So, a month or so back
I outlined a simple experiment to check some of the ongoing stories
, and rumors
about Amazon reviews and who can post them. It’s been a month, so I figured I could toss down a few lumps of data for your perusal.
First off, the books I reviewed. There’s a full list below. I’ve included links to Amazon just to make it quick and simple for anyone to follow up on each review. There’s also a few letters by each name that cover a bunch of other variables.
t = I follow the author on Twitter
T = We follow each other
F = Facebook friends/followers with said author
A = Amazon verified purchase
C = Control review. This should
be rejected immediately, for reasons
The dates I’m listing are the dates I wrote and submitted the review. As mentioned in the earlier post, they all had at least twelve hours between them. Most of them went up in minutes. In a few cases cases, there was a delay of anywhere from hours to almost two days before the review actually posted on Amazon. And yet… every one of them did go up.
They’re roughly alphabetical, except in a few places where I had to swap out titles for one reason or another (a few books I’d planned to review for this didn’t actually come out yet…). That’s more a function of the original list I threw together, not anything else. All of them are books I’ve read in the past year, more or less.
I know originally I said I’d only do positive reviews. After the second or third day, I decided to only do five star reviews (to smooth out one more variable). Again, these are all honest reviews. I really, truly loved all of these books and I think you should read a bunch of them right now or at least put them on your Christmas list. On a few, I mention that said book was maybe a 4.5, but I rounded up since Amazon doesn’t allow partial stars. This also meant I had to switch out one or two books (because believe me… not everything I read is five-star-wonderful by a long shot).
All the control books either have a blurb from me right on the cover or there on the Amazon page in the editorial/press material. The one exception is Kaiju Rising, an anthology I have a story in, where Amazon lists me as the sole author, and most of the editorial/press stuff mentions me as well. On all those reviews (as you can see) I openly, blatantly stated my connection to the book, both for Amazon and also so it wouldn’t look like a cheap/bogus review that might reflect back on said author.
If there’s some factor you can think of that I missed, please let me know and I’ll see if it’s something I can include the next time around..
Anyway, here’s the list of books/reviews…
20th – Okay, I spent the day at the LACMA Guillermo del Toro exhibit and went out to dinner with friends. Sue me.
Now, with those titles and dates in mind, here’s a few things that’ve happened already…
First off, doing a review a day becomes oddly time-consuming. Especially trying to write an honest-I-read-this-review without giving away any spoilers.
Also, I never knew this before, but… things people buy as gifts off your Amazon wish list do not count as verified purchases. Yeah, I know—weird. Creeping Stones and Experimental Film were birthday/Christmas gifts, yet neither reads as a verified purchase. I mention it just because I’m trying to put down all the info I can. I’d guess it’s because even though the item was clearly bought for you, you’re not the one who purchased it. Something to work on, Amazon…
And as of this writing, all thirty of them are still up. It’s been six days since I reviewed The Voodoo Killings and over five weeks since I reviewed Alight.
We’ll check in on this experiment one more time in early October and see where things are at.