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Initial post: Aug 18, 2013 7:12:57 AM PDT
I've been noting on most of my newer reviews when I receive a review copy. I thought it was assumed to be standard practice at this point to do so. An author I just reviewed said I'm probably misinterpreting FTC rules. Does anyone else do this?


Posted on Aug 18, 2013 7:15:39 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 18, 2013 7:21:56 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 18, 2013 8:18:39 AM PDT
Yes. The author just has a sad.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 8:26:15 AM PDT
Ciaran says:
You are required to make note of any free product or book received in your reviews by Amazon. Any reviews without this disclaimer can be removed without notice. I believe this topic was up for debate recently, but as far as I understand, FTC regulations do require that reviewers state that they received a free copy of a product or book.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 8:28:01 AM PDT
Ciaran says:
"[...] the FTC considers a positive review of a product to be potentially sponsored or endorsed by the manufacturer -- and thus a form of advertising -- when the reviewer has received a free sample of the reviewed product. In circumstances where a reader would not reasonably expect such a "material connection" between the reviewer and the manufacturer, the FTC requires the disclosure of the freebie. Those disclosures are subject to the FTC's new guidance, just like other disclosures relating to advertising. "

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 1:11:49 PM PDT
Thank you! That's what I thought. (And thanks for providing the wording below.)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 5:22:33 PM PDT
The real question is does it cause the reviewer to gain credibility or lose credibility when they declare they got a book for free? I think in some way it causes doubt in a reader's mind. Like "Did they just say something nice because they got the book free." I always say when I get something free even if I think it might lead to less credibility. It is the price you have to pay to follow the rules and not get reviews removed.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 5:47:47 PM PDT
I hope this is good enough:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, funny, but incomplete August 18, 2013
The author sent me a review copy of his COUNTRYFIED CHICKENS and I was happy to read it. I am a fan of books like THE EGG AND I and ONIONS IN THE STEW......[truncated]

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 11:41:45 AM PDT
...looks like I have an unexplored and inexplicable talent for killing threads...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2013 10:35:05 PM PDT
Jim Hudson says:
don't feel bad

the question was asked and answered

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 10:46:19 PM PDT
Oh, OK. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2013 10:26:58 AM PDT
> The real question is does it cause the reviewer to gain credibility or lose credibility when they declare
> they got a book for free?

I think it depends on the critical faculties you display.

If you give 5 stars to everything, then yes, you will lose credibility, like HK.

Looking at my own reviews of freebies, I find I have several 4s & 5s, a few 2s & 3s, and one 1. But then, I tell them not to send me me stuff in genres I don't like.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 10:49:30 AM PDT
If we get a product for free, I think we should say so. This is to avoid the APPEARANCE of impropriety. If we don't say so and are caught in the fact that we received a courtesy copy followed by a five-star review, people will remember the "gotcha" element whether or not it is fair. Note that VINE reviews are always automatically tagged as such. Like you, Paul, I try to avoid accepting prod. that belongs to a class I don't generally like.
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