I’m sure by now that you’ve heard about the uproar over author’s purchasing reviews or using fake names to promote their books. First and foremost, I want to clearly state that I think it is ethically wrong. I would never do it and I think poorly of other authors whom have done it. However, most readers are at fault too.
Here’s why. Almost all books are available online either Nook, Kindle, iPad, or another type of e-reader and with all of these choices, the reader can preview the book by downloading a sample. Usually a reader can tell before the first thirty pages that the book is poorly written and therefore choose to save their money and not buy the book. I do not have sympathy for people who purchase it solely due to online recommendations. It goes back to the old adage if your friend jumped off a cliff would you? I know it sounds extreme, but seriously people, use your brain and think for yourself.
Now for the people who don’t use e-readers, I agree, you’ve been bamboozled. I know what it’s like to run to the bookstore and only have a few minutes to make a quick decision, or to have little hands removing books from the shelves while you try to choose one. Therefore, I absolve you of the shame and lay it upon the shoulders of the authors that tricked readers into buying their books. Shame on them for using fake names to promote their books or bash other authors and shame on them for purchasing reviews from people who guaranteed a positive outcome. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Do you think I’m being too harsh on e-readers?