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Initial post: 11 Apr 2014 07:22:00 BDT
annastam says:
Am I the only reader to wonder at how some people manage to write one review every 3-4 days, even over holidays such as Christmas and the New Year? is it ever so slightly suspicious? do these people work? or am I an exception, as one who does not manage to read a book in 2 days?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 08:22:51 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I think people make choices about how they spend their time. Some like reading and writing reviews and hate watching television. I never watch television and my main hobby is reading.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 09:27:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2014 14:42:18 BDT
Ghostgrey51 says:
I'm bemused (to put it politely) that both contributions attracted such a swift number of 'negs' without the sort of...err robust rebuttals you could expect to find on the Religious and Political forums.

Annastam makes an interesting point.
I could see how a contributor could make a number of reviews overs a short period, particularly during a 'holiday seasons', depending on what type of material they were reviewing and the length of their reviews.
On my Vine 'stint' there are occasions when I have given over that amount of time in order to meet Vine requirements.
There are folk who can do this as a matter of course and produce good reviews because that's how they are.
As Damaskcat points out some people have reading as a hobby, and so again such an output is possible.

HOWEVER to repeat, the fact that Annastam got 'neg'd so quickly suggests that some folks' raw nerves might have been 'tweaked'...mmm?.
Both contributors made credible contributions and did not deserve such treatment without those who 'neg'd explaining themselves.

C'mon then, let's be hearing from you.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 14:43:49 BDT
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Posted on 11 Apr 2014 14:53:09 BDT
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Posted on 11 Apr 2014 15:14:35 BDT
A customer says:
As far as the original question is concerned. No, I don't find it suspicious that someone (with enough free time) could regularly read a book every 2-3 days.
If it was one book (or more) each day, then I would find that suspicious.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 15:24:52 BDT
A customer says:
It also makes a big difference if they enjoyed the book/ or not. It takes me at least twice as long to read a book which I'm not particularly enjoying. Whereas a book which I am really enjoying, is much quicker to read, as you look forward to getting back to it asap.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 15:33:10 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 16:11:07 BDT
Damaskcat says:
What about the disabled or people housebound for other reasons? I don't think you can make the assumption that no one has enough time to read and review as many as one book a day. Don't forget date of posting of reviews is no indication of when the book was actually read.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 16:27:46 BDT
A customer says:
Fair point (although I think it would have been better directed at the original post).

Where do you draw the line of when the frequency of reviews becomes suspicious?

I have said that for me it's around one review each day (for a full length book) which I thought was being quite cautious actually - that's a lot of reading time.

I suppose someone could be a bed ridden insomniac and the worlds quickest reader to boot, reading & reviewing in depth 3 books every 24hrs. But clearly that is not the norm.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 16:39:34 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I was responding to your point about one book review or more a day being suspicious.

I don't really have a point at which I would regard any number of reviews a day as suspicious as I don't think you can generalise.

This book makes an interesting read for those who believe that one book a day is impossible

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 16:57:17 BDT
A customer says:
I think you have to generalise, in order to answer the original question. And it's also natural to make assumptions based on your own experience. The original poster has probably seen a reviewer who reviews a book every 2-4 days, which for them, using their own experience, was suspicious.
For me, using my own experience, that wouldn't be suspicious. But in the same way, a reviewer posting one book review or more every day, would to me, seem suspicious.
I'm not saying that it's impossible to read a book in one day. But to do it day in and day out, is in my op - suspicious.

Are you saying that there is no point where (using your own experience) the number of reviews written each day, would become suspicious to you? What if they were writing 5?

The book you posted a link to looks quite interesting, although I'm not so sure that it's quite my cup of tea :)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 17:19:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2014 17:21:14 BDT
Quiverbow says:
I notice that on 4th January 2013, you reviewed a book of 146 pages, another with 288 pages, and a near six hour DVD box set. On 3rd July 2013, you reviewed three books with 288 pages, 464 pages, and 5,861 pages. Then on 20th February 2014, there are two reviews of books with 256 pages and 624 pages.

