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This isn't the first time I've heard this. In two different books on how to promote your Kindle titles, I've now read that Amazon is alternatively flat out prohibiting gifting a book to a reviewer (regardless), or saying it's ok as long as the book is the only "compensation" for the review (and that it's disclosed in the review, obviously, which is a whole 'nother discussion)I've heard Amazon is frowning these days on reviews for books gifted through their store and tends to delete them.
Then there's this, from Amazon's help page:
Uh huh, and then:Yes, you are welcome to gift your book to as many people as you would like. In fact, this can be useful as you try to raise awareness of your title.
Now my company works very VERY hard to get reviews for our books. Must we now ask reviewers to buy the book in order to review it (to avoid any appearance of unbiased-ness)? Or must we alternatively send them a .mobi file? Aren't there rules regarding free distribution as well?You may not write reviews for products that you have a financial interest in, including reviews for products that you or your competitors sell. Additionally, you may not provide compensation for a review other than a free copy of the product. If you offer a free product, it must be clear that you are soliciting an unbiased review. The free product must be provided in advance; no refunds are permitted after the review is written. Product review solicitations that ask for only positive reviews or that offer compensation are prohibited.
Shall we abandon the entire idea of soliciting reviews? Wouldn't this have a rather undesirable effect on the nascent (but fast-growing) web-book-reviews media? How many hard-won, honest, positive reviews must we risk for each new title?
Will it just be the case in the future that we upload our books to Amazon KDP and speak no more of them?
Has Amazon clarified this policy?