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TheTempornaut37 karma

Hey Tommy. Your website is great —very helpful in theory but can be misleading in practice. I'm the author of a self published book on Amazon and have 73 5* reviews that admittedly surpassed my greatest expectations in their positivity. But my book reviews completely fail your tests even though not 1 review is solicited, nor 1 reviewer known by me.

As a result my reviews are measured as fake (70% removed) even though they're all genuine. Is there anything I can do about this? Or what precautions can you take to not to "penalise" the true reviews.

TheTempornaut14 karma

Thank you very much for your reply Tommy, much appreciated. In my case, I have not given a single copy away for free in return for reviews. I have done nothing in return for reviews - absolutely nothing. Nor do I chase them. I live in Greece and the reviews, I can only assume, are largely US-based.

The only copies I have given away are to family & friends without any reviews from them. I am simply stating the facts that every review is genuine - I have also received sub-5 star reviews.

My book became known via my website and hence I had a reader platform without needing an external publisher. But again, I do not know any of the reviewers, yet 70% are deemed unnatural. Just a thought.

As an author, admittedly, it saddened me but I have tried to ignore it. The more successful your site becomes, however, the more impact it will have on potential sales. I personally understand the plethora of fake reviews on Amazon has distorted the market, but to be lumped together with people who intentionally go out to distort their sales is unfair.

I wish you all of the best nevertheless.

Edit: added some extra information

TheTempornaut7 karma

I have sent it to you as a private message. I think the main 'false signal' comes from limitations in the use of human language, meaning that humans tend to use the same language when praising a product, and their vocabulary is probably also influenced by reading other reviews, whether consciously or not.

Edit: for your information, the few unverified purchases I can only conclude are reviewers who have read the Kindle version of the book, which is available on my website only at this stage.