Scores of authors in Britain and across the Atlantic have recently reported that their reviews have either mysteriously disappeared or were never published.
Amazon has now admitted that it has introduced a ban on authors leaving reviews about other people's books in the same genre because they may pose a “conflict of interest” and cannot be impartial about their rivals.
So where does it say you have to remain locked in one genre or another? I've published novels in two genres (LGBT and suspense). Plus, differentiating between a self-congratulating review and one that's legitimately laudatory is still a judgment call and one that I'm sure, knowing how lazy Amazon is, is being done by algorithms. Do yourself a favor: Get Amazon out of your life. They're fascist and they treat like dog shit their own customers, authors, warehouse temp workers and even giant publishers. All for-profit corporations are inherently evil but Amazon is fast becoming my least favorite one of them all. And, considering Blackwater, Wal-Mart, Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton, Monsanto and others, that's saying a fuckuva lot.This means that thriller writers are prevented from commenting on works by other authors who write similar books.