Welcome to another week of Tuesday Thingers! We always love to hear from regular participants as well as new people.
This week, our question surrounds the importance you place on starred (or other similar rating systems) reviews.
I've noticed that within the blogosphere, there are some people who give ratings (stars, A-F, etc) to the books they read, and sites like Amazon and Library Thing have a place for reviewers to rate a book.
To the left I've got an example taken from Library Thing for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander (haven't read this one yet, but it was showing up as a recommended read on my home page). I thought I would check out the rating, and was absolutely floored when I saw that it has received 898 five-star ratings! Overall, the book has an average rating of 4.41.
Today's question: Do you use a rating system on your blog? How do you feel about using the rating system provided on sites like Library Thing and Amazon? When looking up information on a book you are interested in, do you use the ratings provided by these sites (or similar sites) to help you make the decision on purchasing the book?
My Answer: I always planned on having a rating system on my blog, and actually had a post written for it that I later deleted. I was going to base my rating system on what happened to the book when I was finished reading it (permanent addition to my already packed shelves, share with good friends, donate to charity, recycle!). I then decided that I was giving some decent information (hopefully!) in my reviews, and decided to use the "In A Nutshell" as a quick overview of the book instead of assigning a number of stars. Hmmm - I'm always tempted to add in a rating system, but at this point, it is just one more thing to add to my to-do list, which I am sadly behind on!
As far as how I feel about using the rating system on Amazon and Library Thing, I don't mind using it. I have left the stars blank on a few reviews at Barnes & Noble simply because they have too many categories. I think I'm a decent rater. It is not hard to get a 4 or 5-star rating from me, I just need to really enjoy the book! It is also not that hard to get a 1 or 2-star rating, I just haven't had as many of those to-date.
When making purchases (not just for books) I find that I am a rating junkie! I absolutely read what others think about the book or item, although I don't make that my only deciding factor, after all, for each book, there are going to be people who love it and hate it. . . so I will look at how many people have rated it and how the ratings compare overall. I will also read reviews to see what people are saying, then I will make my decision.
Overall, my biggest concern regarding ratings is the honesty factor. I try to be very honest in my ratings and reviews, and I feel that most people feel that way as well.
Looking forward to reading everyone's answers!!
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