Flash! Amazon says Kindle has more 5 star reviews than any other product on Amazon

Flash! Amazon says Kindle has more 5 star reviews than any other product on Amazon

Amazon just added that statement on the front page of their site.

Well, yes…since they’ve been claiming the Kindle as the best-selling product on the site for months, it’s logical that it would have more of pretty much any ranking.  :)  While the reviews for the Kindle have been overwhelmingly positive when I’ve analyzed them in the past, my guess is it may have more one-star reviews than most other products as well…but that wouldn’t look very good on the front page.  :)

Here are the current percentages:

5 8932 64%
4 2573 18%
3 793 6%
2 454 3%
1 1227 9%
  13979  

For comparison, I took the bestselling book* (not Kindle) book on Amazon that has actually been released (the actual bestsellers are pre-orders).

5 491 48%
4 266 26%
3 107 10%
2 75 7%
1 93 9%
  1032  

Absolutely, 5-star reviews are a higher percentage on the Kindle…people love their Kindles.  However, if someone wanted to make  a negative “campaign ad”, you could say, “Thirteen times more people gave a Kindle a 1-star review”.  ;)

I also looked at the highest average rated book (the hardcover edition from Perfection Learning of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)  in the Amazon store:

5 4412 85%
4 491 9%
3 150 3%
2 60 1%
1 76 1%
  5189  

As you can see, the average rating there is much higher than for the Kindle…so it’s because they are counting the number of the 5-star reviews, not the percentage.

I’m sure the ratings for the Kindle are relatively high, and it takes commitment to actually write a review, but this claim is based on volume.

*I’m not naming the book because it comes from a publisher who block text-to-speech access in its e-books

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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