Saturday, February 9, 2013

I read. Shocking, isn't it?

Lately, I've had some problems with Amazon deleting my reviews. I contacted them and pointed out that as a writer I also know how to read, and I consider myself entitled to an opinion. They wrote back and said they're removing all reviews where the reviewer might have a financial stake in the object reviewed. Sure I have a great financial stake in liking the books of author's I haven't even talked to online, even less know in real life. *cough*

I could see their point if I wrote horrible reviews of competitors books, but that's not how I roll. Seriously, my mother taught me "If you can't say something good it's better to say nothing at all." Even if I don't like something other people might, and I try to always find something positive to say. If I don't like anything about a book I'd rather keep my mouth shut, and I generally don't write reviews giving less than three stars.

When it comes to products that fall apart within two minutes of delivery I can be a little harsher, but not when it's about books. Someone poured a little part of themselves into writing, and differing tastes is no reason to be rude.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree?

2 comments:

  1. Unfortunately there have been a few authors who've behaved horribly by creating fake accounts. Then they give themselves five star reviews and trash their competition. To try to combat all of it, Amazon went across the board and started deleting reviews of those who are also authors...well at least if their Amazon accounts are linked. So far mine haven't been deleted, but I decided to not take any chances.

    I'm with you. I think as READERS we should be able to review the books we read. In that vein, I've set up my own review blog so at least I have a back up of the reviews for the authors in case my reviews get deleted from Amazon.

    There are too many Mean Girls and Boys out there who make it a game to slam another author's work. It's a shame. We should be supporting each other instead of tearing each other apart.

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  2. Here I am again, searching for the like-button. =) I agree completely!

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