Email This Post HomeFictionOh, you know, free books and whatnot. Amy Vansant October 5, 2016 Fiction 20 Comments Well things were exciting around here yesterday. Amazon changed their review policies so authors can’t give free books in exchange for reviews! Amazon’s NEW Review Guidelines (10/3/16) state: Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review. That means authors can still give away free copies in the HOPES of getting reviews, but you can’t give away free copies “in exchange for review.” So I tweaked my AuthorsXP.com Read & Review program – where you can still get free books and connect with authors – but now we’re not demanding a review in exchange. But it sure would be nice. You can swing by and peruse our free books any time! If you review a book you received for free, be sure to add: “I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review” to your review – That’s an Amazon and FCC law. The authors themselves will provide you with the free books, so you get to say hi to them, too! I have some new releases from my friends for you, too: Award Winning Author (and very nice lady) DIANNE HARMAN Murder at the Clinic – 99c for a limited time! Kat Denham, a popular author of steamy romance novels, has decided to write a book in a different genre. She has a friend who’s a doctor of acupuncture, has lost over one hundred pounds, is marrying in mid-life for the first time, and seems like the perfect role model for the protagonist in Kat’s soon-to-be-written book. But then fate intervenes when Kat happens to be at the acupuncture clinic when a patient, Sandy Hendrick, mysteriously dies. Suddenly Kat is involved in a murder mystery she has to solve in order to save her reputation and that of her friend, Mitzi. Who was the murderer? Was it Mitzi, Kat’s acupuncturist? Or was it a doctor from the clinic who desperately wants Mitzi discredited, so he’ll be named the Assistant Dean of Acupuncture? Then there’s Sandy’s philandering husband, Matt, and Mitzi’s fiancée’s ex-girlfriend. Or was it Mitzi’s receptionist, Rochelle? Will the sting Kat devises to help catch the murderer work? And what part does Kat’s guard dog, Rudy, play? Another fast-paced cozy mystery with plenty of food, dogs, and recipes from seven time Amazon All-Star author, Dianne Harman. Get it on Amazon for 99c for a limited time! All Hallows’ Eve Heist, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #3 – 99c for a limited time! By the also lovely Anna Celeste Burke! Date night for Georgie Shaw and handsome detective Jack Wheeler goes terribly wrong. A botched heist at Marvelous Marley World has everyone scrambling as trigger-happy bad guys head for the Halloween celebration in Arcadia Park. With Hullabaloo-Boo in full swing, figuring out whodunit could take a little extra work. The Park is packed and everyone’s in costume. Will Jack and Georgie nab the faux-furred fiends before they can wreak more havoc or escape? Cozy mystery, romance, fun & recipes included! Get it on Amazon for 99c for a limited time! And finally, you guessed it – another giveaway! Win Up To 18 General/Womens/Historical Fiction Novels! Oct. 3-Oct. 9 (2) Grand Prize Kindle “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks! (18) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles) About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Florida is a Jungle, Shortbread Recipe, Fantasy Giveaway and Book Deals - September 11, 2019 Hurricane Blows By, Win a Kindle Reader & More Deals - September 4, 2019 Winners of the Name the Movie Contest, Cover Animation, Giveaways… - August 29, 2019 20 Responses Barbara Hackel October 5, 2016 I find Amazon is getting too demanding of their sellers. They seem to be applying rules arbitrarily, and sometimes retroactively. Are they pulling our previous reviews that have the now “wrong” wording? Should we be editing reviews? 3 likes Reply Amy Vansant October 5, 2016 Apparently it is just reviews “going forward.” 0 likes Reply Sandra October 5, 2016 Can see where a free book is great and you know saying that book is good would be a nice thing to do if you did enjoy it and if not say why. I don’t see anything wrong with someone doing that. 0 likes Kathryn Dean November 15, 2016 I want to thank you picking me on the free book. I would like it sent to my Kindle reading app if possible. or send a link to my main email and I can then download it to my android phone with the Kindle reading app. thank you so much. 0 likes Reply Judy Weaver October 5, 2016 When I read a review of a book, I really don’t care if that person got it for free, won it, or paid for it. How I get the book really doesn’t affect my review. Why can’t we just write the review and leave out how we got the book? 3 likes Reply Amy Vansant October 5, 2016 I suppose you can, in theory, but it is FCC law that reviews on products the person received for free be labeled as such. That’s why I made up the ” “I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review” – it covers FCC rules and Amazon rules. Now if you say nothing with the FCC or Amazon know? Probably not. But if it is a review on a book Amazon knows the reviewer didn’t actually PURCHASE on Amazon, then that makes it suspect. And if a book has hundreds of “unverified” reviews like that, they might get really suspicious. OR if a reviewer seems to always post