Once upon a time, we could trust the reviews on IMDB and Goodreads. Not anymore. Both are now owned by Amazon.com and reviews are faked just as they are on Amazon.com
Part of the controversy around Amazon.com’s procurement of IMDB and Goodreads is that they now claim all of the voluntarily contributed content as their own. That is, they are plagiarizing members’ content and claiming copyright over it as Amazon.com (copyright violation).
IMDB Copyright Issues (article link)
Internet Movie Database – Copy (article download)
The other part of the controversy is that Amazon now controls the reviewing mechanisms for all of their products, leading to even more widespread fake reviews. Amazon has several known reviewers who, for a price, will leave anywhere from 20 to 500 reviews for one book under fake names. They will also leave negative reviews for the author’s competitors.
Goodreads reviewers are cyberbullies and trolls
In a scathing Huffington Post article, authors and reviewers came forward and revealed the level of hatred behind the Goodreads (Amazon) Cyberbullies:
“It isn’t so much the individual bully reviews, which are bad enough. It’s that they form gangs and roam through GR like rabid animals, mocking, harassing, terrorizing, and humiliating authors. They do it for amusement. They’re like Hell’s Angels without the Toys for Tots Christmas drive… For FUN, they psychologically torture and harass people.”
Let’s Stop the GR Bullies (Huffington Post article link)
Why It’s Time To Stop The Goodreads Bullies _ Stop The GR Bullies – Copy (Huffington Post download)
Goodreads Controversy (article link)
Goodreads Controversy (article download)
Goodreads Reviews, Are They Fair? (CS Monitor article link)
Goodreads reviews_ Are they fair_ – CSMonitor – Copy (CS Monitor article download)