Review rules at Amazon are tightening. Below are some of the new rules in place and some old ones too.
A reviewer must spend at least $50 on Amazon using a valid debit card or credit card.
No paid reviews. This includes reviews from book bloggers that are part of a paid book blog tour, even though the reviewer has not been paid.
No ‘exchanging’ reviews. (You review me, I’ll review you.)
Reviews are not to be submitted by family members or close friends.
You can still provide advanced reader copies for review.
This one is in general, not specifically Amazon, and my understanding is that it’s a legal requirement: If you receive a free copy for review, the review should include that information. I.E. I have received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
If a legitimate review has been removed you can appeal it at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s is the link for Amazon Community Guidelines referencing reviews.
And here’s a link to an extremely well-written article by Ann R. Allen that explains and simplifies the new rules and goes into much greater detail than I have.
She also talks about troll reviewers that leave poor reviews on competitors products to push theirs to the top.
What are your thoughts on the new rules, do you think it will help or hurt?
Also posted at Sandra’s Blog