Why Amazon May Decide Not to Post Your Book Review

C.H. Armstrong Books & Blog

So…here’s my tangent today and I’d like to share it with all of you.

Yesterday I noticed a post on my Facebook feed about a petition to prevent Amazon from arbitrarily deciding not to post book reviews based upon their belief that the reviewer might know the author.  What this means is that if you post a book review and  Amazon thinks you know the author personally, they may refuse to publish your book review.

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I find this really disturbing, and here’s why:  what criteria is Amazon using to determine whether I know the author?  Is it because I’m giving a really great review?  Is it because I follow their Facebook Author Page?  Maybe I’ve interacted with the author a few times through that page.  Or maybe, just maybe, I’m Facebook “friends” with an author.  The problem is that none of those contacts mean that I actually know an author.  It…

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