Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

I’m torn. If someone is a reviewer, it seems wrong to hinder their ability to do their work, and you can’t be expected not to “know” authors. Also, does it stand to reason that paid reviews are better? Those reviewers don’t know the author, but they are being paid for glowing reviews, a practice I hate. I will give free books for review, but I won’t pay for one. I don’t know. There has to be a better way than this, and some of the books I see with five stars 100 times over… do not get me started.

imy santiago

A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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