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chrisc2116

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Reviews on different sites - why don't Amazon join them?
Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:48 AM
 
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Hi there,
first post so be gentle please.
I have written a fictional WW3 history book that is presently selling very well on amazon.com. Perversely, less so in my native UK on .co.uk.
I have good 5* feedback on the .com site, less on the uk site.
Surely it would profit Amazon as well as myself to link the feedback across the various sites, so that purchasers on the other sites get to see opinions from across the spectrum.
Is there some reason why Amazon don't do this?
I understand the cheque issue with .com sales, as that makes Amazon even more money and UK authors cannot really vote with their feet not that I agree with it of course but this one puzzles me a lot.
Any ideas you authors, or even answers Amazon?
happy writing everyone.

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fantasybooks

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Re: Reviews on different sites - why don't Amazon join them?
Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:01 AM   in response to: chrisc2116 in response to: chrisc2116
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They already do this, but there is a hurdle your book has to jump. Some of my books in the UK have .com reviews listed low on the page, some don't. I "think" you have to get a certain number of reviews on both sites or maybe its popularity in sales. i really don't know.
benarroch

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Re: Reviews on different sites - why don't Amazon join them?
Posted: Jun 23, 2012 11:42 PM   in response to: chrisc2116 in response to: chrisc2116
 
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just check if your sales show by buying your own book, If you have already bought it delete from the kindle board and buy it again. Then check immediately if your sale shows, it should show immediately. Each time I have done this check I saw the sale immediately. Don't count on people telling you they bought your books, people have too many reasons to lie, or if they do tell you they bough the book tell them to forward the email of their receipt.

Yes, sometimes the system is a bit low and the sale does not show immediately, it happens, but even in that case you should see your purchase and a sale in your dashboard in a few hours. It makes sense to do this from time to time with any POD publisher, Kindle or other seller. Just to feel more comfortable. So far I have never seen a problem.

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hardwarehero

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Re: Reviews on different sites - why don't Amazon join them?
Posted: Jun 24, 2012 2:20 AM   in response to: chrisc2116 in response to: chrisc2116
 
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Being here for some time I remember having seen multiple threads on this issue. As to my best knowledge the sites don't interact because - for tax reasons - Amazon's sites are legally completely independent venues. If they would exchange informations their system could be in danger and this could be costly. But this is maybe also just a rumour and the simple reason is that they just are not able to do it, who knows. I also read that contacting KDP support was helpful sometimes. Best, Juergen from ebook-translations.de.
jjk001

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Re: Reviews on different sites - why don't Amazon join them?
Posted: Jul 11, 2012 7:00 AM   in response to: chrisc2116 in response to: chrisc2116
 
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I think they do this now. I have a 5-star review on amazon.com for [i]Trying Miss Lovelace[/i] and that appears on the amazon.co.uk page for the book too, just lower down. It's definitely the same review.
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