Henry V – William Shakespeare

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”


Don’t throw out the baby! Why #Amazon doesn’t want your #BookReviews

I review books cos I love them, and like to do my little bit to keep the love of reading alive. I was an Affiliate, thinking to give authors more places for their books to be shown and bought. I give fair and honest reviews, without wanting ANY monetary of financial inducement. This Amazon policy disgusts me, and I’ve revoked my Amazon Affiliate status. I’ll continue to review, and hopefully you will continue to enjoy the reviews, but won’t be back to posting to Amazon until this changes.

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Barb Taub

An open letter to Amazon:

Dear Amazon,

I should be your Holy Grail. I’m the real deal, an actual reader who goes through books carefully, thinks about what they mean and how they’re written, and then writes a considered, thoughtful, and hopefully helpful analysis—in other words, I’m a book reviewer.

Writers, potential customers, publishers, and oh yes—you, Amazon—should be jumping for joy and giving thanks that I’ve taken hours to read and yet more hours to craft reviews for hundreds of books. Instead, Amazon, you’ve decided to punish reviewers like me.

In the name of discouraging “fake” reviews, your new policy requires reviewers like me to spend $50 on Amazon’s US site and even more, £40 on Amazon UK before I can share my review. Have you thought about other solutions, or the effect this will have on legitimate reviewers?

Amazon has figured out how to conduct millions of legitimate…

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A Tokyo Romance – Ian Buruma

This is a memoir, by the editor of the New York Review of Books, which takes us largely to his life in Japan, between 1975 and 1981. Summary A restless, bored, middle-class youth in the Netherlands, Buruma felt that he never fit in to his own society, that he was always on the fringes, the … Continue reading A Tokyo Romance – Ian Buruma