Short version: We’ve added charts to the aptly named Charts page that include a list of the “best rated” podiobooks.
Longer version: Here was our dilemma — Book A has an overall rating of 4.9999 (out of five), where that average was figured from 100 ratings. Book B has an overall rating of 5.0, but that’s because only a single person rated the book. Those are extreme examples, but it’s tricky (neigh impossible) to come up with some fancy math that doesn’t skew the chart to one side or another.
So like any smart new company — we totally ignored the problem and went for simplicity. You can now see two new charts on our Charts page showcasing the top rated audiobooks on our site. The first orders them strictly by the overall rating, and the second orders them by the total number of ratings which contributed to the overall total. Confused? Look below. It’ll make all the sense in the world. And I blurred the results just to encourage you to visit the actual page itself. I’m sneaky like that.
To make even more sense, we decided to take a total transparency approach. Now in both charts, you see the overall raging and the number of times the book has been rated.
Of course, any ratings system is as good as the people who use it — and hopefully don’t abuse it. That last part may be wishful thinking, as there’s no way to completely stop gaming of the system. Right now, anyone subscribed to a book can rate it. But since we’ve made it pretty painless to subscribe to a book (all free of charge, in the event this is your first time here), it’s probably not that hard to game. So expect some additional “checks and balances” in the near future. We probably won’t make those filters transparent, as that sorta defeats the purpose of trying to catch the gamers. And it’s not a huge priority now. And with luck… we won’t need to make it one. So long as everyone plays nice and fair.
Questions or comments about the new system? Leave a comment for all to see. Wanna rat someone out for gaming the system. Might wanna report that through our feedback mechanism as to not ruffle feathers in the event that you are wrong.