Hey everyone, I wrote this post外围体育投注 about five years ago exposing a scam author on amazon. Since then have been written exposing the scams. Despite these efforts, the problem seems to have become worse. I want to help solve this problem. I've been able to pursue a career as an author because of the tools amazon gives to independent authors. Without amazon this would not have been possible for me, and I am very grateful. I'm writing this because I want to protect the reputation of independent authors, and I want to protect customers from wasting their money.
外围体育投注Please keep in mind everything you read in this post is my opinion, and I'm doing this to share evidence of what swayed my opinion, but I could be wrong, so please do your own research and decide for yourself.
外围体育投注My expertise is language instruction. In the last two years, a group known as Lingo Mastery has completely taken over nearly every language category on amazon. Due to the sheer number of books Lingo Mastery has published, I'm guessing they're making upwards of $1,000,000 a year.
外围体育投注I wouldn't call Lingo Mastery's books "scams", in fact, they are much better at appearing to be useful than the complete trash published five years ago, they seem to have learned from the mistakes of previous attempts. However, in my opinion as a language expert, I highly doubt they are written by experts or language teachers, and more likely .
Sub-par books are not the problem. The problem is the review manipulation.外围体育投注 As an author, I can tell you that getting reviews is extremely difficult, it takes a long time, even when you offer the book for free and ask for reviews, the numbers Lingo Mastery receives are highly improbable though non-nefarious means. For example, by a famous publisher has gotten 183 ratings over 8 years. has gotten 113 in less than a year.
Still not convinced? Check out this guy , he's reviewed every single one of Lingo Mastery's titles, . Apparently, he is studying 15 languages all at once, and also his native language of English! Actually, all of the reviews for Lingo Mastery's ESL books seem to be native English speakers - weird that they would buy an ESL book, don't you think? Feel free to click on any of the reviewers for Lingo Mastery's titles and you can find similar profiles, people who write 20+ reviews a day.
Part of the problem is that amazon gives reviewers badges like "Top Contributor" or "Hall of Fame Reviewer" when it is likely that these Hall of Fame people are astroturfers! I think it should be obvious that normal people don't buy and write 20 reviews a day. Why would a company honor the people that are destroying the integrity of the business? Many people advise to use Fakespot, in my experience, it doesn't work at all. I'm not really sure what algorithm Fakespot uses to determine the grades, but I've used it on products with reviews I know to be fake, which it gave an A, and products I know to have real reviews, which it gave an F, so in my opinion it in unreliable.
Lingo Mastery has a reddit account, GGisland. They make regular posts, giving away their books for free and asking for reviews. In my opinion this is a cover. When accused of review manipulation, Lingo Mastery can just point to the reddit posts as the source of the reviews. But again, I have done the exact same thing, even when giving books away for free, for years, with thousands and thousands of downloads, it is unlikely to net the amount of reviews that Lingo Mastery receives.
外围体育投注More evidence Lingo Mastery is not a legitimate group: GGisland claims Lingo Mastery is a group of . GGisland also says it was . Why would it be difficult? If you have experts working for you, it should be easy! You see, we actual experts, we went to school for years, and have years of experience that allow us to know what is effective and what is not, which makes it easy for us to create resources for our students. Why would we ask random people on reddit for feedback? Imagine if it was a group of architects, would they need to post their blueprints on reddit for feedback? No, of course not!
What's worse, even if Lingo Mastery's books get taken down, there are plenty more author names waiting in the wings. I have a feeling the same group of people behind Lingo Mastery are publishing under many different names, so that if one gets exposed, they can just move on to the next one. Take a look at this , it has almost as the Lingo Mastery French book, don't you think? In fact, all of the books by Lingo Mastery and Touri Language learning seem to have similar covers.