Monday, January 22, 2007

Buying Favorable Reviews on Amazon

According to a story on , you can not only pay to get a book self-published at, but, amazingly, you can also pay for a review "by a New York Times Bestselling Author"!

The Amazon BookSurge site says: "A book recommendation from a trusted and respected source is a powerful marketing tool that can make the difference between a buyer placing your book in their shopping cart or moving along to the next item." No kidding. How do you get something like this? Maybe by writing a good book? Nope. Pay $399 to "Give your book instant credibility and attention with a book review by New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Tanner Marsh."

For the Slate story, Raves for Sale, click here.