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Got an Unfair Book Review after Your FREE KDP Days?

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Then you are not alone. I heard this from many authors, and don’t even want to call them reviews – as these people totally ignore the rules how to write a book review – rather bashing authors and their work. Some people are hoarding free books, without checking them before, they don’t even read the “Look Inside” part on Amazon’s page and then, when it is not the right genre or a book in a series, or when it is too long or too short, they write harsh complaints, instead of writing a fair and professional review. 

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Just one example:
A great novel with 91 customer reviews, almost all in the 5-star range, received these negative “reviews”, after having the book up for two days on Amazon’s KDP Select.

1-Star Review
“I really can’t complain about this since it was a free book, but it…
By the end of the book, I didn’t like any of the characters….”

3-Star Review
“This was a “borrowed” book that I was able to get for being an Amazon Prime member. In a nutshell, this book entertained me for a few days, but I would not recommend it to a friend.”

90% of this books negative reviewers had not bought the book, one reviewer borrowed it through Prime Membership, the rest got it for free at Amazon’s KDP days, obviously without even reading the books description, nor the title headline (where the series was mentioned).  These reviewers just took their frustration out via an Amazon “review”, bashing the free book they had received on their Kindle.

Another example:
A #1 bestseller book in its category, with almost 5,000 !!! reviews. From the 281 “reviewers”, who gave 1-Star, only three of them had actually bought the book! It really seems to be a pattern that people, who download the book for free are very often writing negative reviews.

5 star: (2,802)
4 star: (1,023)
3 star: (554)
2 star: (278)
1 star: (281)
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Let your readers and friends decide if these negative reviews are helpful
Rating the existing book #reviews as “helpful” or “unhelpful” makes a significant impact! Voting for the most helpful reviews, your friends have the power to move them to the head of the line…

Amazon has this rarely used function: “Help other customers find the most helpful reviews” and “Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No”  

There is also another way to boost your book, in order to get more readers and reviews, which we explained in a former blog: “HIGHLIGHTS” in your book: A great tool in Amazon’s algorithm list for book popularity.

Laura Miller is a senior writer for Salon wrote: “Unless such a review is a spiteful slap-down written to gratify the un-examined resentments of the worst sort of reader, how welcome (let alone “useful”) can it really be?”  And think about it: “…it seems the more success you have, the harder some people are on you…”

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Funny, negative reviews
Bestseller author Rayne Hall just blogged about negative, but funny reviews she received, some are really hilarious. Have a look at her article, sampling some of the stupidities for her highly popular novel Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel):

“This book is too long. I had to spend many hours reading it. I’m busy and have other things to do.”

“The character of Queen Matilda is not believable”.    There’s no Queen Matilda in the book.

Read more here: http://venturegalleries.com/blog/have-you-ever-received-any-negative-reviews-that-were-really-funny-most-authors-have/#sthash.F0yMmfCb.dpuf

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3 responses to “Got an Unfair Book Review after Your FREE KDP Days?

  1. rbdavis5

    July 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    my first work just went up on Amazon free today, and I am already braced for the inevatable person that ignored the warning I put on it (WARNING – This is a collection of Horror stories. They are gory, gross, have drug and sexual references, mature situations and immature humor. If you are easily offended, this is not your book) as well as the reviewers that have ALL said the same thing. I just know someone is going to kick back a 1 star review saying “this was yucky, it scared me” …. its all part of the game.. thanks for the advice & article.

     
  2. Crystal Jigsaw

    July 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Yes, I found that people were publishing low rated reviews when they took one of my books for free. I read a lot of reviews for different book and many start off saying “I only downloaded this book because it was free…” which is about as helpful to an author as a chocolate teapot. My first book, which I didn’t put on KDPS, received only 4 and 5 star reviews, yet my 2nd received several 1 and 2 stars as soon as people started downloading it for free. Says so much more about the reviewer than it does the author.

     
  3. Matt Owens Rees

    August 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I agree Crystal. As authors, we appreciate constructive criticism – 1 star or 5 stars – but reviews from people downloading free books and then admitting they haven’t read them should be filtered out by Amazon. A persistent offender is Robert Magee who uses almost the same words in his low rated reviews. .But amazon are a law unto themselves. They won’t do anything

     

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