The Amazon Review Policy Elephant in the Room

An excellent summary and some cogent advice here. I’m considering adopting this policy for the future.

Jo Robinson

The whole Amazon review policy debacle that started a while ago is not going to go away, so we should probably make firm decisions as to the way forward as far as how we are each personally going to review books in the future. There’s a great post covering the whole subject very thoroughly on Anne R. Allen’s site right now – definitely a must read for anyone not a hundred percent sure about what is going on with this issue. I’ve posted on this briefly over at Lit World Interviews a while ago but it’s worth revisiting on a personal level. Anyone with published books on Amazon needs to take this seriously.
Firstly, we must accept that Amazon can, and does, remove books for sale on their site if they feel that the author has violated their terms of service. Many of us have over the years reviewed books…

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4 thoughts on “The Amazon Review Policy Elephant in the Room

  1. Gotcha! I already publish some reviews on the blog. But the idea of sticking a few in the fornt of the book seems sensible. Thanks, Jack!


  2. Like most things Stuart, there is always a way to get around it. I know of one which I’ll be using from now on. Once your book is out there, first of all check its reviews, if any. Then insert a plank page to your book’s .doc file after the internal title page, and insert the ones you want as and when they appear on Amazon or anywhere else for that matter. Problem solved 😉

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    1. ‘Plank page’, Jack? Should this be ‘blank page’?
      Not sure how this would work. If you want the reviews to show up, wouldn’t you have to resubmit the book every time you added a review? Or, perhaps I’m getting the wrong end of the stick?

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      1. Sorry about the typo clever clogs. LOL 😀

        All you need are two or three positive reviews which the prospective reader will see when they peruse the first few pages of the ebook version when using Amazon’s ‘See Inside’ feature, Or when they pick up the paperback version. Or you could publish them on your blog. I’ll be doing all three from now on…

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