I just wanted to celebrate that as of today, amazon have seen sense in their guidelines and have now made exceptions to their 5 non-verified purchase reviews rule. In case you didn’t know what I’ve been talking about for the last few days, Amazon.com had recently changed its rules on posting reviews. The original rules can be found in this blog post: Amazon’s Even Newer Reviewing Rules These rules led to a great deal of commotion and anger amongst authors and book reviewers as it restricted both how many non-verified book reviews you could write each week, as well as potentially deleting many verified purchase reviews when too many are posted in a short time. However today the US rules have been updated again but this time they are clear:
- Customers can submit 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week. Non-Amazon Verified Purchase review counts are calculated each week from Sunday at 12:00am UTC through Saturday 11:59pm UTC. This policy does not apply to Vine reviews or reviews on digital and physical books, music, and video.
- When we find unusually high numbers of reviews for a product posted in a short period of time, we may restrict the number of non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews on that product.
So THANKFULLY book reviews are exempt from this new rule!!! And there’s no need to worry about verified purchase reviews being taken down either.
I can’t help but wonder how amazon changed its rules though. They don’t usually chop and change their policies within days so I can only assume its because enough people angry at the changes complained> So to those that did THANK YOU!
The UK guidelines aren’t as clear to understand yet but it is expected that the same rules apply though aren’t as clearly stated. So business can get back to normal now :). Thank you to everyone who has been following this blog for updates. I hope you will continue to support this blog and enjoy reading some great book reviews, poetry and important articles like the ones I’ve been posting the last few days. Thank you again!
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