Many authors have trouble keeping track of their book reviews, as companies like Amazon and Apple simply don’t present them all. Kindle only shows U.S. reviews, and iBooks only shows reviews from the author’s home country.
But a new service called Ratings Catcher is trying to solve that problem for authors.
Launched earlier this month, Ratings Catcher gathers reviews from Amazon’s .com, .ca and .co.uk domains, with more countries to come, as well as reviews from all 50+ iBooks countries.
The service also offers review alert options through email, RSS, Slack and other services, and has an embeddable review feature for authors’ blogs and websites.
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HBG Reports Earnings Jump Despite Sales Drop (PW)
Sales for the first six months of 2016 fell 6.6 percent at Hachette Book Group, compared to the first six months of 2015, parent company Lagardere reported.
2% Revenue Rise for Elsevier in First Half (Bookseller)
Elsevier’s business trends “remain positive,” with underlying revenue growth of 2 percent for the first half of 2016, parent company RELX Group has reported.