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**This article is pure speculation on my behalf. I'm asking questions because I don't know the answers and I'd like to think out loud on the ramifications of what's happening with Amazon, for readers and authors. I like to get people thinking and see what thoughts are in the world. Some of this could be extreme, but something to talk and speculate about. I'm not looking for nasty responses, but a friendly discussion.
Does not reviewing on Amazon affect bloggers getting review copies of books?
I know Amazon has taken on many different hats to help authors in many ways. They do publishing where several authors only publish on Amazon, Kindle Scout, Kindle Unlimited, and probably other ways of helping authors publish. Kindle Unlimited is becoming a big avenue lately as people buy in and get all the free books they can read.
But with all the review stink going around with amazon, is it affecting the faithful bloggers and fans? Are bloggers discontinuing with posting reviews on Amazon? I've heard of a few that have. Is it going to affect authors in the long run? And bloggers?
I think it's possible. It may not now, but it will be a slow process coming in the distant future.
If we know we like books (or an author) and continue with the series and Amazon finds we're deemed biased, that they think we are creating fake reviews (IF this is what is happening as we don't have a definite answer from Amazon yet to this), because we follow the same authors and read their books and post them with high ratings. It could cause to a slow trickle that bloggers are going to be kicked off amazon in the way of posting reviews.
Then there are the authors that are only publishing on amazon. Will they be able to create the fan base that well known authors have? They may not have anybody to post reviews or create a community in the blogging world. This goes back to the Indie world were it makes a big difference and impact for the authors. The self published authors are going to be affected in the long run.
Amazon is one of the highest traffic sites for books for authors. I've heard from authors that they need 40 reviews (good or bad) before they start appearing in recommendation lists to other book lovers. This helps them get seen and hopefully produce revenue along with new fans. I understand why authors would like to see reviews posted on Amazon, they need to make their paycheck too.
The big publishing companies don't seem to be affected as much. They are seen my many because of their own advertising and there are other places to post reviews as they aren't only publishing through Amazon. Now the authors who only publish through Amazon, they have to wait 3 months before posting the book on another book selling site. I'm not sure if this has changed or not. It may still be the same, may not.
Could it be that the blogging community is starting to lose ground and not be an impact for authors? If so, I'd still blog because I love the community I've become a part of and... well... if you saw my shelves, I have enough books to keep me reading for more years than I probably will live. lol.
My question today is, is that going to affect us as bloggers? Or authors? Do we mind if we get review books or not?
Note: I do think authors are trying to make a shift and add venues in where their books are available. I have noticed that more of them are starting to post their books on iBooks with iTunes and Apple. I know many authors have shifted to ebooks. Have authors started to post buy links on their own sites so people can buy ebooks in formats they'd like from the author and not have to go through Amazon? Authors are aware of many issues with Amazon and trying to earn money but that seems to be the most prominent avenue to find people.
So, is there a way we can help fix it and bring authors together in a new way or new site other than buying all books from Amazon?
**My thinking on this matter is all over the board. I can see both sides of the coin. I'm curious what your thoughts are.
**I reserve the right to delete any comments that are cruel, mean, and derogatory toward bloggers, reviewers, authors, or even myself.