I did not see a post of another way to solve this, but have you thought of asking others to read and post a review? I've had 2 negative reviews on a best seller. However, as other good ones came in, the negatives have been pushed to the bottom. Rarely do I read past the ones directly under the description. I don't bother with pulling up the others. Just a suggestion if you really believe in this book. Also, you might go back into your blurb and tactfully dispute whatever the person said with positive thoughts about your subject before readers even get to the review. Believe me, we all feel your pain.
[b]Thanks for the post, but the problem is the "review" ridicules and defames a great man, now deceased, that I admire very much.[/b] The ebook's other, positive reviews do not change this, nor does the detailed response I wrote.
If you read the prior posts, you will see I received a reply from Amazon.com's highest authority on this, and the review remains.
IMO the present ebook review system does more harm than good. Potential readers are deceived, authors are discouraged, so what good is there? I do not see any. At one time I was a professional book review editor for a Chicago newspaper, and I assure you very many of the "reviews" on Amazon.com would never be considered for publication.
The idea behind Amazon.com allowing all these reviews, is to increase interest through participation. There is increased participation, much of it by people who for their pleasure like to watch authors squirm. And, the interest is either negative, and often unfounded, or positive, and often paid for. The net result is much more negative than positive.
My best selling ebook has no reviews, and I prefer it that way.
Without even asking, I know why Amazon wouldn't bother to take down the review: quite simply, [u]you cannot defame the DEAD[/u]. No matter what one says, you cannot defame someone who has passed on. I am quite certain that if an actual defamatory statement was [i]ever [/i]posted in a review (defaming a [i]living [/i]person, other than saying something like, "this person can't write,"), Amazon would take it down in a heartbeat, as once the reviews are posted, they're Amazon's property, and thus, their problem, should they be [i]actually [/i]defamatory.
If you want to remove your book to erase the bad review, that's one thing--but presuming that you're talking about your Darwin book--which you may or mayn't be, but I see it's no longer for sale--I think you have to expect that reviews on the topic will be, at least, heated. Every author on the planet gets bad reviews--even the best-selling. Who has more lousy and dreadful reviews than Stephanie Meyers, who wrote that drivel, Twilight? Hardly anyone, but she is laughing all the way to the bank.
Any potential reader with a brain can assess malicious reviews--assuming that's what it was--for themselves. [u]You can't control what people think[/u]. And the only way you can control people reviewing your book is to NOT publish it at all.
If your book is good, it will get plenty of good reviews to offset the negative. Moreover, negative publicity can positively impact your book's notoriety, as well. No matter what someone says, in a negative fashion, you can find a way to spin that for grist--for example, if a religious person "defamed" Darwin, spin it to the other side. If the contrary, spin it to the religious side. Controversy can be really quite wonderful publicity. Remember: [u]it's simply a PRODUCT that you are selling--nothing more, nothing less[/u]. Positive and negative customer feedback are the norm in this world, not the exception, for any product sold by ANY company or individual.
Just my $.02, FWIW.
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