unverified reviews, that person might be yanked as suspicious. *sigh* 0 likes Reply Nina Potts October 6, 2016 Which is annoying for the “unverified” book reviews. I buy a large portion of my books at a local bookstore and a 2nd hand store I love. I get a few from amazon, but not nearly as many. People are able to leave reviews for other media/art like movies and music without having to purchase it. I do understand the whole reason the unverified reviews are more scrutinized now, way too many bad writers paid for for their rating, not to mention the sometimes crazy hordes of hate reviews by people who never read any of the books (I don’t understand their motives beyond their “we’re trolls and writers deserve it”. I have received some really really amazing free books, and some meh ones. Most of the time it’s just that a type of story didn’t appeal to me. I’very been luck to not have enough to Wade through hundreds of pages of bad writing fromy anyone who gave me a free copy. 0 likes Patty Michinko October 6, 2016 I have to get it KU in order to review. So why do I have to say I got in exchange for a review? This is ticking me off. I have authors and book pages hounding in stop it seems for reviews..and it’s not my fault..why it take over a week to post my review. Even when NOT ARC? 0 likes Judith Anderson October 5, 2016 I like the new policy, I have sometimes bought a book based on reviews only to discover it is a real stinker and assume the five star reviews that lured me to spend money are either an extensive family or people who got the book for free. I hope that this change will lead to more honest reviews. As someone who has reviewed free books, I have always tried to be honest but have also felt a sense of gratitude to the author as well and hated it when I had to be negative. I am also thankful for the many happy surprises other reviewers have led me to read. 0 likes Reply Debbie T. October 5, 2016 When I leave a review, I am always honest. Even if it is a free book. I am one of those people who loves good storylines and suspense, romance but I don’t care for a lot of bad language. It doesn’t help the books and it makes me not want to read anything else of that authors. But I think if a book is given to someone free, they still should be able to leave a review. I know that my sis and I have paid for quite a lot of books. It isn’t like we only get free books to read. 2 likes Reply Donna Farris October 5, 2016 I have the Kindle app for Amazon on my phone and love it. I buy books, belong to kindleunlimited and also read free books. I don’t like so many rules and think this is just one more “unnecessary” one we and the authors have to endure. I suppose I can add my “I have not been coerced to read this free book” to my reviews… whatever it takes to make everyone happy. 1 likes Reply Kathleen Costa October 5, 2016 I have saved the quote you provided, and will add it to may reviews. Thanks for informing us of this policy. 2 likes Reply Dawn Kramer October 5, 2016 I don’t feel your demanding a review. I feel it helps out the authors and helps sell your books. I thought you were going to say if we received the books free they wouldn’t accept the review. Is amazon the only one do this? 0 likes Reply Meg October 5, 2016 When I leave a review for a book I wasn’t incredibly impressed with, I usually try to think of audience clusters who would enjoy it and gear the review towards them. We all have different tastes. Now, if the book was poorly edited, and written in a sloppy manner – then I tell it like it is. Hoping, of course, that the author will take the criticism and grow. I don’t like that writers can’t request a review in exchange for a free copy. The author’s I’ve received ARC’s from have always been very forward about ensuring that a review can be negative, or only a few words – five stars and essay length reviews are never mandatory. I think authors should also be able to do giveaways with extra entries for reviewers as a way to say thanks. I guess that’s way out of bounds too. Sigh. 1 likes Reply Kathy Church October 5, 2016 I got an email today from Amazon saying they would be pulling some of my reviews for free books. Haven’t checked to see what they pulled but it did say that I wouldn’t be able to re-review them. Hate that for the authors since I only give good reviews if I like the book regardless of whether I bought the book, got it free or from the library. 0 likes Reply Nina Potts October 6, 2016 How… what… how.. did I miss the announcement of the 3rd Angeli book??? 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant October 6, 2016 I’m starting to think I am really terrible at marketing… 🙂 0 likes Reply Nina Potts October 7, 2016 Or Facebook is a jerk 0 likes Patty Michinko October 6, 2016 Amazon has gotten me banned from reviewing by a bunch of authors and reading pages..They pulled over ten reviews..Wtf?..I have to get KU version or can’t write a review. Can’t review free ones..I have too much REAL LIFE BS and Hames going on..I want to enjoy books and share how I felt and experiences reading the books. I’m starting to lose my love for books now. 0 likes Reply Jason Cruickshank December 11, 2016 What’s annoying is that they’re not showing all the reviews from the get-go, just the verified ones. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!