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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 04:52:58 GMT
Roger Sharp says:
These American reviews are rubbish. Some Yank declares that the company selling green PEBLs is unreliable and can't be trusted based on his experince several years ago. Well, I'm the guy plouhing a lonely furrow selling Green PEBLs - it's my company. The point is I've only been in business 6 months, and have never sold a PEBl to the USA. His rubbish review is sitting under my companies product when he's talking about a different company. This is not helpful and I would dearly like to introduce him to a PEBL in the old fashioned way

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 04:54:43 GMT
Roger Sharp says:
Motorola u6 PEBL (Pebble) Celery Green SIM Free Mobile Phone (NOT ex-network)
As I plough a lonely furrow, trying to convert people to spurn their iphone for a green pebl, I find it quite irksome to be told by an american that the company that sells them (mine) let him down several years ago and can't be trusted. I've never sold a PEBL to the USA and only been in business 6 months. I'd like to start exporting PEBLs and the first one will be aimed up this blokes nethe regions.

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 09:19:35 GMT
The U S reviews are an excellent addition, especially for books by black authors which constitutes much of my kindle reading material. I read a lot of interracial romance and African American romance and there is a dearth of reviews for these books on the English site so I essentially have to rely on the U S to provide reviews for the books I read. I have found it very useful. Thank You Amazon.

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 17:24:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2012 17:24:49 GMT
PLB delivers nothing but personal abuse.

Posted on 26 Jan 2012 11:15:11 GMT
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Memoir
14 x 5 star reviews in the UK.
1 x 5 star review in the US.
Now the UK site is only showing the single US review!
Where are the UK reviews and why are they not showing?

Any ideas???????

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 17:22:41 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2012 20:04:33 GMT
Little frog says:
how right you are. Book reviews the same.Please, please Mr or Mrs America - learn the difference between a book review and a synopsis of the book - so often your "reviews" are so long and rambling you give the whole plot away so buying and reading the book for oneself is ruined. Please a little thought - a review -not a blow by blow account of the plot.

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 15:14:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Feb 2012 15:25:12 GMT
Robin Benson says:
Good idea but instead of taking up space on the page why not just have a link to the relevant page on US Amazon. Also how about only using the US reviews if there are less than three UK reviews for a product.

Linking to the US site is worthwhile because (considering US published books) they are frequently cheaper from US Amazon than from UK online sellers and that includes the airfreight too. Plus US Amazon allows me to pay in sterling so avoiding credit card currency conversion charges.

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 09:41:59 GMT
S. Mansi says:
Excellent new feature - I'm always disappointed if there are no reviews of something, so to be able to see straight away the US reviews and click through to follow them up is great, and has already influenced me both to buy and not to buy, in a number of cases.

Posted on 11 Feb 2012 08:25:23 GMT
Bluestocking says:
I suppose it's better than nothing but I was annoyed to see one of the reviews for Look at Me didn't criticise the book at all but talked only about the price in the US compared with the UK. One star for a book he/she didn't review.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 18:58:46 GMT
Absolutely right. I wasn't sure whether or not to order One Greek is Not Enough but did so after reading a detailed review from the US.

Posted on 13 Feb 2012 22:30:48 GMT
MC says:
With only one review on http://amazon.co.uk, having another with a very different point of view from the USA was very helpful.

Posted on 15 Feb 2012 17:26:22 GMT
Unsurprisingly, there are mixed feelings for non-UK reviews. How do you please both camps? Give the customer the choice, please. Display UK-only reviews on the UK site with a button to click for displaying US reviews (or others). Easy for Amazon to fix, and would satisfy all those in this thread.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 11:37:43 GMT
lurker says:
Don't agree with the trend setters bit, but it's good idea.

Posted on 23 Feb 2012 06:06:35 GMT
Helpful idea. As mentioned, it saves going to the US site to double check or find reviews that the UK site doesn't have.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012 13:49:02 GMT
Clare W. says:
I am very happy that US reviews are provided, as if there were no reviews I would not necessarily buy the product. So thanks Amazon.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012 16:24:13 GMT
wuffstuff says:
Brilliant!!! Well done Amazon UK!!! Have been asking you for this for ages, am so happy that you now include a link to the Amazon US reviews! Now it's easier for me and I don't have to grumble and open a new tab and search for it myself on the US site. Many thanks! Mark

Posted on 4 Mar 2012 12:55:34 GMT
Strange that this useful process doesn't seem to work in reverse however. My own just published historical novel 'A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright' has so far attracted one reader review on each side of the Atlantic but, whilst the US one may be seen on the UK side, the UK review is not showing on the US side. Anyone know if Amazon are intending to make this a two way process?

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 21:13:16 GMT
K. Fenton says:
Get the RIGHT reviews. There are US reviews for Now that's what I call music 12 which say that it's an awful CD and suggesting track replacements which weren't even released until almost 15 years LATER than this CD was available! US Now albums are different and numbered differently. Now 12 UK = 1988, Now 12 US = approx 2003. Completely different era. The reviews are for a completely different CD which is very misleading. Check what you're matching it up with first.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 16:27:59 GMT
I think it's a great idea, specially if a book has been released in the US before the UK. I rarely buy a book from a new author if there are no reviews.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 18:14:01 GMT
Let's hope the US readers do not follow your example though Sheila, since they don't see the UK reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2012 19:08:46 GMT
Same here, a pleasant surprise, helpful to see the extra reviews without having to go through all the steps to read reviews, especially when there aren't any yet on other sites!!

Seems like it's easy to avoid reading reviews for those who don't want them.

I do understand and am fascinated with cultural differences in taste, and can usually tell those. And in this case, they are separated, so it's very easy to take advantage of those from other cultures, or not.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2012 19:20:59 GMT
When I'm concerned about fake posts I use the easy option of clicking on the profiles of the posters. Real name badges can be helpful in that capacity, too.

Reading Amazon customer reviews with interest and appreciation for several years, it's been my experience that most seem to be honest opinions, though some seem to be geared toward blocking sales, some blatantly say "Do not buy this product."

The most honest opinions seem to be about products other than books.

I've enjoyed reading reviews by Brits on this site [and on the US site] when they're available, because it seems to me that more honesty is expressed here as far as fewer trolls posting single star rip reviews just for fun.

Since the new setup makes it easy to separate where reviews come from, I'll still be able to see the UK's unique perspective which I've always enjoyed.

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 02:31:15 BDT
R. PEMBERTON says:
Admittedly US views may be different to UK because of cultural differences, especially when it comes to music, but it's really useful when UK reviews are non-existent or thin on the ground.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 02:38:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2012 02:47:20 BDT
R. PEMBERTON says:
Editing this because, as I posted it as a response to a previous posting, I thought it would show as that, but hasn't, so to make it clear, this refers to the mutliple entries by Roger Sharp:
How many times do you want this posted - determined to make your point? I was sympathetic when I first read it, now I'm on the fourth entry I'm turning against you. Suggest it's not a good policy for winning friends and influencing people
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