Before we continue with carpet bomber #6, we want to show you a comment Anne R. Allen (the witness to the death threats laid against Lauren Pippa) left on her blog. Btw, if you haven’t read her post, The Laws of the Amazon Jungle — Eight Rules Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe, you should (see our sidebar). There’s some great advice there. Now, as we have said repeatedly on our blog (specifically in Goodreads Review Fraud), by letting their members leave bogus revews/ratings on their site, GR is committing a crime and authors who are affected by this have a right to take legal action against them, as well as report them to the authorities for fraud. In this comment, Anne talks about a comment left on her blog post by Attorney Janet Normalvanbruecher:
You see that?
“SELLERS HAVE AN AFFIRMATIVE DUTY TO ENSURE ANY CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL THEY USE TO SELL PRODUCTS IS TRUE.”
That’s right! Goodreads and Amazon DO NOT have the legal right to leave false reviews/ratings on their sites especially when this false data is passing through their APIs that have NO disclaimers on them. And remember that Amazon is using Goodreads ratings/reviews in their Kindle Paperwhite to sell books. What they’re doing is called deception and it’s a violation of the FTC’s rules and regulations.
This is exactly why we started our Carpet Bombers Series — so that you will have evidence to show the authorities, or a judge, that there is indeed fake ratings/reviews on Goodreads. With that said, we’ve chosen In2books as carpet bomber #6.
In2books has only 1 review and 568 ratings to date on her profile:
Hundreds of these ratings are carpet bombs on random books or on books by targeted authors that In2books made in reaction to the new GR policy change. Remember, on the GR announcement thread, it was In2books who said:
And if you take a look at her friend list, you will see some of the more prominent trolls:
Now, as for her “fat one-stars”, we’ve chosen a few of the dozens of screenshots we have from the carpet bombing spree she’s been on since the announcement in September:
So it appears that In2books isn’t exactly into books, is she? She should change her screen name to In2carpetbombing. It would be much more fitting.