Tuesday News: Amazon removes access of books to a consumer; Amazon forcing Publishers to pay increased VAT; Amazon cracks down on positive reviews
So what is a reader to do? I recommend backing up. This process can be automated so that everytime you download a book in your Kindle computer app, the computer will create a back up copy and import it into Calibre. Brian author this post on using Belvedere and this is my post for Mac users. If the books have DRM on them, a backup that does not include stripping of the DRM would not be effective. There are DRM stripping plugins for Calibre but I can’t link to them as stripping DRM has not been clearly denoted as legal in the US except in some exceptions.
If the fan has read and reviewed (probably positively) all her other books. That’s apparently one red flag. If you haven’t purchased the book, another flag. If you are friends and trying to review each other’s books? That’s a flag. According to Merrie Destefano, she tried to post a review of one of her friend’s books and one of her friend’s tried to post a review of Merrie’s book and they got the cold shoulder from Amazon.
I’m so glad you posted this! The same thing happened to me. I recently self-published a book on Amazon (I’m also traditionally published, as well.) One of my best friends tried to post a review. It was taken down. I tried to post a review of her book. It never showed up.
Annette Reynolds said:
This is beyond frightening, and the information needs to go viral. I have enough trouble scraping up reviews, and have just recently become involved with an Author Review Group on Goodreads.
Amazon is also threatening to remove books if there are repeated attempts at re-posting rejected reviews. Another commenter had this to say “I used to trust them, but now I wish we had another king. ” I wonder if she has tried to sell her books at other retailers or just hooked up with Amazon like so many other self published authors.
Yes, there are going to be honest positive reviews being taken down, but I’m willing to support this flawed system if it cracks down on the review abuses. I can understand why this panics authors but the actions of the authors in the thread to that post reveals why it is necessary.