Why Are Reviews So Important?

reviewsSince I’ve been writing reviews of other authors books—I thought it might be a good idea to share why I started doing it. Once you’ve read my reasons… you may want to start reviewing books too!

Friends don’t let friends read bad books.

Writing and sharing book reviews is a community service to all of your reading buddies. Everyone wants to know about the next best book and NO ONE wants to waste their time with a terrible one. Help a book brother and sister out and write that review!

Try To Write Reviews

Reading is important.  But let’s take a step further, lets read critically, and figure out what makes the book great or terrible and write thoughtful reviews.  Your writing will benefit from this process and so will author. Win. Win.

Don’t Be Negative

If the book isn’t good enough to give it a 3-star rating stop reading it. The responsible thing to do is to tell the author that you did not finish the book and give an explanation. Negative reviews are important and they should be written especially if it the book was poorly edited. But most bad reads just come down to personal preference, not bad books. Writing unfounded nasty reviews hurts the author’s livelihood and makes the reviewer look like a tool.

Helping Others

Writing and sharing a book review is a benefit for the writing and reading community.  You help like-minded readers discover a great book and you help the author by providing valuable feedback.

Over 85% of all Amazon Kindle readers rely heavily on book reviews before making an online order to have the copy of the book. A good book review helps other readers determine if the book is for them.

The Algorithm

Positive ranking plays into the Amazon algorithm.  More sales, more reviews, equal higher ranking and exposure to more book buyers.

Read the book, wrote the review, but have you “liked” similar reviews to yours?  You should.  Clicking that like button gives like-minded reviewers more influence on the books they review and boosts that review up the list of reviews.

Also, part of the algorithm is the “If you liked this, then you might like that” book recommendation.  This is particularly helpful for the debut novel or authors with a smaller following

Exposure, Exposure, Exposure

More reviews get authors exposure to other book review sites, blogging communities, and book clubs. More reviews equal more sales for authors and more informed readers. It doesn’t take much to write a few lines about a book you read and even less time to “like” a review.

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