Keep Your Amazon Reviews Safe

Recently I read a post by an author who had 600 reviews taken from her book by Amazon. I’ve never had a review taken, but it is scary to think hard earned critical praise can be erased from your page on a whim.

To guard against this, I’m collecting my reviews on my own blog with links back to original review on Amazon. It was pretty easy to copy/paste and do a little adjusting.

The bonus is that I can also embed video reviews. I only did a page for Bitter Suites at the moment, but I plan to do it for all my books in the near future. You can check that page out here, or in the tabs at the top of this page.

I’ve never had a review taken, but I have had fellow authors blocked from leaving a review. It’s hard to find someone to take a few minutes to leave a review, and each one is priceless. Fellow writers are the best ones to leave a critical review, so I feel like it’s an unjust policy by Amazon to bar them—especially when so many toaster ovens have obviously fake reviews.

I understand and appreciate Amazon’s efforts to keep the book reviews honest and real, but I wish they could come up with a more friendly way to accomplish this.

What are your thoughts? Should Amazon be so stringent on their book review policy?

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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2 Responses to Keep Your Amazon Reviews Safe

  1. Laura K Duerrwaechter, AUTHOR says:

    Who better to review a newly published
    book than those who understand the beast? We are intimately acquainted, having birthed it, nurtured it and released it. It’s inconceivable to me to preclude authors from the privilege of sharing UNBIASED insight.

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