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Amazon book reviews often tell me a lot

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 30 November 2018



Amazon book reviews often tell me a lot
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 221
Posted DateMonday 26 November 2018 17:50 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

When looking at Amazon book revews, I find it just as useful to read the one-star ratings as to look at the five-star ones. There is nearly always a perspective I have missed.

The rating distribution is also of interest.

A book with nothing but five-stars is probably good even if the author did get all his or her friends to rate it.

A book with mainly 1-star ratings is probably bad.

But a book with a polarized distribution of stars - lots of five-stars and one-stars - is probably the most interesting, people love it or hate it.

Why? Sometimes it is obvious if the topic is on politics or religion but often it is not - the author has something controversial to say. This many well be a really good read!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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