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Initial post: Jul 24, 2014 1:08:01 PM PDT
I just downloaded the sample of a horror novel, 'The Flip' by Michael Phillip Cash and find, in the midst of our heroine's ruminations about meeting her husband for the first time, clickable product placement for I clicked on it - on my first gen kindle keypad and there it is - the page.

I am reading a book; I want to be immersed and here is a bloody underlined link! It disturbs the flow of thought and emphasizes a product.
Amazon used to be a bookstore- I thought they understood reading....this just leaves me speechless.

Here: I live on a tiny Caribbean island. I went online in 1994 and very shortly thereafter found Amazon. It has been an absolute lifesaver raising kids on an island with no bookstore. I would smash my kindle right now if the action would not isolate me from books. If we let this happen, our children's and their children's books will be written for product placement- the literary arts will be gutted.

This moment is far more horrifying than any horror novel I've ever read.

Do others find this as appalling as I do? Is there anything that can be done about this- or is it just the future?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 1:10:32 PM PDT
The first thing to consider is that Amazon is a reseller. Amazon does not and legally cannot change any book/sample offered for sale.

Your anger should be focused on the author/publisher. I would definitely review the product with this info so other buyers are aware.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 1:10:38 PM PDT
Complain to the author/publisher. Amazon didn't put the link there. You also didn't have to click it. But I too would be annoyed, and would make that known to the correct person.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 1:12:17 PM PDT
JoshuaJohn says:
That author would be on my blacklist, for sure.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 2:13:41 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I just downloaded that sample and I wasn't able to find anything that seemed to be clickable. I didn't read it. I just skimmed it. Then I skimmed from back to front and I couldn't find anything like that.

I wonder if something else was going on? Not that I have any idea what.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 2:41:36 PM PDT
I downloaded the sample, too. The link to is on location 180.

The author/publisher put it there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:11:44 PM PDT
So, the author or publisher sold some ad space in their book.

How distasteful.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:24:40 PM PDT
Yeah, that's what I thought. Putting the author on my "do not buy" list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:29:07 PM PDT
Ugh! Yeah, that's the publisher's doing. Has it been less than 7 days since you bought the book? You could return it and tell Amazon why.

In fact, even if it's been longer than 7 days, you could call Amazon and complain AND contact the publisher (from the book's product page).

That's outrageous.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:29:24 PM PDT
I would report it to amazon via the help links, or the product page. Not exactly sure of their rules, but I'd be really surprised if this is okay with them, from someone using their KDP service.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:32:42 PM PDT
Also, leave a less-than-glowing review of the book. No one has given it less than 3 stars; if you came in with a 2 or 1, it would get someone's attention.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:34:30 PM PDT
It was a sample. They didn't buy the book. But I'd still complain or leave a rotten review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:39:54 PM PDT
I caught that the second time around. :0)

I did open a discussion on the product page, just to see what would happen. To be fair, it could just be a computery-uploady-automatically-make-links-live setting somewhere that he didn't even realize.

I thought OP meant it was a *random* ad, but the reference is in context, so the upload programming might automatically hot link web addresses.

It might not be intentional.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 3:46:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2014 3:52:50 PM PDT
Well, then the author needs to be made aware of it so he can fix it. It's very unappealing.

ETA - I reported it as being inappropriate.
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