Paul Carr on the 64 one-star reviews at Amazon for Michael Lewis’s new best-seller, The Big Short:
There’s just one problem with that message: less than half of those
one star reviews are actually reviewing the book.
Instead, most of the reviewers’ ire relates to the fact that
publishers WW Norton have decided not to release a Kindle version of
the book at the same time as its hardback release. Writes one
(pretty representative) reviewer by the name of Ben Kaplan:
“I’d like to add my name to the list of people who are very
disappointed that this book does not have a Kindle edition. No, I
haven’t read the book, but I want to — on my Kindle! If all these
one star reviews lead to fewer sales, I think that would be a
great result and an excellent lesson for the author/publisher.”
Some publishers are treating Kindle editions like paperbacks — something to release only after the hardcover edition has run its course.