Amazon and Reviews

Another thing I learned last week at NINC involves posting reviews at Amazon. Many of us have noticed – or been notified of – reviews being removed from the Amazon website, because Amazon perceives that the reviewer and the author know each other. This is obviously an effort to keep people from abusing the review option by having all their friends give their book five star reviews, but is kind of annoying for reviewers who receive copies specifically so that they can post an honest review.

The solution is this: so long as you include the language “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review” in your review, the review won’t be removed.

I would include this language as well if you win a copy of a book in a contest or giveaway and end up reviewing it. If the book was gifted through Amazon, Amazon will know it, and this will ensure your review doesn’t evaporate after you spend the time to write it.

How simple is that? And now we know!

September Reader Contest

This month, we have something a little bit different. The prize this month is a download code for the audio edition of The Rogue.

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio editionAll you have to do is comment on this post for a chance to win. As usual, the contest is open to international entries, and for every 25 entries, I’ll add another prize. If you review audio books on your blog or regularly post reviews on the various portals (Amazon, Audible and Apple) please make a comment to that effect in your post, and I’ll try to get you a copy in addition to the prize for the month.

Good luck!