Amazon reviews

Furor over Amazon review policy probably signifies nothing

By Chris Meadows
July 4, 2015 // 19 Comments

I love the smell of manufactured outrage in the morning. As posted on her blog and recounted in a Gizmodo story, writer and blogger Imy Santiago bought an independent novel, read it, and tried to post a review of it to Amazon. But Amazon rejected her review, and held firm on the rejection through [...]

Should authors respond to positive reviews?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. [...]

Margo Howard takes up New Republic’s anti-Amazon banner, disses Vine club for daring to review her

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

Author entitlement is a wonderful thing. Just by putting pen to paper, you can be forgiven for child abuse. Stalking. Abusing your readers. Grumpy-catting when you can’t get the recognition and validation you paid for. Especially in your own mind. Apparently it’s all part of that [...]

Horror writers join anti Amazon bullying push

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Horror writers are made of stern stuff, you’d think. But apparently they find online bullying as creepy as anyone. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) ( has just added its voice to the series of calls on Amazon to end aggressively negative – and anonymous – [...]

Removing anonymity isn’t the answer for negative reviews

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 8, 2014 // 3 Comments

Chris Meadows wrote about Anne Rice and other authors signing a petition asking Amazon to do take care of forum trolls. There are people who want Amazon reviewers to write under their real full name when giving reviews. News sites have transitioned to do this in comments sections, making people [...]

Getting back to writing honest — not just good — reviews

By libertyc
September 24, 2013 // 9 Comments

When did we stop writing negative reviews? I am not talking about degrading a writer, but being critical of their work. Again, not to the point of bashing and putting someone down. But reviewing someone’s work with truthfulness whether that be good or bad. For the second time in what feels as [...]

Amazon to fight iPhone via phone-enabled Kindle? Why the mike in the K3?

By libertyc
August 1, 2010 // 5 Comments

Amazon video – NOT impartial review Did Amazon tuck away a microphone in the Kindle 3 with the idea of adding a phone option later, not just for possible fun with a voice navigation option? That’s my guess, after having read Andrys Basten’s mention of the “’not currently enabled [...]

How to abuse Amazon reviews: let your PR agency be your shill

By libertyc
June 1, 2010 // 2 Comments

That’s the thrust of an article in The Cincinnati Beacon which found that Rachel Friedman, a public relations agent, has written 72 reviews: Ever read a book review on that was so rah-rah and uncritical that you wondered if the reviewer might have connections to the author or [...]

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