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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon Ever Remove Reviews?
« Last post by Paul Mathews on Today at 03:06:32 AM »
Yep, I've had two or three removed that complained about not having ordered the book etc. You just need to ask nicely and point out that it's unhelpful for customers. I also got one removed that included some foul language, although it was initially rebuffed by the usual KDP people. I had to email KDP Executive Relations ( and point out such language went against their own guidance and they quickly took it down.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon Ever Remove Reviews?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on Today at 03:01:44 AM »
I've mentioned this before, but I got a 1-star on my middle-grade novel claiming it started out okay, but after chapter 25 it was full of swearing and 'adult themes'. To be extra helpful, they even quoted passages full of swearing.

I had two issues with the review:

One, there was no swearing in the book.
Two, this novel didn't HAVE 25 chapters

That review went up in 2012. I finally got it taken down in 2018. I don't know whether it was because I linked to the review on twitter and asked everyone to click 'report abuse' on it, plus RT the tweet, or whether it was the stream of emails I started sending from about March this year.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon Ever Remove Reviews?
« Last post by D.A. Boulter on Today at 02:56:48 AM »
Are there any circumstances where you can ask Amazon to remove a review and they'll do it?

I have a one star review which only says "I didn't order this book", which drags my overall rating down on a book that only has seven other reviews (all five star), but I'm guessing Amazon wouldn't remove it.

Has anyone ever had any success addressing a review like that?

I have one of those, too. "Actually I didn't order this book" Got it in October 2016. Back then when you clicked on the 'abuse' button, you could actually state a reason why you pushed it. I reported it, and had a few friends report it. It's still there. Never actually talked to anyone in KDP or Author Central about it, but I did report it.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Copyright after death?
« Last post by DarkScribe on Today at 02:29:39 AM »
Hi y'all. You may know from some other posts that I have stage 4 incurable cancer. I'm essentially a goner.

Here is my question. My will states that any intellectual property will transfer to my husband upon my death. The clause was added so my books don't end up in some legal limbo.

Occasionally, Amazon and Createspace ask for proof of copyright. My will doesn't specify any titles. Should I add some sort of notarized document stating specifically what books/titles/ pen name etc. will transfer to him upon my death. You know, some sort of specific notarized, easy to email one-page document? I want to make it as clear and easy as possible for him to prove copyright ownership should the issue come up again. My will seems to vague.
I've been on KBoards for several years but I've not had occasion to need to DM so this is public. I have some advice that might be helpful, based on personal experience, not theory. My experience involved having stage four Melanoma in 2004  - it being suggested that I should "get my affairs in order" quickly - and still being around today (plus being very fit & healthy).  I followed the Johanna Budwig protocol - which in turn was based on the findings of 1930s Doctor who won the Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering that Oxygen killed cancer. Always. The Budwig protocol focuses on increasing the amount of oxygen circulating in the blood. It is simple, easy to apply and effective. Mostly diet, exercise (to create oxygen demand) and daily sun exposure for natural vitamin D. A lot of modern research shows that many who died from various cancers were vitamin D deficient. Jump on Google and look at the ORIGINAL work of Johanna Budwig, not the many also-rans who distort her research.  Best wishes.
Douglas Adams would be proud of this mess:

Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say experts

From the article:

Businesses are not required to automatically ‘repaper’ or refresh all existing 1998 Act consents in preparation for the GDPR,” Vitale said. “The first question to ask is: which of the six legal grounds under the GDPR should you rely on to process personal data? Consent is only one ground. The others are contract, legal obligation, vital interests, public interest and legitimate interests.

Even if you are relying on consent, that still does not mean you have to ask for consent again. Recital 171 of the GDPR makes clear you can continue to rely on any existing consent that was given in line with the GDPR requirements, and there’s no need to seek fresh consent. Just make sure that your consent met the GDPR standard and that consents are properly documented.

In other words, if the business had consent to communicate with you before GDPR, that consent probably carries over, and even if it doesn’t carry over, there are five other reasons a company can cite for continuing to process data.

(Bolding mine)

And then the best bit:

What’s more, Vitale said, if the business really does lack the necessary consent to communicate with you, it probably lacks the consent even to email to ask you to give it that consent.

"In many cases the sender will be breaching another set of regulations, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which makes it an offence to email someone to ask them for consent to send them marketing by email."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Dirty Discourse
« Last post by katrina46 on Today at 02:07:50 AM »
Good call, because it's filled with erotica and steamy romance writers, and a lot of frank language about such things. If a single short sentence with the word anal in it as part of a humorous image was enough to put you off, you'd hate the place. The page did its job.
lol. Just in case the name Dirty Discourse went over someone's head they added on final, less subtle warning.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: amazon author review of his own book
« Last post by ShayneRutherford on Today at 01:44:07 AM »
It could be. Sometimes it would be. Often it isn't.

The review system is rife with underhand tactics.

A good chunk of KDP seems rife with underhanded tactics lately. But in this particular case, reviewing a fellow author is not against the TOS, according to those links that Pauline shared, so it doesn't really need to be a big deal unless authors are doing one-star drive-by's on their fellow authors.
Giving this a bump. Out there for those that like steampunk romance or would like to try it out.
Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by NapCat on Today at 01:32:13 AM »
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