Under my new book is a bunch of reviews that look like gibberish. You can check my link to see what I mean. Look at the reviews. Most of it is utter nonsense. I’m not even talking about “I hated this book” type of reviews. These have nothing at all to do with the book, and it’s obvious. It sounds like some school kids are doing this to “chat” with each other, but I have no way of verifying that’s what is happening.
I’ve flagged and reported the reviews to B&N. But it doesn’t sound like B&N does much to respond. I came across this thread on the PubIt boards. I’m not the only person this is happening to. Others are noticing it, too. I thought I saw a thread on KB about this, but I can’t find it right now.
So I wanted to give everyone a notice that this is going on at B&N. I don’t know what the answer is, except maybe to remove the book and put up a new version, wait and see if B&N will do something about it, or something else. What I do know is that it’s hard to get a sales ranking back when you remove a book.
As if there wasn’t enough stuff going on out there to hurt the credibility of reviews, this is another hurdle hard-working, honest self-published authors are facing. All I can say is self-publishing is not for the weak of heart.