Amazon’s Latest Crackdowns: Do they Include Amazon Review Trolls?

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by Anne R. Allen

Amazon periodically cracks down on users who have been abusing their customer review and ranking systems. Most of us are happy when the giant retailer takes steps to combat the abuse. Cheaters take money out of our pockets and give honest authors and reviewers a bad name.

Unfortunately, the company usually does this with a clunky algorithm that throws out many babies with the bathwater. The worst part is there’s no opportunity to appeal to a human. A lot of honest reviewers had all their reviews taken down in a draconian purge in 2016.

And now there’s an equally heavy-handed crackdown going on. This one is aimed at authors who appear to be gaming the system to manipulate rank, especially using boxed sets. I warned about the boxed set scams in July. Sadly, many authors didn’t realize they were agreeing to violate Amazon’s TOS when they…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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