Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

Published July 3, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Absolutely apalling. Also if you are just a self-published author who only has close friends and family buying your book at the start – how is it fair, if they can’t post reviews for you? I’m shocked! So if I am an author and I buy a book and like it – I can’t review it just because I’m an author and I might happen to know the author of the book I just read? That’s stupid! Just because you are a teacher, doesn’t mean you know all teachers on the planet or if you are a nurse you know all nurses etc. Utter abuse of power!!!

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:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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