Reviews – do they influence you?

I ran a poll similar to this a while ago but I am interested to know if your views have changed.

How influential are book reviews to you? There are some folks who say they will not buy a book with negative reviews (of course that’s relative – what constitutes a ‘negative’ rating? 1 star out of 5? 2? 3?). Some people read reviews to look for opinions similar to their own. There are people who never read reviews. And everything in between.

Personally, I will review a book I read, but not every book – I don’t have the time – and if I really can’t think of anything beyond a line or two then it probably isn’t worth it. I am contrary – I usually don’t read the reviews before I buy. Usually. Unless it’s only got a couple of 1 stars.  What appeals to me in a book is rather genre dependent – so it can be hard to judge one against another.

The poll runs for 1 week – and I will report on the findings afterwards. Get voting peeps.

2 thoughts on “Reviews – do they influence you?

  1. I keep trying to choose “other” and it doesn’t seem to want to let me! So, my vote is “other”! Ha ha! Reviews sometimes influence me, it depends on how persuasive they are. But, when it comes to strictly ratings, I could care less. I’ll still read a book if it has an average of 2.3 stars out of 200 ratings because… You never know what you may like!

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