Amazon’s new rule on incentivized reviews(And how it doesn’t affect the indie community)

Author Kyle Perkins

By Kyle Perkins.

So, a lot of you have been sharing and freaking out over this article which says that Amazon is banning incentivized reviews tied to free or discounted products. Well, you can relax now, and here’s why.

“These changes will apply to all product categories other than books, as Amazon has always allowed advance copies of books to be distributed, the retailer notes.”

Now, while ARCs are permitted, Amazon is notorious for yanking reviews that they perceive to be biased (even when they aren’t), so diligent measures such as regularly screencapping reviews is always a good idea.

Also, there is absolutely no reason a reviewer needs to, or should mention that they got the book in exchange for an honest review. I mean, that information helps no one. Instead, just review the book like you would if you hadn’t gotten it in exchange for a free review.

Ways to…

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