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  •  And the memories of the Amazon takeover of (4+ / 0-)

    Shelfari are still fresh. Amazon bought it. It pretty much died of neglect.

    When I want a reader's review of a book, I will check B&N, Amazon and finally Goodreads. Only if there is not interest in the book at Goodreads to I really use the reviews on commercial sites.

    Why? The book Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg has received a dozen or more one star (negative) reviews from people who proudly claim that they haven't read the book, they just want to talk about a current Fox News meme. Amazon does nothing to stop it. You rarely see any of that at Goodreads.

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

    by Susan Grigsby on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:29:04 AM PDT

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    •  I don't read many books (mainly tech blogs :), but (1+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29

      if you truly want to read a book why wouldn't you just read it. I suppose it's different with fiction and non-fiction, but in the case of Sheryl Sandberg's book, who cares if it's been trolled down to 1 or 2 stars? If you're interested in the subject, trust yourself and buy or borrow it.

      I value reviews with products like electronics and such, but when it comes to things that are purely taste, like books, movies, and music, I don't pay attention to reviews at all.

      •  $. Time. Misrepresentations. (1+ / 0-)
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        Susan from 29

        People who do read books, especially fiction, tend to read a lot of them. And the publisher's info isn't always reliable. The sort of reviews that goodreads collects are the kind that will let people know "if you like this kind of book, but hate the way this particular author writes, you'll hate this book. So don't waste your few recreational-use $ and your limited free time on this one. Instead, try xxxx."

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