I haven't thought much about them until recently. The only place I ever filled them in was Netflix and that was so I could get better suggestions from them. Generally speaking, I don't do Amazon reviews or go around to other sites and tell people what I think.
If you're on there and want to connect with me, you can find my profile here.
The first thing you do when you sign up for GoodReads is rate a bunch of books so that it can offer you suggestions and hook you up with similar readers. I started using their scale, happily rating more than fifty books before stumbling to a halt.
Do you review and rate books? Do those little colored stars factor into your buying decision?
Authors talk a lot about ratings and book reviews. It's rather important to us that people like our book, after all. Ratings and reviews give us a glimpse into what people think about books... sometimes. I tried to be honest in rating my books. The scale according to GoodReads is this:
- 1 star - I didn't like it
- 2 stars - it was ok
- 3 stars - I liked it
- 4 stars - I really like it
- 5 stars - it was amazing
But I know this happens. I know people who've done this. They read a fellow author's new book and want to help them sell their book, so they give it a glowing five star review, when all it really deserved was a respectable four stars, or maybe it was just okay and should have a three.
The converse also happens. I've seen MANY one star reviews, particularly after a book has been on free promotion, that trash a book just because it's Christian. The story may be excellent, the writing superb, but the content is Christian and they were trying to fool everybody into reading it by making their book free for a couple of days. At least according to the reviewer.
|I removed the identifying information on this review, because I'm not trying to bash someone for leaving their opinion. I just wanted to give an example.|
What do you think about those little colored stars? Do they factor in to your purchasing decisions? Do you rate books?
If you're an author, what do you think when you see a fellow author give you something besides a five star rating? Does it hurt your relationship with them?