I’ve had several people ask me questions via email or the blog interface this week, and I haven’t had an opportunity to reply yet: it’s been a pretty busy week this week at the Gallagher household. If you would like to send me a note, suggestion, or heads-up about a free book (and it doesn’t have to be a free book from the Amazon website), you can always email me at email@example.com
Seeing as how I have been a slacker in replying, I thought I would start to do it here in the public forum – also, remember I am trying to be more personable. Besides, my hypothesis is if someone has the question many more of you do, too.
Here’s the first one from Rhonda:
Do you know how to change the order of Reader Reviews from oldest first to newest first? When trying to decide whether to purchase a book, I would prefer to read the newest comment first, but don’t want to have to push the Next Page button multiple times to get there. I have never been able to find answer to this question in User Manual or blogs. Thanks!
I think the reader / customer reviews are one of the great things not only of Amazon but other websites like that big online auction company in California; that’s why I put how many “stars” a book has received when I tell you about a free book – sounds like a future blog post to me. Here is how you change the reader / customer reviews to view the newest review first, and I will be self-serving and use my book as an example. It will probably be easier to do this on your computer, and this is how the instructions below explain how to do it (doing it on your Kindle is different):
- Go to the book Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them (you can click here, too). Heck, go to any book or product offered for sale in the Amazon store.
- At the time I am typing this, you will see this book has a 4 out of 5 star rating based on 8 customer reviews, and ‘8 customer reviews’ is underlined with a hyperlink. Click the ‘8 customer reviews’ hyperlink.
- At the top you will see the total votes received for each rating. On the left, you will see the most helpful favorable review and on the right you will see the most helpful critical review. People vote on the helpfulness of the reviews to achieve yet another ranking, that of the “most helpful” reviews: the more votes you get, the higher the ranking.
- If you scroll down a little bit, you will start to see the text / written words of the reviews. They are listed on this screen with the most helpful first. In this example, 61 of 62 voters – not readers – found Bubbles’ review of this book helpful.
- If you look just above this review, on my monitor there is a light blue bar above it – and on the right side, there is a hyperlink to sort the reviews by either the most helpful first or the newest first. Click on the ‘Newest First’ option.
- It should have re-sorted the reviews to the most recent one. In this case, it was from January 30th.
Hope that helps!
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