How to Get More Reviews for Your Kindle eBook
By Stephen Bucaro
One of the most important thing contributing to sales of a Kindle eBook is its reviews.
People assume that if an eBook has no reviews, it's because nobody is interested in reading
it. On the other hand, if an eBook has a large number of reviews, even if some of the reviews
are bad, people assume the eBook is worth reading.
The first thing we need to do is discus amazon's terms of service related to reviews,
which can be found at the link below:
Here's a summary:
• ... we do not permit artists, authors, developers, manufacturers, publishers,
sellers or vendors to write Customer Reviews for their own products or services, to post negative
reviews on competing products or services, or to vote on the helpfulness of reviews.
• ... family members or close friends of the person, group, or company selling
on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews for those particular items.
• We do not permit reviews or votes on the helpfulness of reviews that are
posted in exchange for compensation of any kind, including payment (whether in the form of
money or gift certificates), bonus content, entry to a contest or sweepstakes, discounts on
future purchases, extra product, or other gifts.
Amazon's Terms Go On to say:
"The sole exception to this rule is when a free or discounted copy of a physical product
is provided to a customer up front. In this case, if you offer a free or discounted product
in exchange for a review, you must clearly state that you welcome both positive and negative
feedback. If you receive a free or discounted product in exchange for your review, you must
clearly and conspicuously disclose that fact."
The problem with taking advantage of the above clause is that you don't get a "Verified
Purchase" review unless the person giving the review actually purchases your eBook.
The Best Way to Get More Reviews
You can ask for reviews right in your amazon online Book Description, but to be in compliance
with amazon's terms of service related to reviews you have to state it similar to this:
"I would appreciate any reviews of this book. I welcome both positive and negative feedback."
You can ask for reviews in your eBooks Introduction, again stating it similar to the
above in order to be in compliance with amazon's terms of service.
Other Ways to Get Reviews
You can ask family and friends to review your eBook, but as stated above, this is strictly
against amazon's terms of service and if discovered your account could be terminated. To get
a "Verified Purchase" review, you'll need to give that family member or friend the money to
buy your eBook.
There are websites that will provide reviews. The site kindlebookreview.net will provide
one free review if you upload a free copy of your eBook to their website. This seems to comply
with amazon's terms, however after the one free review you have to start paying, which does
not comply with amazon's terms.
There are loads of people on fiverr.com that will review your eBook for $5. Most will
actually purchase your eBook on amazon and give you a "Verified Purchase" review (however it
will cost more depending upon the price of your eBook). However, this is strictly against
amazon's terms of service and if discovered your account could be terminated.
The best way to get more reviews for your Kindle eBook is to ask for them in your amazon
online Book Description and in your eBooks Introduction, but be sure to do it in a way that
is in compliance with amazon's terms of service.