Perhaps, Amazon can be persuaded to do something positive for authors who provide it with a living?
The company currently has a policy preventing honest reviews from writers giving opinions on the books of other writers they may know. The whole policy is a sledgehammer to crack a walnut. It’s intended to prevent dishonest reviews of books by sockpuppets and others who develop aliases so they can produce positive reviews for their own books, or bad reviews for the books of other authors, using another name. Of course, we all want to stop such dishonest activity. But the process also stops honest reviews by honest reviewers.
A possible solution?
Amazon has the capability to develop a system to allow authors to give potential reviewers free copies of their books. The gift could easily be tagged and any subsequent review could then be listed under a heading to declare that it has been provided following the supply of a free book. That way, the reading public would always know that the book was a gift, that the review was by the person to whom the book was gifted, and that no money changed hands for the review. It shouldn’t be beyond the capacity of a giant like Amazon to institute such a scheme and it would go a long way toward solving this problem for authors and readers.
Worth a try? What do you think? Any holes in this proposal?