Today I witnessed a discussion between readers and an author which left a bad taste in my mouth.
The author had apparently spammed about his book and was caught making false reviews (apparently made by his family). This led the readers to believe he had so many 5 star reviews which were actually supposedly fake. The reader proceeded to tell the author to pxxx off and stop justifying something that was so obviously wrong! Added to this the book appeared to be riddled with errors...oops!
Anyway, I felt sorry for the author. Obviously, he is trying to pitch his book to sell - I guess to make money? But, he is deluded if he thinks what he has done/ is doing is right. I would not dream of asking people to make fake reviews... but then, is this happening all the time? I get the impression a lot of reviews are made up and do not actually give an honest opinion.
I am not the best reviewer, and I will seek to make amends and review items I purchase from now on. If I look at the reviews then I might as well post my own. But this is a strange world we live in. A world of reviews...in the old days you went to a shop, you liked something and you bought it. Sure people talked and gave reviews but usually you knew they were genuine.
Also, I have bought enough tat in my time as childrens presents/ food from the shop to know that I can spend £5 easily on rubbish. So, if you spend under £5 on a book are you justified to make that person feel like sxxx! You can't take a toy back and say this is sxxx. It's a risk on a cheap purchase.
Until I started writing I had no idea of the time, effort and work that goes into producing a book. Yet, now we can pick up a paperback from the supermarket for £1.50 - wow! That's cheaper than a portion of chips! What a world we live in...
But, I add I am always out for a good deal myself...so ce la vie...Let's toast to consumerism and the market economy - we should be so proud!