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January 28, 2008

No. 1 Reviewer on Amazon Has Posted More Than 15,000 Reviews — How Is This Possible? Quote of the Day (Harriet Klausner)

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[Update, Jan. 4, 2010: Harriet Klausner’s Amazon profile now says he has posted 20,970 reviews.]

And you thought Joyce Carol Oates was “prolific”

Harriet Klausner, the most prolific reviewer on Amazon.com, has posted 15,584 reviews, according to her profile on the online bookseller’s site. How does she do it? Klausner says:

“I am a speed reader (a gift I was born with) and read two books a day.”

Harriet Klausner in her Amazon.com profile www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFVQZQ8PW0L/ref=cm_aya_bb_pdp. A Wall Street Journal profile of Klausner reported in March 2005 that she had posted 8,649 reviews and read four or five books a day, not two www.opinionjournal.com/la/?id=110006483. And a 2006 Time article said she read “four to six” books a day www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1570726,00.html. If those articles were accurate and she’s reading only two books a day now, she’s cut back. But how could she have cut back when she’s nearly doubled her number of reviews since 2005 (from 8,649 to 15,584 on January 20, 2008)? If she read two books a day, she would have added 2,190 reviews in three years, or increased her total from 8,649 to 10,839. But she’s added about 5,000 more than that. Unless I’m missing something, in order to have reached 15,584 she would have to be reading closer to three or four books a day than two.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments »

  1. There was quite a bit of discussion about this very issue on Barbara Vey’s Publishers Weekly blog just a few days ago:
    http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog/880000288/post/460020646.html

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — January 28, 2008 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  2. This is a good link. Thanks so much for adding it. A number of blogs contain speculation on Klausner’s output, but Publishers Weekly is an especially reputable source (and I didn’t know that its blog had taken her on). You always have such helpful and pertinent comments.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — January 28, 2008 @ 6:37 pm | Reply


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