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Kindle book reviews should be listed seperately.

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Initial post: 28 Feb 2014, 22:59:05 GMT
Quickie says:
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Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 07:35:09 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
Why do you feel that a non book review "devalues" book reviews?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014, 08:14:51 GMT
"league tables"

What are these? I have never seen any league tables for products or books on Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014, 08:41:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2014, 08:44:27 GMT
Quiverbow says:
"however I have noticed that it seems that it is the 'product' reviews that always rank high in the league tables, which only devalues the reviews given for books."

I'm assuming by 'product' you mean the hard/soft back copy. In which case, it makes the second part of the quote meaningless, unless you meant "given for Kindle books".

Maybe the hard/soft back version is available before any Kindle version, in which case reviews for the former will be more prominent simply because they have been there longer and had more chance to be ranked higher in the 'league tables'.

Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 08:44:47 GMT
A customer says:
I'm in the dark about the league tables, but I have noticed that when in the Kindle book store there is no option to find a review helpful (or not) - unless you first click ' view this item on Amazon' (which will take you to said book on the Amazon.co.uk we know and love). I'm sure on many occasions readers find a review helpful (or don't) but this extra work involved in going to an entirely different page and locating the review in question drastically reduces the votes on Kindle books - hence Kindle books reviews get much less votes than say 'products' in general. Maybe this is what Quickie is referring to.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014, 09:43:00 GMT
Quickie says:
Because the book reviews are not as easily accessible as when you buy other amazon products and are therefore voted on much less because of it. If Amazon were to publish a seperate review league table just for books I think it would be much more actively used.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2014, 09:44:36 GMT
Quickie says:
Apologies if I wasn't clear in my original post but by product I mean all other products you can by from Amazon ie non Kindle related.

Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 09:56:13 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 08:58:14 GMT
It still does not make any sense. What do you mean by "league tables"? I have never seen such a thing on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 09:59:08 GMT
Quiverbow says:
I'm assuming he means the reviews and which one is at the top of the page. But then again, that isn't anything to do with whether a review is for the Kindle or hard/soft back, as it's all the same words inside anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 12:20:23 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
Please permit me a moment of irony... Not directed at you in particular QB but to those who think that the reviews of a DVD and BluRay version of a film should be different. The number of times I've been lambasted for cross posting a DVD review to the BR version because people who want to buy a BluRay are apparently more interested in the repro quality than the actual film itself...

By that token, reviews of the eBook and paperback versions SHOULD be different

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 12:26:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2014, 12:31:32 GMT
Quiverbow says:
Aren't DVD and Blu Ray reviews different in that some do have different content whereas a book and a Kindle version of it are the same? I guess if they separated the Kindle and book reviews, they would have to for DVD and Blu Ray and other reviews that cross over (such as reviewing a Toshiba laptop I just bought that has reviews for different models all under the same banner).

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 12:29:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2014, 12:30:37 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
Not if you're just reviewing the film (ETA ...unless it's a special BR edit)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 13:29:00 GMT
There are many physical books with extensive illustrations and using papers with textures, where they do provide a very different experience to that from an eBook.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 13:33:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2014, 13:34:10 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
Absolutely. Yet Amazon treats eBooks and paperacks the same .

Sometimes I even confuse myself.

Posted on 3 Mar 2014, 14:04:15 GMT
The thing is that people treat this site as if it were some kind of "review library"; whereas it is a shopping site, where people are looking to get help with their purchase.

So, nobody needs any more reviews of a blockbuster film; they probably saw it in the cinema, have read about it in the papers etc. What they want to know when logging on to Amazon, are the small details, that might mean you buy the Blu Ray version rather than the DVD or just streaming the film, watching it on Sky On Demand etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014, 14:22:52 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
While I agree that the majority of customers who come to the site will buy Zulu because they know it's a good film and want to buy the DVD, there are still going to be some customers who're just looking for a good film and want to know whether it fits the bill. Which of those buyers a particular reviewer writes to is up to the reviewer to decide.

Posted on 3 Mar 2014, 14:30:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2014, 14:36:38 GMT
I would disagree that any people come to Amazon "just looking for a good film". You would look at many other websites which are set up for this purpose, first. Amazon is not suited to a general search, it is sorted by products and does not let you search for anything else; whereas many other websites are set up to be searched by categories and provide recommendations about films and types of films.

To be frank, you would have to be daft to try to search Amazon in this way; it is just not set up to look for "good films" and any sensible person could find a dozen better sites for this purpose, with a quick search on Google.

No, the only reason people write "general" reviews of films is vanity and not to help buyers. They are mistaking their own importance and the purpose of this site, as I was saying.
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