Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

All Authors in my blog TSRA Authors Hall of Fame – if my reviews of your books disappear, it will be because Amazon have discovered my blog and your appearance on it – the implication being that I know all 500+ of you personally – SIGH – I Wish I DID…

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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6 thoughts on “Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

  1. This is reprehensible! Amazon knows they have us by the short hairs, but if anyone has a plausible way of skirting them, I’m in. Switching en masse to B&N and/or forming an Indies group, as Jo suggested, are 2 possible alternatives. Squaring off against a behemoth like Amazon would take an enormous amount of time & energy. But perhaps a good starting place would be a petition signed by myriad indie authors insisting that Amazon be more forthcoming.

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  2. This sucks. Maybe we should form a group for Indies, where we conspicuously not make friends while pointedly not communicating in any way to avoid “knowing” each other, and then just review all the books in the room. Such a small world too – are we then not allowed to make “friends” with an author if we “meet” them after we’ve reviewed their work?

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  3. It would seem that the internationally held belief that there is Freedom of Speech does not apply to Amazon. Having read the articles today on Kindle packages I am glad that my books remain available across several platforms including my own sales pages. I cancelled my contract 13 years ago with my first self-publishing company in Canada for this sort of tactic and went out on my own.. Amazon does need to be careful. Kindle might be one of the biggest games in town but this behaviour will only speed up alternatives.

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