Superwench wrote a thoughtful post on her blog on what book reviews mean to the reader. She’s been following my blog since the beginning, so I found her point of view interesting. She goes into why negative reviews often inspire others to go out and read the book. I’ve seen this in my own reviews, when someone will leave a comment on one of my ho-hum or rare negative reviews, stating that they want to go out and try it for themselves.
I certainly have been motivated to buy after reading negative reviews as well.