Quote Originally Posted by davidjgalloway View Post
What are the odds Amazon's next entry will be a "review booster" package of its own?
And now they have. The latest Amazon Update announced at the beginning of this month: "Today, we updated the community guidelines to prohibit incentivized reviews unless they are facilitated through the Amazon Vine program."

It does go on to say: "The above changes will apply to product categories other than books. We will continue to allow the age-old practice of providing advance review copies of books."

However, the language required appears to have changed. The new standard will likely be "I received a free copy of the book from the publisher/author." Period. No mention of 'in exchange for an honest review." No mention of any obligation at all.

Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack View Post
If you pay the site to run the competition to get the reviews, you are paying for the reviews. Indirectly, but you're still paying. It's like paying an employment agency to provide secretarial services: you're still paying for the secretarial services.
And for Review Blog Tours... you pay for the person to organize the blog tour, but the reviewers aren't getting paid and you aren't having direct contact with them. Still, I've seen Amazon yank those reviews in the past.