Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

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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:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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About J.D.Hughes

Fiction writer. Supernatural Horror Mystery AND SOON THE SONG. Supernatural Thriller, NORTHMAN, on Amazon and three short stories: BOMBER, ISSUE 49 and THE 500 on Amazon and Smashwords. New novel to be published mid 2016 (if the ghosts don't interfere!)
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3 Responses to Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

  1. vondanorwood says:

    I’ve had people tell me they couldn’t leave reviews for my stories, all of whom, I didn’t know on a personal level. They were confused and couldn’t explain why their reviews were denied. Interesting post! Thank you. 😀

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  2. J.D.Hughes says:

    It’s probably to keep the big traditional publishers happy. Indies must be hurting their sales. We should never forget that Amazon is a business and we merely fodder for that business, albeit willing fodder!

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  3. Ah, the joys of digital sharecropping in the datamining era!

    I have already made my retreat from writing reviews for Amazon, but not due to this practice. I wonder if the same strictures will be applied on Goodreads? It seems odd that Amazon would want to stifle any reviews, no matter who they are from, since reviews sell books. Maybe this is a concession to tradpub, as you suggest?

    As ever,

    -aniko

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