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Posted on December 2, 2015 at 7:34pm Post #1
Yeah I know a quite complicated topic but the subject is simpler than that :) . What is the meaning of the star rating system? This is quite misleading because we don’t exactly know what stands behind 5 star decision or 3 star decision. So my proposal is that you should make chart legend what every star means. And please do not make this in the “objective” kind of way. For example “5:brilliant book”, “4: very good book etc.” because of the possible contradictions. For example there may be a book that I think is brilliantly written and have great characters but at the same time I give it a one star rating because I didn’t like it (see James Joyce Ulisses :) ). A subjective manner creates more freedom. I just decide if I like or do not like a book (similar situation we have on Goodreads, their scale is only subjective: I like it, I think, it was ok for me ) and I do not make decisions on the objective worth of it. If authors and readers have some proposals it will be great if you can write them here.

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 11:27pm Post #849
What is the purpose of a review? To inform potential readers of the quality of the book or to inform potential readers whether or not it suits one person's taste? Reviews written to say "this is not the kind of book I can enjoy" do little to help future readers make selections. But reviews written to highlight qualities and faults with the writing or plot are informative for others. Reviews should probably be a mix of the two, but lean more heavily toward revealing quality. This is just my two cents. ;-)

Posted on December 6, 2015 at 11:56am Post #850
I think it will be more convenient for the readers and authors if Openbooks comes up with some idea for rates. Maybe there is no description because they do not want to suggest anything to the reader but to me it may turn out to be misleading for the writer. I realized that I treat Openbooks rates as objective so: even though I do not like the book subjectively (just because it appeared to be not my topic) still I may think that the book is well written and worth reading (someone might like it) and I give it higher rates than on Goodreads, sometimes it goes the other way round :). However some people may treat the Openbooks rates as more subjective and just give the lowest rates because they disliked it (but still objectively the book is readable). If someone adds the descriptive comment that's fine 'cause the writer knows what exacly this person did not like but in case of no reviews or short ones it's not informative to the writer and also to other readers. In such case a legend to the rates would be useful.

I really like Goodreads rates (dislike, ok, like, very like, amazing) :) but I would prefer something inbetween objective and subjective, like:
5 perfect
4 good - like it
3 fine but not my taste
2 more bad things than good
1 sorry did not like it at all

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Monika Pacyfka Tichy

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on December 13, 2015 at 11:37am Post #925
"All men have the stars," he answered, "but they have different meaning for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems . For my businessman they were wealth. But all these stars are silent. You-- you alone-- will have the stars as no one else has them--"
"What are you trying to say?"
"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... you-- only you-- will have stars that can laugh!"
(Little Prince)

I'm sorry, I couldn't stop myself... :>

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 4:52am Post #928
Stars are OK to create a ranking system for the stories, but I agree that they can be a little subjective. I think it would be fun to get more review questions for readers like this
- Summarize the book in one word.
- What type of person would enjoy this book?
- Would you recommend this book to your friend?

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Tomasz Staniak

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on December 29, 2015 at 3:01pm Post #930
I like that idea.

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Ula Zarosa

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on December 30, 2015 at 10:16pm Post #932
Tomek, we could actually use the idea from Maptia i.e. where there are cool options to choose from telling if the story was breathtaking, informative (it would just require some talented writers to come up with the phrases :)). And I really like the idea of asking about recommendation - because we actually only recommend very good books to friends (well I do :)).
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