[quote name='johnbeardy' date='Dec 13 2009, 09:59 AM' post='332351']
Amazon are under no obligation whatsoever to provide balance in reviews - just honesty. They do delete malicious reviews, which this doesn't seem to be, but they shouldn't screw around and create "balance" to suit publishers, or authors. To paraphrase Roy Keane, their attitude has to be - it's a bad review, get over it.
My guess here is that often the UK and US publishers are different, so Amazon UK wouldn't pool its reviews with the greater numbers logged by Amazon US. The book is usually the same under the cover, so it's never a bad idea to read the US reviews too.
Further to above I done a search for "Perception and Imaging" by Richard D. Zakia, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. I discovered this review on Amazon.http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/02...howViewpoints=1
Read the panel on the right hand side as an illustration to what I was alluding to.