be posted by anyone with a financial interest or a competing book.

 

But the online giant accepts anonymous reviews from anyone with a customer account.

 

This has led PR firms to provide favourable reviews of new books, at a price.

 

Nathan Barker, of Reputation 24/7, offers a service starting at £5,000.

 

He said: ‘First we set up accounts. For a romance novel we’d pick seven female profiles and three males.

 

‘We’d say we like this book but add a tiny bit of criticism and compare it to another book.’

 

Mr Barker claims this is common practice among publishers.

 

© Daily mail

 

Read the full article: HERE

 

2 Speak To Me:

Tam on 30 November 2010 at 12:38 said...

I'm not really surprised. That's why I don't put much stock in any reviews at Amazon or big commercial sites. There is no way to know who really did it, if they even read the book or their honesty. I prefer to base my choices on my own guess of the quality or the recommendations of people I trust. Too many people playing games.

Chris on 30 November 2010 at 18:19 said...

What Tam said. :)