Reading and reviewing a book every three or four days, even if you do work, is easy.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 17:35:37 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I think we are going to have to agree to differ here as to me my own experience is not the only thing I would take into account because not everyone is like me. If I assumed everyone was like me I'd be regarding all sorts of behaviour as suspicious.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 21:38:38 BDT
sally tarbox says:
It's absolutely possible - I've read 35 so far, but some were quite hefty - if you only read books with fewer pages or 'easy reading' you could read twice as much. And of course one also reviews books that one's perused but not read from start to finish - craft books, art books etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 21:58:09 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 09:27:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2014 09:30:17 BDT
As you say, it's quite possible to have a few books on the go and read 3 or 4 a week. People will commute for 2 hours or so each way, every day and read books all the way. Some books are very easy reads. I can remember when Terry Pratchett's books first came out and they seemed quite funny. It was quite possible to read 2 in a day or less.

It's also possible that some people are late to Amazon and have read and reviewed thousands of books before discovering it and are simply copying and pasting them from another source. I can remember studying English and American Literature at college and getting through hundreds and hundreds of books, but that was long before Amazon was a twinkle in anybody's eye.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 10:34:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2014 10:38:44 BDT
A customer says:
"It's also possible that some people are late to Amazon and have read and reviewed thousands of books before discovering it and are simply copying and pasting them from another source."

Yes that's true, but once they have decided to do that, you would expect their reviews to be transferred over to Amazon quite quickly. Not one or two each day.
When I copied all my reviews onto .com it only took a minute or so to do each one.

I feel sorry for anyone spending four hours on the train every day. But yes, that would be a practical way to read and review a serious amount, I suppose.

See there are times where I can actually agree with you :)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 16:27:59 BDT
sally tarbox says:
Ah but when I first started reviewing on amazon.com, and was transferring reviews over from .co.uk, I was so untechnical that (blush) I didn't know about copy & paste. used to copy out British reviews longhand into a notebook & re-type them on American site! (Have progressed a little since then.) So only submitted a few a day

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 17:50:17 BDT
A customer says:
I think the content of the review also adds, or subtracts from the suspicion of a high review output. If the review is in-depth and shows they have actually read it, then there is little or no suspicion (they obviously just read a lot). But if the review is quite vague - such as "this was a good read" and that's it, and doesn't show any sign that they have read (the whole of) it, then that along with a high review output, is quite suspicious.

Wasn't the number 1 reviewer in America writing lots of vague book reviews every day, with lots of them quite similar to the back cover description, before she was busted that is?

Also I'm not sure I agree with reviewing books which may have been read ages ago. I only started reviewing books since getting my Kindle, but I could review loads of paperbacks from before that, from memory, such as pretty much every James Herbert book for example. There's 15-20 reviews right there. But they would all end up being pretty vague. If I ever read them again, then I will review them.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 02:39:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2014 02:40:06 BDT
I read books in two to three days! Every spare moment between work, school, housework, and Kids. It's my hobby it costs a fortune! Although, with kindles vast library of titles for free, I can now afford my habit much better than when I had to buy paperbacks!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 16:12:42 BDT
Elke Feuer says:
I love the free reads too, Michelle! I went broke spending nearly 100 per week on paperback books.

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 16:16:10 BDT
Elke Feuer says:
I'm usually reading 2-3 books at one time myself. I've done that for years. I'm a little slower on writing the reviews (mostly because I suck at it), but I know others who love to do it to support the authors they love.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 21:05:54 BDT
A customer says:
I don't really understand the concept of reading more than one book at a time. I have recently been mainly reading short story collections, so I suppose that it would be possible to dip into one book, as well as many others at the same time. But when reading a full length book, I wouldn't stop reading it half way, and then start another book from scratch. Does anyone really do that?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014 08:21:07 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Yes people really do that. I always have done though I don't do it with every book I read by any means. Some books just grab you and you have to finish them - others especially serious non-fiction - you just want to read a small amount and then digest it.
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