The Vanishing Review!

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Greetings, SE’ers! Beem Weeks here with you again. Today, I’m discussing vanishing reviews on Amazon.

Last year, I wrote a post on the necessity of being honest in our reviews of books we’ve read. If we enjoy the story, we explain why. If there were issues, we report those issues without being hurtful or harmful. A review helps the writer, sure, but it also assists readers searching for their next book.

So, if you enjoyed a particular novel, and you wrote a glowing review, why would Amazon yank your review after a day or a month or even longer? That’s a question many of us have had to contemplate at least a time or two.


I’ve written hundreds of reviews on the mighty Amazon over the past decade or so. My reviews cover almost everything I’ve ever purchased from the site. Books, music, electronics, replacement refrigerator handle—if I bought it…

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One thought on “The Vanishing Review!

  1. Great article. I’ve had scores of reviews – all 5-star ones – removed from my books. One went from a 4.6 average down to 3, and became un-promotable. Amazon eventually realized they were wrong, but never reinstated those reviews. This is a big reason I recommend that indie publishers avoid going Amazon-exclusive. They are not our friend.

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