8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 11, 2015 12:42 PM by MacMcK1957

    Game Players on Book Ratings

    hookedonnook9

      I know this is probably not the correct forum for my 'soapbox rant/question'.  However, I don't where else to post.  Is there no way to keep 'gamers' off the rating system for nook books?  It is obvious by their postings.  However, the postings over or under inflate the ratings.  Many times it is difficult to tell if anyone other than professional reviewers actually like a book or not.  Where do I post this - and/or can anything be done?  Thank you.

        • Re: Game Players on Book Ratings
          keriflur

          agarcia I'd like to know the answer to this too. Is B&N going to fix this?

          • Re: Game Players on Book Ratings
            Froide

            Gamers, as well as kids who post nonsense, skew many books' ratings. I always flag such posts, in hopes BN's administrators will remove them.  Never checked backed to see if the admins take action, though.  (If the admins don't, then they should.)

            • Re: Game Players on Book Ratings
              Alex Garcia

              Thank you for the post, and I understand your frustration totally.

               

              This has been a longtime issue for us, and one that i'm embarrassed to say hasn't been totally rectified just yet.

              However, what I can say is we have taken a strong look at our past/current review system; and should have everything up to order VERY soon.

               

              - Alex

                • Re: Game Players on Book Ratings
                  hookedonnook9

                  Thanks.  Hopefully, a solution will be found soon.  Problem for authors and publishers as well as - most importantly - your clients!

                    • Re: Game Players on Book Ratings
                      MacMcK1957

                      I hadn't realized that the ratings were being left out there even when the comments were removed.  That does strike me as a significant problem, effectively invalidating the whole rating system for any books where this happened.

                       

                      Now if they could only do something about the professional reviews.  Unfortunately, B&N applies the same set of reviews to all versions of a book, so you may find a review of a narrator's voice on a print copy, or comments on the quality of the translation on an edition translated by someone else entirely.  I downloaded a version of Plato's Republic.  It's actually an e-book from Open Media, translated by Benjamin Jowett, and includes a commentary by him that's almost as long as what Plato wrote.  The editorial reviews compliment a translator named Tschemplik and the lovely binding of the Vintage Classics edition.