Thursday, November 29, 2007

Is #11 TaylorX deleting and reposting his reviews to get rid of unwanted comments?

See for yourself, and when you click on the see comments section you get the Amazon can't find this page, which is what happens when a review with comments has been deleted. This topic has just been raised on the discussion boards. Of course, that doesn't appear to be a problem with the review comments that are flattering to him :-)

As a refresher on this, pick any old review of yours and post a comment. Delete the review and repost it. When you look at all your reviews it will still be in the same date, but with the comment gone. However, if you change the option under reviews to see by newest comment first, you'll see that old review still there showing a comment. Click on that you should get that lost page message from Amazon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Kindle from Amazon

What do you think of it? Have you tried another ebook reader? Share your experiences, please.

Here's Bezos talking with Charlie Rose.

Friday, November 23, 2007

We got mail!

Guess who this is (you know him). Let me help: it's one of our Friends Top Reviewers. Make sure to guess yourself, do NOT go here to find out.
We thank our correspondent for the pointer.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Famous # 7 Reviewer Grady Harp has recently begun submitting a much larger than usual number of reviews on a daily basis, and these have been greeted by a much larger than usual number of helpful votes, nowadays generally over 100 each. What will he do , after inching his way by questionable means toward the questionable top, if he finds himself unable finally to dislodge the incomparable Harriet from her throne? Will he sit upon the ground and weep that there are no more Top Reviewers to conquer?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Familiar Entry in the Break Through Novel Awards Contest

Amongst the recent excerpts from my reading list I came across a familiar title. I think we've seen this author and his book mentioned occasionally in the reviewer comment sections. Book title, TerrO.R.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Harriet Klausner Review on Amazon UK

I had heard HK used to write reviews on Amazon UK, but this is the first I've ever seen. Too funny, I was looking at the one and only review and as I'm reading I'm thinking my this style seems familiar--spoilers and all --and there at the bottom of the review is her signature. See for yourself,

BTW, Amazon UK now has review comments. Your email and password works the same as at Amazon US.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Grady Harp on Powell's Books

Our friend No.7 Top Reviewer — I'm talking about Maestro Harp, of course — appears to be running a syndicated show, just like Harriet Klausner.

PS. Unrelated (though who is to say?): The Art of the Book Review, an Interview with Grady Harp. Study this.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Amazon Break Through Novel Award

I thought I'd update you on how this is going for me. I received an invite to be one of the reviewers (as posted earlier), and I said I could do two a week. I have a link I go to and log in and there will sit my items to download and review. They are usually about 10 pages, in MS Word. So far there have been a couple of promising ones, and two real turkeys. The rest are (at least for me) just mediocre. I usually don't read contemporary fiction, and thrillers and scifi are not even in the picture for me, but I put a note on my review that I don't read those genres to be fair to the author.

It's really hard to judge where a story is going if you don't know if it's SF, Romance, a thriller, etc. The first time they sent my a spreadsheet that gave a brief description of the book and that helped me immensely, but I haven't received any updates.

From what I recall from the website, after these preliminaries are through there will be selections made for the final review process and then winner(s) chosen. So far it's been an interesting experience and I'm glad I was able to participate.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

New Amazon Video Reviews

  1. Has anyone seen one yet? If so, can you point me in that direction?
  2. WOW! I got an email from Amazon offering a FREE flip video camcorder (I'm sure I'm not the only one who got that email), I don't even have to pay freight! It looks like they want to encourage more reviews.

Not sure if I want to put myself on camera to the world yet, can't quite imagine a book review on video. I think krossd could do much better than I could :-)