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Subject: Book tags and Amazon
Date Posted: 2/13/2010 1:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
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This is too fun not to share, just stumbled across this at Goodreads, http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/276733-support-gr-authors-eg-amazon-tagging?comment_id=13423484. You tag my book I'll tag yours. Reminds me of the thread I found somewhere on Amazon where authors were swapping reviews. Although as far as tagging goes, this is still my #1 tops can't believe he's got the chutzpah to do it,

http://www.amazon.com/gp/tagging/customer-tags/A2S7JXMKPTHLBL/ref=cm_pdp_istc_sa

Can you guess who it is?

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 1:43 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
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So, Cathy, help me in my ignorance. RE: All those books tagged James Conroyd Martin and/or Push Not the River (which is his book): how does that help him? I don't understand how tagging the Thornbirds w/ his name does him any good ...

I don't follow the amazon forums, but Linda does & she keeps me up to date with all the authors' goings-on ... some of it gets a little vicious as well as downright silly ...

And, it's "A's" tags. Is "A" actually James Conroyd Martin?

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 2:35 PM ET
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Kelly, I don't understand tags 100% but they do have an affect on all those books that pop up when you're on another book's Amazon page and that's how I first came across these tags. Every HF book I has looking at added the if you like this you might like this and there were his books. I even found them being recommended when looking at the product page for an old 1950 VCR tape of My Cousin Rachel. Example here, http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Burton-Triple-Feature/dp/B00007JZWJ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1266088999&sr=1-2

As far as the Amazon forums I rarely go there. It's mostly buy my book promos instead of actual helpful posts.

Yes, "A" is the author (you can tell from his profile page email and wish list. That's how I came across the tags in the first place. He writes lame 2-3 sentence quickie reviews and then signs off as author of with a hyperlink to his book. I thought Amazon had stopped this but it still goes on. It's all pretty tame to some of the other shenanigans I've seen in the last couple of years but they still try.  I'm waiting to see someone top Candace Sams though ;)

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 4:21 PM ET
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I think it helps to promote the author's book in the recommends section every time someone searches on, say, The Thornbirds. It's gaming the system.

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:08 PM ET
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Well. It's a mess & it's pretty much spoiled my appreciation for amazon. I still go there; I still read the reviews & the member's lists, etc., but with the grapevine (do I have that right?) reviewer program, I've become a little jaded.

In my most humble opinion, amazon needs to get a handle on this or they will eventually lose all credibility and become just another storefront. A little sad. The Amazon reviews used to be a primary source of information on what 'real' people thought about a book, but not so much anymore ...

I now look for information about a prospective book or a new author on this site and on historicalfictiononline.com, and increasingly less from amazon.

Kelly