Thursday, March 01, 2007
Last week I put up a post about Harriet Klausner, the infamous woman who puts up a bazillion "reviews" on Amazon. It turns out a lot of people are interested in Harriet. At least 3 blogs linked to my post and I received over 150 hits in one day on that post. I'm kind of surprised more people didn't actually comment on the blog, though a few did email me. The reason I mention this is because the conversation spun off into another direction that kind of surprised me. Most people who commented on the other blogs and emailed me had the same sort of indignation I did over Klausner's reviews. But it turns out there may be a bigger outrage out there. Some people have told me that Barnes & Noble appears to be deleting negative reviews from their website. I don't know if this is true or not, but people are claiming that when they go back to read other reviews on books they've read, they noticed their own posts have disappeared and the overall ratings on the books seem to go up. I've also been told that complaints to B & N are pretty much ignored. As much as Klausner annoys me, I've never heard of Amazon deleting any reviews unless complaints are filed over objectionable content. If B & N are deleting critical comments to sell books, well that's repugnant. In a totally unrelated aside, my friend Mike over at What's Happening Vegas? put up a fun post dedicated to this blog. Mike's recovering from a week long stay in the hospital due to heart failure and was kind enough to think of us sci-fi geeks in his convalescence. Be sure to stop in and tell him you hope he gets better soon.