Amazon Book Review Policies Updated With $50 Minimum…

by Derek Haines  on Just Publishing Advice site:

Amazon combats fake book reviews with $50 minimum spend

Book reviews on Amazon over the years have attracted more scams than can possibly be imagined. Most revolve around click farms and amassing lots of Amazon accounts.

By creating hundreds, if not thousands of Amazon accounts, scammers could boost free Kindle ebook downloads, add customer reviews, or manipulate book sales ranking.

There have been many, many articles written about problems associated with Amazon customer reviews in relation to ebook reviews in particular. There has also been manipulation of Kindle ebooks, as Let’s Get Digital explains how Scammers Broke the Kindle Store.

At the same time, Amazon has tried to resolve these problems in a number of ways.

Some seemed draconian at the time; especially a few years ago when Amazon started deleting existing book reviews. It was never fully explained, however, the deleted reviews were often classed as being posted by someone with a close connection to the author.

While Amazon was less than clear about what a close connection or relationship meant, many authors believed that it was not only reviews posted by family and friends, or in some case business associates, but also social media connections.

In any event, what was correctly assumed or not, Amazon deleted a lot of reviews at the time and while eradicating many fake reviews, some honest reviews were deleted as well.

It is unfortunate that when Amazon has acted on scams and fake reviews in the past, a lot of innocent authors have been caught up in the fix.

But at last, a sensible Amazon solution to fake book reviews.

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7 thoughts on “Amazon Book Review Policies Updated With $50 Minimum…

  1. I have no doubt the scammers will find ways of getting around Amazon’s new threshold – it’ll no doubt reduce them for a while, but scammers seem unerringly able to work their way around any obstacle and I expect some other loophole will soon become evident to them by which they can manipulate the system. As always, they make life ever more difficult for honest people. Sigh…

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  2. Interesting knowledge, Chris.
    Now I wonder, how they react worldwide. I have a shop at and I do often shop at and and So I place my money in different countries at Amazon. How will they calculate this?

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