Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

This worries me as a reviewer and as an author. Check out her blog and see more comments about this injustice.

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

  1. All a bit scary. I don’t know if it makes any difference, but I unlinked my Facebook and Twitter accounts from my Amazon account, as I’ve heard this is one way they work out if people ‘know’ each other. Having said that, I’ve also posted reviews where I have known the author personally and have said so in the review, so…

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    1. I think I agree it is a robot decision. robots don’t read the reviews, they just make the connections. 🙂 that’s my theory. It is a bit big brotherish, if you ask me. I didn’t even know until I read this that Amazon and Goodreads were connected.

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