Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

If you write, you will want to read this post. If you read, you’ll want to read it. If you post reviews on Amazon, you’ll want to read it. It raises one BIG question.

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:

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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

    1. Abbie, thanks for your comment. Santiago says the review was shared in the comments. I went through the multiple pages of comments but didn’t find the review–however, I’ll look through them again. Judging from many of the readers’ comments, however, other reviewers have had reviews rejected on the basis of friendship with an author they don’t know. Here’s such an account from an author:

      The author and the title of the book Santiago reviewed weren’t mentioned at the author’s own request.


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