Due to information from several commenters, I have decided until I have been able to dig deeper into this subject the post has been removed. I had gone on information from several other posts I had read and then read the policy myself and they all lined up, but with other authors providing additional information, I felt it irresponsible of me to leave the post up while there was the remotest doubt in my mind.
Many of the points brought up in comments were thoughts I had but was swayed by belief in the arguments of those who protested. Both, in truth, may be correct, depending on the situations.
The information I found supported the opinion but now I am finding myself, through the information provided by those of great trust sending me to dig deeper.
This is not the type of article one expects from me. A great failing in my career of providing information to the Author community.
Please do not confuse any other information from LWI with the content of that article. Until I have conducted enough research to put my mind at ease the article will remain in the trash of my blog.
I will provide an update once I have finished continued research.
My apologies for any confusion this has caused.
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Thanks, I revised my reblog accordingly, Ronovan!
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🙂 So far the research I am finding supports being able to do the reviews of free Kindle books as long as you have made a monetary purchase of something. It doesn’t say that specifically but that is what I am gathering. You can use family and friends as an Editorial Review but not as an actual Customer Review. But they seem to mean those who are really close to you. I think like a spouse or immediate family member.
The wording of their policies are in such a way to give them the ability to pick and choose, but so far I am encouraged.
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Ronovan: You are exactly correct. Amazon only allows reviews to be posted on any item, not just books, as long as the reviewer has made at least one purchase on Amazon. When in doubt, I always ask Amazon for clarification of TOS and I ask that my inquiry be booted up the chain of command. If I don’t, I just get the standard reply: a referral to the TOS. Here is my caveat: When it comes to Amazon, I ask Amazon for verification. We often see misinformation posted in good faith, such as “Everyone knows amazon Vine reviews get counted by Amazon for placement on best seller rank.” That is false. Only sales count for a book’s sales rank. Amazon does count a FREE download unit as one-tenth of a sale. And that figure determines where a book lands on paid once back to priced. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Amazon. If one follows this thread you can find the facts about the review brouhaha: http://www.forbes.com/sites/retailwire/2015/04/13/amazon-lawsuit-takes-on-fake-reviewers/
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