Friday, July 21, 2006

A Way To Minimise The Effects of Negative Reviews? Or Merely Censorship In Disguise?

I found this on an author blog, via a link from Sybil:

Hmmm... Aren't you Americans big on freedom of speech etc, etc, etc?

What if the reviewer genuinely hated a book? Is it right that only the good reviews should be featured at the top? I know they aren't talking about banning the crappy reviews, but isn't this a type of censorship? Would it even work? Wouldn't some people just choose to look at the negative reviews first anyway?

If a one star review is well written, without bashing the author, why should it be relegated to the bottom? What's the point in having reviews on a site such as Amazon, if authors can pick and choose which reviews go where?

I don't post reviews on Amazon, as a general rule, so it doesn't really affect me, but doesn't the whole idea make you feel a tad uncomfortable...?