Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

wow… amazon seems to be growing a bit big for their briches .. making decisions and refusing to give clear and open reasoning for said decisions… as a writer, amazon worries me… when I start to publish, how can I avoid this problem? as well as the other various issues my fellow writers have noticed recently… dear amazon, we need more information

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

  1. Wow as an aspiring author myself, with a novel in the works, I had never heard anything like this about Amazon’s business practices. This is the first post on your blog I’ve seen, so forgive me if I sound ignorant, but are you a novel reviewer then? It’s just that I could do with a pair of trained eyes having a glance over my prologue (located on the front page of my blog). Thank you for the informative article, I have followed this blog 🙂

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    1. the closet I have come to a review is to participate as a judge in one of the RWA contests (molly contest) … I found the post that follows my comment when I looked over ‘s site … there have been quite a few what-the-hell-amazon comments lately… I don’t know how many I fully understand or should worry about, but this one gave me pause… thanks for following, and I will be sure to check out your page

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