Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Not without its perils ...

... HYPE | MY LIFE AND THOUGHTS. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I found myself wondering why the Amazon reader reviews were, on average, less positive than the reviews in the press. My guess is that satisfied readers of a well-reviewed book are less likely than unsatisfied readers to post on Amazon. One group thinks to itself, “Why should I write a good review when the Times already did,” while the other thinks, “Aha, a venue to express my outrage at the Times for hyping this book.”

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