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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012, 10:37:38 AM PST
Thanks for the link, Coleen.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012, 7:00:28 AM PST
Kokopelli says:
Hmmm. I will definitely read the article and thanks for bringing it to my attention. I have often wondered about the five-star reviews that are so general and so positive that they could be about any book. It's like the "reviewer" didn't even take the time to browse the book and see what it's supposed to be about. I recently got a jobs notice that offered to pay for reviews. I was curious so I responded to see what would happen, and nothing did. I never heard from them. In their defense, they were not advertising for "fake" reviews but for people who actually read and reviewed a book. They didn't even offer the books for free. You had to buy the book and then send them a review for which you would be paid very little. I have no idea if this was legitimate or not, but even if it was, paying with money for reviews seems to me to belong to the purview of professional editors, not Joe Blow with a keyboard.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012, 6:36:55 AM PST
This has been going on for months now. There have been almost daily complaints over in the General Help Forum from people claiming their reviews were unfairly deleted.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012, 6:15:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2012, 6:16:15 AM PST
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/technology/amazon-book-reviews-deleted-in-a-purge-aimed-at-manipulation.html

Initial post: Dec 23, 2012, 6:10:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2012, 6:11:04 AM PST
There's an interesting article, written by David Streitfield, in the New York Times today. (Sorry, I don't know how to link it.) The title is "Crackdown on book reviews roils Amazon," and even Harriet Klausner is mentioned. In part it reads:

"After several well-publicized cases involving writers buying or manipulating their reviews, Amazon is cracking down. Writers say thousands of reviews have been deleted from the shopping site in recent months.

"Amazon has not said how many reviews it has killed, nor has it offered any public explanation. So its sweeping but hazy purge has generated an uproar about what it means to review in an era when everyone is an author and everyone is a reviewer."
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