As is always the case, author, blogger, musician, and artist, Elyse Bruce, has provided a well thought out and entirely reasonable solution to a problem we Indie Authors have been struggling with lately. Now, if only Jeff Bezos will listen.
The last few weeks have proven to be difficult for Indie authors on Amazon due to a number of policy changes, not the least of which has to do with book reviews. Two months ago, many reviews were deemed invalid and were removed from the Amazon site which caused an uproar among a segment of Indie authors.
Some reviews removed were “paid for” reviews while others were “review for review swap” reviews. Some were “doxing” reviews (in other words, the sole intent was to sink the author’s book before got a toehold in the market) and some were “toxic” reviews (in other words, the sole intent was to use the review format to personally attack the author).
But then there came to light another kind of review removal and that was the removal of reviews by those Amazon considered to be a friend of the author regardless of whether the…
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