The Independent Aggregated Book Reviews website started as a place to gather reviews of independent and self-published books together in one search engine. There were so many, and it became so difficult to search, that it evolved into a review aggregator. From this came the idea to try and make some sense of all the reviews, not just from large sites, such as Amazon or Goodreads, but also from the hundreds of independent blog review sites that exist. We wanted to try and provide a single place where we can gather together as many reviews and ratings for individual books and from as wide a range of sources as we possibly could. Rather than producing its own reviews, it would take the wide range of reviews and ratings list them against each book, and then be aggregated to give an overall rating out of ten.
For authors, this gives a wonderful opportunity to have a central place to see their reviews and ratings across multiple sites in one location. This comes with the option of adding and combining all the reviews for their works. Authors can suggest a review or reviewer they would like to add. We also offer reviewers the option to link their reviews here automatically as they put them up. Aggregating them with other reviews for books on our site will help to show the wider rating of books. To help promote review sites, we will not copy review content, apart from a brief excerpt, and give a link back to the site to help promote them, where readers can find the original and hopefully many other reviews to read and books to enjoy.
The site's main features are the books submitted, each with an aggregated rating and showing the different editions of the book. If a book is one of a series, we can show them in order with their individual ratings to show readers how they progressed. It will also give a list of the editions that each book may have, from eBook to Paperback to Audio, and show how the ratings and reviews might differ between them. We also have listings for Authors, so that when browsing the site, readers can see the works they have created. From their works, we will also create an aggregated rating for each author, based on their books.
Overall, we are looking to provide somewhere, we as readers can see how well-rated a book is, across the spectrum of reviews and help to promote both independent books and reviewers.
FROM C. LEE--SOME MORE INFORMATION COMING: They used two of my books as examples because I was "playing" with the program and they had my information. I was curious that I only showed a few reviews, but when I asked, they explained they are only pulling reviews from Amazon UK right now. They plan to connect with Amazon US soon. This is a new resource, so I expect to see some other changes and have asked them to let us know here at IWSG.