Oh, That Amazon!

VBT – Writers on the Move has a new feature to its marketing campaign – Viewpoint.

Today begins this new feature and Carolyn Howard-Johnson is launching the new segment at her site: www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com

The title of Carolyn’s article is:
Amazon, Reviews, Free Speech and More. C'mon, Let's Rant!

So, what’s going on? Well, Amazon has decided to restrict the use of promotion on their site. Authors have always posted reviews of other authors' books on Amazon. They always included a link to their Amazon book page as part of their usual signature. Amazon, in a questionable decision, has disallowed this practice. When signing your review, you can only put your name – nothing else.

Does Amazon have a right to do this? Is this a fair practice?

Go over to Sharing with Writers and read the original article by John Kremer and then Carolyn’s response. Let us know what you think about this!



  1. Hi Karen:

    Thanks for taking an interest in my past case with Amazon over deleted book reviews. This case has been resolved and I'm happy with how Amazon handled it.

    To summarize, it was an error made by some Amazon employees. There is NO policy that states authors can't sign a review with their name and mention their own book titles.

    Amazon has apologized for this error and has reinstated all my reviews, even taking the time to manually add my signature line at the end of each review.

    You can read the full story at The Write Type ~ Multi-Author Musings.

    ~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
    author and book marketing coach

  2. Cheryl,

    Thank you for stopping by and letting us know the outcome.



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