That Damned Anonymous Panned My Book!

Much as I trust clearly attributable reviews, I agree with Pete’s review that to even try to stop anonymity for those that prefer or shelter behind it, even if it was really possible, would be a huge mistake. All true democracy and freedom of speech requires anonymity in voting.

Pete Morin

In the past week, there has been a great deal of exposure of a petition to Amazon seeking to remove anonymity from all Amazon book reviewers.  With a great deal of help from author Anne Rice’s nearly one million Facebook followers, the petition, initiated by one of Rice’s fans, has garnered over 5,000 signatures.

In the scheme of things, 5,000 is not a lot of signatures, but I am still baffled that this many people – I might assume many of them are authors and Rice fans – could put their names behind the mandate expressed in the petition.

Before we get to the petition itself, though, I want to point out a few things.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the Amazon forums, and perhaps out of morbid curiosity, followed and reviewed the history of many of the more egregious instances of author versus author, author versus…

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