HOW-TO compose on-line reviews
What should five stars mean?
Here is what each star should stand for...
User reviews of both printed books and ebooks posted on-line at the Amazon.com store, for instance, can be important to a book's success. They need not be exhaustive, simply clear and fair-minded. Accessibility is the key, meaning short and to the point. A simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down is preferable to an insightful yet tedious review. Of course, you can always embellish with a quote, or a little something about about a character, or a remark about the setting, but here is what must be considered:
- Do I like the book itself, the feel of it, its layout and its appearance? Yes: one star *
- Do I care about the characters and want to know what happens to them? Yes: add a second star **
- Did I find the book a good read and well written throughout? Yes: add a third star ***
- Am I still intrigued by the story line and satisfied with its denouement? Yes: add a fourth star ****
- Have I found myself thinking about the book as a fine gift? Yes, add a fifth star *****
AWARENESS THROUGH SHARED INSIGHT