Yes, I do write for the love of it,
but it would be helpful if….
My query to Amazon this month –
Subject: Book reviews not co-ordinated across Amazon sites.
Hello Amazon team
I am hoping you can help me. Could you please explain why reviews of my books are scattered across different Amazon sites? I have reviews on Amazon.com, but these don’t appear on Amazon.com.au, Amazon.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.in etc.
I uploaded my novel to what I understood to be a global website. I’ve paid Createspace for the print-on-demand option for my first book (they did a great job), and this has managed to appear on every Amazon site. Why can’t reviews be similarly distributed and published?
I have asked this question before and was informed the reviews are there if you scroll down far enough. However, potential readers land on ‘Arafura – Blood, the Wet and tears‘ on most Amazon pages with NO star rating and the message, ‘Be the first to review this item’. This implies there are no reviews. Would YOU bother scrolling down? But go to the Amazon.com page and the Arafura has 13 reviews.
I don’t have many reviews, but they are positive and recommend my novel. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that reviews are what emerging authors rely on to be noticed.
Now my sequel is out, the same problem is occurring – Amazon.com.au has a review by one reader, Amazon.com by another. Can’t all reviews be co-ordinated and appear across all Amazon sites, please?
I would be very grateful, and gladly pay for this service. It all seems a little pointless otherwise.
Very keen to hear your response
I hope this email finds you well. Thanks for taking the time to send us your comments on improving the website by allowing reviews to be shared between our sister websites.
Our Customer Reviews feature doesn’t link reviews across Amazon.com and the International Amazon sites at present. However, as you may already know, we do have a feature that spotlights reviews from Amazon.com on international Amazon websites for the same product. While the reviews are spotlighted, the votes and number of reviews don’t count toward the total for the listings on international websites.
I understand that this is an area we can improve upon. As such I have passed your message along to the team involved with future development of our Communities features. I know they will want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again.
The Amazon team.
I don’t want to whine, so I’m going off to drink one.