|Title:||The effect of online word of mouth on fantasy readers' preference stability: The moderating role of involvement and knowledge||Authors:||MUH-CHYUN TANG||Issue Date:||1-Oct-2016||Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC||Journal Volume:||38||Journal Issue:||4||Start page/Pages:||292-300||Source:||Library and Information Science Research||Abstract:||
© 2016 Elsevier Inc. A study of the persuasive effect of positive versus negative online book reviews on readers' judgment suggests that readers with high involvement were less likely to be swayed by online reviews. An experiment was conducted to test the effects of two psychological constructs in the persuasion process, namely, user's knowledge of and involvement with a literary genre. A novel aspect of the study is that the participants were exposed to reviews contradictory to their initial impression. Contrary to negativity bias widely found in previous studies of electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM), a positivity effect of online reviews was found. High and low involvement readers were found to rely on different judgment cues. Furthermore, it is argued that when applied in cultural consumption, the measurement of these constructs demands special treatment because of its “infinite variety” and strong hedonistic character. Involvement at the genre level helped enhance preference stability. However, such effects were not found with users' subjective knowledge at the genre level. Instead, similarity became an important judgment heuristic when users encountered books by unknown authors.
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