Why give a book five stars?

I usually read with my Kindle although occasionally I still read paper books.

Sometimes I use the Kindle app on my iPad. I  often post comments about books I’ve read on the Amazon book page and on Goodreads but only for books that I think deserve four or five stars.

I expect that any ebook I’m going to read will be correctly formatted and if it isn’t I don’t download it. I expect that the ebook will have been rigorously proof read and if it hasn’t then I don’t download it either.

It’s easy to tell if the ebook is of a good technical standard if you read a few pages of the free sample.

I always read the free sample of an ebook before downloading so now rarely start reading an ebook I don’t enjoy. And if I’m not enjoying reading it, I stop. Life’s too short to spend time reading books that are not compelling – apart from War and Peace which I’ve been trying to read for years and am determined to finish one day.

And that’s my main reason for five stars: compelling.














and credible.

In other words:

I had difficulty putting the book down to go and do other things;

I kept thinking about the book while I was away from it;

I continued to think about the book once I’d finished reading it.

A four star book will have the same technical high standard and also be a good read but it won’t have that wow! factor which keeps the book buzzing in the reader’s mind when the Kindle is switched off.

I’ve read lots of excellent novels, short stories and novellas by self-published writers.

Certainly in the first months of owning a Kindle (back in early 2012) I downloaded some books that weren’t presented well enough and several that didn’t appeal to my reading tastes particularly when I was carried away by the large numbers of books being offered for free. However, I’ve rarely paid for an ebook that I haven’t gone on to finish and enjoy reading. And the technical standard of self-published ebooks now is as good as traditionally published books. In fact, some trad published back catalogue books are very poor in terms of formatting and don’t justify their often over-inflated prices.

It’s worth remembering that ebooks are subject to VAT at 20% in the UK compared with print books which are zero rated.

0% VAT for print books is right but it should be the same for ebooks. When you’re buying an ebook it’s worth knocking off the VAT and you’ll probably find what good value for money some of them are.

All my Amazon reviews are on my profile page and here are direct links to my 10 most recent five star books.

Whisperings and Wonderings: The Grumblings of a Gargoyle
by Lynn Gerrard
Link: http://amzn.eu/fppHGR0

A Surprise for Maureen
by Jonathan Hill
Link: http://amzn.eu/4Zzl1DO

Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories
by Terry Tyler
Link: http://amzn.eu/8CFlAy0

Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, Ninth Revised Edition
by Stephen E. Ambrose et al.
Link: http://amzn.eu/aFBXKDb

The Vanishing Game
by William Boyd
Link: http://amzn.eu/9rujJiC

The Malice of Angels: Esme Quentin Mystery
by Wendy Percival
Link: http://amzn.eu/4mUow7E

The Labyrinthine Journey (Servant of the Gods Book 2)
by Luciana Cavallaro
Link: http://amzn.eu/cuASeii

Parallel Lies
by Georgia Rose
Link: http://amzn.eu/6WexvGc

Girl in the Castle: a girl, a castle, a ghost – fall in love with a highlander
by Lizzie Lamb
Link: http://amzn.eu/9SB1HBq

Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thriller
by Linda Huber
Link: http://amzn.eu/11kg97z

Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like my Book of the Day at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/ with details of a free Kindle download.





4 thoughts on “Why give a book five stars?

  1. Good afternoon, Cathy, and thank you for including me in your ten most recent five star away honours board. I’m rubbing shoulders with some fabulous writers. As a writer, I always appreciate it when a reader (or fellow author) takes the time to download, read and review my novel. I know how hard it is to find time to do this. It then becomes frustrating if Amazon doesn’t allow the review after one has written it. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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