Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I am a bit miffed or to be truthful down right p.o'd at Amazon.  I am sure if you are an author or reviewer out there you know about it.  They now will not let a book be given free for a review.  The community guidelines consider it a "incentivized review".  Now they state that is only a tiny part of their reviews then what is the problem?

I encourage reviewers and readers alike to contact them with your opinion of their new policy.  I did and this is what I wrote:

I am very disappointed in Amazon's new review policy.  I don't understand their basis for the new policy either.

As a reviewer of books with a review blog, I receive books from authors constantly requesting a review.  I give an honest review good or bad without being harsh in the case of a bad one.  I feel it is a discredit to honest reviewers and new authors not to be able to continue this system.

Why on earth and to what purpose does it serve to have this new policy especially in view of the fact that Amazon wants to sell books?  I would think the more reviews good or bad would be of benefit to the author, readers and to Amazon.  


robert eggleton said...

“Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.” https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=14279631

Diane Kasperski said...

Thanks for clarifying it and I also got a notice from one of the Review services that I review for and I am sighing in relief. lol