and other MSM, but of the 79 reviews posted on Amazon by Wednesday afternoon, 43 were single stars.folks who own Kindles and other e-readers are using Amazon's reader review function to slam books that are not released promptly in a digital format. One victim: Michael Lewis' "The Big Short." His examination of the 2008 financial meltdown has been well-received in and other MSM, but of the 79 reviews posted on Amazon by Wednesday afternoon, 43 were single stars.
Some of the reviews are substantive, charging that Lewis previously championed the risky financial instruments that he now criticizes. But most simply slammed the publisher's decision to hold back on the e-book. Rodney Rowland said, "Why is the publisher being so greedy as to not release a version for the Kindle? This book gets 1 star from me because I can't even read it." A. Valentine added, "I would love to read "The Big Short" on my Kindle for $9.99. As a recent Kindle owner, I'm never buying a non e-book again. I enjoy reading Lewis's work, but his publisher needs to get with the program."
The grass roots protest mirrors the criticism leveled on Read Street recently by guest poster Gail Farrelly. She warned that some publishers are so worried about preserving short-term profits that they've crafted e-book policies -- such as delayed releases and high prices -- that will alienate readers. Looks like it's time for publishers to re-evaluate, before the peasants storm the castle.
By the way, we'll be giving away a copy of "The Big Short" on Friday, so come back to Read Street if you're interested.