Today, I logged into my Amazon to post a review for a book. When I proceeded to do so, I was suddenly rerouted to a new page telling me that I am now blocked from reviewing…
I am clueless as to why this. I haven’t violated any rules (I checked), and I have no personal relationships with any authors. I have reviewed books that were sent to me (for free, in exchange for my review), but this is done literally all of the time by other reviewers as well, so why would it now be a problem?
I’ve been looking into this practically all morning because Amazon reviews mean a lot to authors (especially indies) and it doesn’t make much sense to me why all of my past reviews have been completely deleted. This is much more of an inconvenience to authors trying to sell their books than it is to me, and I realize that Amazon doesn’t want fake or bias reviews, but I do neither of those things and find this entire thing to be wildly unfair to authors and to fellow reviewers.
Basically, I just wanted to know if anyone else has had this issue? I am considering just creating a new Amazon account altogether and starting over (even though I would have to post my reviews over a broader time span because I know mass reviewing can get you flagged, too). BUT to review books, you have to have spent at least $50 on your Amazon account, which would mean I’d be pointlessly buying $50 worth of new books that I definitely don’t need to add to my “to be read” pile.
If anyone knows anything about any of this, or has dealt with the same issue, is there anyway to get unblocked from reviews? Or any way to fix this problem literally at all…lol.
Thanks to anyone who can help! xx