From The Telegraph: Author backlash over Amazon’s new online review crackdown by Andrew Hough

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By Index Admin January 7, 2013 16:07

From The Telegraph: Author backlash over Amazon’s new online review crackdown by Andrew Hough

Scores of authors in Britain and across the Atlantic have recently reported that their reviews have either mysteriously disappeared or were never published.

Amazon has now admitted that it has introduced a ban on authors leaving reviews about other people’s books in the same genre because they may pose a “conflict of interest” and cannot be impartial about their rivals.

This means that thriller writers are prevented from commenting on works by other authors who write similar books.

Critics suggest this system is flawed because many authors are impartial and are experts on novels.

In recent weeks, some authors said they had more than 50 reviews deleted without notice, provoking waves of critical comments and posts on blogs and internet forums.

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By Index Admin January 7, 2013 16:07
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  1. Pat Frayne January 9, 11:09

    I too have lost reviews on Amazon. I would also like to know why my reviews on Amazon in the US cannot be transferred to Amazon in the UK.

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    • Faydra Deon January 9, 11:24

      I’m not totally sure, but I think it’s because the US site and the UK site are two, totally different entities although they are owned by the same entity, if that makes sense. Those who buy your eBook in the US cannot also buy your eBook from the UK site. We can, however, purchase print books from the UK site. This is true of all Amazon’s sites. The site in Canada is different from the site in the UK and the site in the US and so on. It would be nice, however, if they did consolidate reviews across all their sites and maybe they will eventually.

      Thanks for reading the post and for your comment, Pat. I also appreciate you being a member author of the Index: http://64.207.189.128/pat-frayne/

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