Amazon has been monitoring and deleting reviews after Hillary Clinton´s new book was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released. What Happened, which covers the former Secretary of State´s unsuccessful election campaign against Donald Trump, was published on Tuesday. Clinton and her publisher Simon & Schuster claimed the book would offer a candid account of her failure and her own reflection on it. Reviews of What Happened have been mixed, with some suggesting it Clinton uses it as an opportunity to blame others – such as Bernie Sanders and Vladimir Putin – for her failure, rather than herself.
They did the same thing for Megyn Kelly´s book. Jeff Bezos is just applying all the Fake News expertise he has developed from his ego bauble the Washington comPost, to make sure that Les Deplorables -- i.e., those he thinks are beneath him, about 99.999999% of the population -- remain ignorant of the truth and thus easily manipulated. Break up Amazon -- into little tiny pieces.
I maintain a ´schiff´ list of of companies I refuse to do business with. Kohl´s, Target, Starbucks, are included on that list, but Amazon is at the top. Bozo Bezos is caught up with his own brand of Hate America, and I refuse to sustain him in any way.
The five star reviews are hilarious. You´d think the book came with a packet of Kool-aid. More effuse language you will never hear. It´s like love letter after love letter probably written by a hired boiler room operation in India for 6 cents apiece. They are really really funny.
I took a look at the first few reviews this morning - 5 were glowing and one referred to it as the worst toilet paper on the market. I figured then that the reviews were being edited. Bezos learned his lesson when the reviews of Illary and Kaine´s campaign book last summer were hilariously brutal.
Amazon is nothing more than a reincarnation of Sears, Spiegel, JC Penny and other mail order has Beens with a little bit of technology applied. We-Mart, Target, and many other retailers are not going to just roll over. The impersonallity of dealing with Amazon will eventually run its course and the buying public will find the personal service of retail is a welcome experience. People by nature want to be around people. And that is an undeniable truth of life as well as the reason thAt I have never bought anything off of Amazon nor will I ever
I have to give Amazon a break. There are so many things available there that just aren´t in the brick and mortar stores. You can order it and wait weeks at your local store or have it delivered the next day via Amazon Prime (and get access to their streaming library).
Bezos is just another corrupt Democrat -- a rich one but nonetheless an unethical corrupt one. This is worse than Soviet propaganda since it is being done by private citizens who try to foster an image of being unbiased but who are extreme partisans. At least with the Soviet propaganda, you knew it was the government talking.
If Hillary! keeps insisting she is relevant by continually forcing her big butt and ugly face on the general public, then it´s time to open several very serious investigations into her past illegal behavior. Let her use some ... a lot! ... of her ill-gained money to defend herself. Wonder how much she would enjoy the spotlight then.
Although Amazon lists it as #6 on Kindle eBooks they don´t list the number of copies sold, either in hardcover or on Kindle. Another source says:
"Said the source about the Clinton book which reportedly had an initial print run of one million copies: “Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster]. Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster. They sold 60,000 hard covers first week and 24,000 ebooks. The publishing house was ‘hoping and praying for 150,000 print first week.’ They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime. It’s a bomb but it will be interesting to see how they spin it.””
Well, if her book bombs as it looks like it will she can begin her "What Happened to My Book Sales" tour. All she needs to decide is who to blame and what to charge the gullible who still want to listen.
I don´t have a problem with Amazon deleting reviews from people who didn´t buy the book from them. It is their website, and if they want to limit it to people who purchased the book from them so be it. Book reviews are supposed to to written by people who´ve read the book (or at least tried to read it), not people who despise the author and want to vent. For the record, I´ve panned books that I bought from them, and they´ve always left my one and two star ratings intact.
Unfortunately for conservatives, Amazon is still the best at what they do - business wise. Walmart and a few others are trying to compete, but their customer service often leaves much to be desired (depends on local store management). I live in a rural area away from the city, and hope that I can switch to a real competitor, but right now see none.
I´m guessing Simon & Schuster has a conservative subsidary that will publish a book by a decent conservative author (Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, etc.) that will cover the loss on the Hillary book and its multi-million dollar advance to Hillary.
Some people may call that a payoff. And I´d be one of those people.
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rock n robin, 9/12/2017 10:58:48 PM (No. 11381579)
I am not sure if I understand #10 correctly, but I like the idea of writing one star reviews and deliberately falsely giving them five star ratings. Or even, random intermediate numbers. It would throw a monkey wrench into Amazon´s censorship machinations.
I know one thing, if I had stock in Simon & Shuster..if they have stockholders..I would be royally..PI---d.for wasting all that money.. and aren´t they the ones that gave Comey a couple of million for his book..another stupid move..jumped the gun on that one..but then again..if he goes to Levenworth..it may make for a best seller..
I can sort of understand if they´re deleting 1-star reviews that are not verified purchases, which are just people gratuitously editorializing, but if they´re deleting all 1-star reviews regardless, that´s just plain censorship. Amazon itself marked it down to 40 percent off before it even came out, so that speaks volumes right there.
Although this is deliciously funny in a Deplorable way, I still can’t believe anyone in the Clinton machine or even at S&S did not say, “Whoa! This is a disaster!” Or, perhaps they are all so sick of her they let this bunch of sour grapes go public in an assisted suicide effort.
Either way, the court of public opinion is going to be harsh and swift. I doubt her “book tour” will last through all 15 cities. It gets expensive to rent an audience, let alone the logistics, doing it a dozen times in two months. I also doubt she has the stamina. This is a more ambitious schedule than she kept when she was supposedly campaigning for the presidency. Its rather poetic in a way; last year’s campaign focused on presenting the fake Hillary!, and this year she wants everyone to know the real Her!. She could not have given President Trump a greater gift. The court of public opinion will try Mrs. Clinton and the verdict will be, “Lock her up!”
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