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Just a dopey observation here.

My books do pretty well when it comes to getting reviews - the first in my series currently having over 300.  I definitely can't complain. I've reached the point where I'll keep track of them when a new book is released, to get an idea of general opinion on the story itself, but I don't obsessively check for them.  That being said, for a while now I've seen the oddest trend during those sometimes months-long lulls between book releases.

If I get a great glowing review, my sales rank for that book will take a nose dive.  If I get a low review, specifically one that goes into detail on all the things they hated, I see a sales boost.  It's the weirdest thing and just happened again today.  A book that was slowly sliding down got a low review and *bam* now the rank is several thousand spots higher than it was.

So all doomsayers of 1 stars take note. They're definitely not always a bad thing.

Sure they may hurt my feelings a bit, but it seems they are also providing me the means to purchase enough tissues to wipe away those tears.  ;D
 

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Arshness said:
A negative review is probably more accurate.

So maybe people do similar with books?
I don't get most of my books based on reviews. I get most from friends who already read it because I'm slower than most of my friends who read.
But if I were going to get a book based on the reviews, I think I'd pay attention to the negative reviews as much as the positives.
I do that when I buy items from Amazon too...

I always check the low reviews as well as the high ones to try to get a balanced view.
If an item has nothing but 5 star reviews, I'm going to wonder if it's that good, or if no one has pointed out the flaws yet.
I can buy that logic. I also think people are quicker to trust reviews that are 3 star and lower these days. There's been so much gaming of the system in the past few years that I can imagine people look at high reviews with a great deal of skepticism.
 
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