The Stigma of Paid Reviews 11/19 by Page Readers | Blog Talk Radio. During this interview, I am able to tackle the controversial subject of “paid book reviews” head on, in an informative, balanced and provocative way (humble cough here). I explore some causal factors and express my views on why Review-Worm.Com is leading the way as a 21st century catalyst for change.
Personally, I see nothing wrong with paying for “honest” reviews. If the author doesn’t like the review, they have the option of “sorting” reviews, or rejecting it back. Their call.
Originally posted on Kbuuk:
A few weeks ago I read this article on Forbes entitled Fake Reviews: Amazon’s Rotten Core which is pretty self-explanatory, but I encourage everyone to read it if you have not already. Then yesterday I find a blog post from Ditchwalk about Revisiting the Book Review Problem, which also references a piece written in the New York Times. And then there was another article I read from Forbes entitled Publishing Is Broken, We’re Drowning In Indie Books – And That’s A Good Thing. In this article, author David Vinjamuri also talks about how the self-publishing industry needs something like a Rotten Tomatoes. And then today I go to see what our lovely Christina Ledbetter has written for us this week, and this is her post title: Paying for (Glowing) Book Reviews, and Other Atrocities.
There are a few things I would like to say about the review issue. As a marketer, I am trained to listen to the market, and, market, we’re listening at Kbuuk. We hear you. This is a problem, and we want to try to figure it out. We want your opinions and feedback on the issue. How important are reviews to you as a reader and/or as an author? Given the opportunity, what would you do to implement a change in the current system? If you have answers to these questions, we want to hear them, so feel free to leave comments and suggestions below or email us at email@example.com. Secondly, I don’t know if paying for reviews is inherently bad. I think there are certain caveats and expectations on both the author’s side and the reviewer’s side, but I’ll save those for another day. For now, I’ll just let you read Christina’s take on the issue.
Paying for (Glowing) Book Reviews, and Other Atrocities
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