Tag: NetGalley Book Tag

Hi everyone! I found this tag over at Dani’s blog@mousaibooks.com. I enjoyed reading through her answers and thought this would be a good tag to do this morning because I won’t be doing Breakfast and a Book. I wasn’t tagged for this one, but please check out her blog and post at the link above.

Rules:

♥ Link back to the tag’s creator Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
♥ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
♥ Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
♥ Tag a few people to do this too.

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Blacklisted by Amazon…

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Last year my mom and I had some issues leaving book reviews. Because she had temporarily moved in to my home and was using the same address, Amazon would not allow her to post a review for a book that I had already reviewed. They felt that her reviews would be biased because she was living at the same address. She called them on the phone and they gave her the runaround. Eventually we gave up and accepted it.

I also noticed that I was never able to use the word NetGalley or say that I received the book for free, or my review would be removed. It had to be worded that you received a “complimentary copy” or it would be removed.

Fast forward to January 30th 2018. I logged into Amazon to leave a book review and I received this message…

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This makes no sense. What previous review? I called Amazon and a woman gave me the runaround, telling me that someone would call me regarding the issue. Needless to say, nobody ever called.

A few days ago I received a specific request from an author to record my book review on Amazon. This is a book that’s a verified purchase through Amazon, by the way. I logged on and received the same message, “Sorry, we are unable to accept your review.” I became a little perturbed because this just seemed so unfair. I decided to call Amazon again. This time, the person I spoke with gave me the same information–that someone would call me back. I never received a call, but this morning I received an email from Amazon…

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Final? Obviously they’re sending this email out for all inquiries. It gets worse…

Due to my geographical location, I’m  a heavy user on Amazon. We pay for a Prime membership which (most of you probably already know) includes free two-day shipping. It’s not uncommon to purchase forty or more items a month and 98% of our Christmas and birthday gifts come from Amazon. I also purchase scads of books on Amazon as well.

When scrolling through some of my purchases from last year, I noticed that the star rating wasn’t completed on ANY of my previous purchases. Every single one of my ratings and reviews has been removed. Every single one from the beginning of time.

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Reading and Reviewing Complimentary Copies from Authors

I’ve been thinking a lot here lately about reviewing books that are gifted from authors. When I started blogging and reviewing on Goodreads, I started getting a good amount of free copies of books from authors. Not only that, I read for Netgalley, and I’m consistently reviewing books that were gifted in one way or another.

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I noticed last year on Amazon that reviews were being removed if they had any mention of a book or product being given in exchange for a review. You can read about it here.

Many times on Goodreads you will see this on book reviews,

“Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.” 

-or something like what I use-

“I’d like to thank the author for sharing a complimentary copy of this book with me.” 

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So, my question today is simple. Is adding a “Thanks” to the author and stating that you got a book for free a negative thing to do on a book review and do you think that it makes the review seem less legit? 

Some people will say “yes” and tell you that it looks bad because in their mind they are thinking that somehow it’s skewed the review into the more positive range. Other people say that it’s a requirement – that you should always thank the author or publisher and be courteous.

I’ve noticed recently that when an author reads another author’s book, they don’t commonly thank the author at all. Could it be that they feel this looks bad? Is that why they don’t include that information on their review?

What are your thoughts on this? Please feel free to comment below…

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