Similar Items with Better Ratings – Updated!

Amazon is debuting a feature where when you look at a book, up at the top they show you books they feel are similar and that have better ratings.

Much I as I think Amazon is usually pretty smart about things, I’m not so sure about this one. I think it’s an attempt at curation — As in, “are you sure you want to buy a book with a 3-star rating when there are similar ones with 4.5 stars?” I guess we’ll see.

In the meantime, I thought I’d give everyone some advance help with my book My Darkest Passion. A paranormal romance of mine. It has 24 reviews with an average 4-star rating.

What Similar Items with Better Ratings might there be?

One Hundred Statements about The Darkest Passion that Almost Killed my Hamster

Sadly, one of my top candidates is not available: I mean, who wouldn’t want to read about that? (search term: “My Darkest Passion”)

Moleskin Passion’s Coffee Journal

No ratings at all, so even though that sounds totally awesome, that won’t qualify. My Darkest Passion is better than a moleskin. Please debate this in the comments. (search term: “Coffee Passion”)

Raw Chocolate powder

I am totally outranked by this. 355 reviews and 4.5 stars. I just bought this product so I guess this “Similar products” thing works! Note: My Darkest Passion in Kindle books is considerably less expensive. (search term: “Darkest Chocolate”)

How Pyschic Are you?

The characters in my book have psychic powers so if you’d rather have the power than read about others with such powers this may be the book for you. 4 star rating, but 34 reviews. (search term: “How to Be a Pyschic”)

Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition

4 star rating but 637 reviews. Note: Also considerably more expensive than the Kindle version of my book, but not too much more expensive than the print version. (search term: “How to deal with demons”)

I hope this is of some assistance. Other ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Here’s a link to the promised update.


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6 Responses to “Similar Items with Better Ratings – Updated!”

  1. Carolyn, I was about to buy My Darkest Passion, but I’m afraid I will have to be buying something else. Thanks for this. I have been stupidly shopping by books I want at Amazon instead of just by star rating!

    • If you don’t mind waiting, once my chocolate powder arrives, I can let you know if that is, indeed, better than My Darkest Passion.

      Otherwise, may I suggest, “Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition”?

  2. Amy says:

    I thought I wanted to buy a paranormal romance, but amazon convinced me that what I really wanted was a RPG and a notebook to chronicle my virtual adventures. After my personal epic is recorded, I still won’t be buying a PNR– amazon has uncovered my greater need. I must read a book of compiled book reviews of a book I have no interest in. I would be lost you, amazon. You and your uncanny ability to see into the deepest part of my psyche and strip of of my surface delusions about what I want.

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  4. Rosie says:

    I already had the book …. So I bought the cacao powder.