Amazon Freaks Out About Sock Puppet Reviews And Deletes A Bunch Of Real Reviews
For a while now, there has been a bit of a kerfuffle at Amazon over so called "sock puppet reviews" or reviews purchased by an author to help pad their books' rankings. We hadn't been covering any of it because, frankly, it was a non-story. There never was a threat to the publishing industry and it was always questionable how widespread the problem really was.
Unfortunately, Amazon took these complaints a little too seriously.