Are you an author who never looks at your book reviews? Or are you constantly checking the sites and tweeting about your newest review?
I try to take a middle-of-the road approach and look at my reviews occasionally, or when my husband yells at me from the other room: “You’ve got another review!” I try to take reviews for what they are and consider the helpful pointers reviewers sometimes leave.
But a two-star review on Goodreads doesn’t exactly hold the same meaning as a two-star review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And Kobo uses Goodreads rankings!
Here’s a breakdown of what reviews on a few different sites mean.
|# of stars||Goodreads||Amazon||B&N|
|5 stars||It was amazing.||I love it.||Exceptional|
|4 stars||Really liked it.||I like it.||Very good|
|3 stars||Liked it.||It was ok.||Good|
|2 stars||It was ok.||I don’t like it.||Below average|
|1 star||Didn’t like it.||I hate it.||Poor|
An “It was ok” response from a reader is two stars on Goodreads and three stars on Amazon.
Your turn, WG2E-land! What do you think of the differences between rating systems? And how often do you check your reviews?
The Best of Seeing Stars Wishes — Tamara Ward
Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011. Tamara is also a proud member of our WG2E Family.