The Madness of March

Yes, there is madness brewing this month of March.

First off – submissions for Chris Allinote’s March Madness ends this Friday, March 4th. Here are the details for that:

“…the rules – any length is great, up to a 2,000 word cap. Submit to chrisallinotte (at) gmail (dot) com with “Madness in March Submission” in the subject line, and your story in the body of the e-mail.”

Secondly – Amazon is deleting reviews! That’s right. They are changing their posting rules. Here’s what Irene Watson from Reader Views had to say:

“I did find out that Amazon is revamping their review posting rules which will eliminate all posts other than those whereby the reviewer can prove that he or she either purchased the book or was given it as a gift. That is…if they comply by the FTC 16 CFR Part 255 that came into effect December 1, 2009.”

You can read the full article here: Amazon Changes Rules on the Go: Affiliates and Reviewers Are Being Dropped

Thirdly – I believe the world is going mad too. Don’t let it get you.

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10 thoughts on “The Madness of March

  1. I'm trying to get something finished for Chris's challenge as well. Amazon will rule the world one day, along with Apple, Microsoft and the Teeny Weeny Purple Ploppy People from Planet Plop!!Thirdly…..Yes, I'm already mad!

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  2. How exactly are you supposed to prove that you bought the book or were given it? I guess this is a sneaky way to make sure you buy from Amazon (which I do because I have a Kindle…but still).

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  3. Laurita, I'm not sure about the details of Amazon's new review rules, but I do know that they are hitting professional reviews hard – which kills me, because their reviews are usually more in depth than the general reader reviews. Plus, many general reader reviews come from friends and family, so how can those not be biased, to some extent. Reviews from professional services owe the author nothing but honesty.I have a Kindle too, and must admit I haven't downloaded one book, because most of the time, I can still get them cheaper ordering used on-line.I suspect this will allow B & N to get into the game more, especially when the Nook allows you to share downloaded books.

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  4. This is the first I'm hearing about Amazon. I'm wondering…who complained about the reviews before? Is it just an internal response of Amazon's?

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  5. In a way Amazon's change is good. There are a lot of phony reviews posted by people try to bump their work's score and deliberately confuse customers, or by haters trying to sink something's rating. It's irksome as far as Amazon goes as a platform for reviews, but it's primarily a place to buy content – why should you be allowed to post a review there if you didn't do business with them? If anything this should spur more people to create or link together independent portals for reviews like Goodreads.

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  6. Hi John,I totally agree with you about the phony reviews on Amazon, whether those are good or bad, and that from a business stand point, they absolutely have every right to set new rules about posting reviews and should. But good reviews can't be sorted from bad reviews based on whether or not the book was purchased through Amazon. That is my only concern with them, and I hope that they will establish a better system for posting reviews.Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this—Erin

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  7. I heard about this Amazon thing. Bad for professional reviews, good for when people just add overly positive or negative reviews to plump (or decrease) stars.

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