Happy Tuesday, everyone. Hope you’re all having a great week.
With the recent brouhaha (love that word!) over reviews and Amazon taking it upon themselves to purge the site of scores of ‘unfair’ reviews, a question came to mind: what exactly makes a review fair? Is it really unfair for friends and family to post reviews to support the author? For authors to review other authors – positively or negatively? What about reviewers who receive a free copy of the novel?
How far can we go to determine the validity of a review, and who should determine it?
I certainly don’t have the answers to these questions, but if I was crowned the Goddess of Reviews, I’d start with the following.
Reviewers/ reviews should:
*Have read the book
*Not contain spoilers
*Not contain insults personal to the author
*Not judge anything other than the work itself (rating the book low because of speed of delivery, etc)
*Provide at least one reason why they liked/ disliked the book (other than ‘it was crap’ etc)
What do you think? Are all reviews valid by virtue of providing a consumer response? Should there be guidelines?