Amazon Stops Selling Book On How To Game Amazon

from the free-speech-for-all...-except-if-we-don't-like-it dept

Remember Amazon's recent statement that:
"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable."
The company quickly proved that wasn't the case and went back on its word with that book, and since then has taken down a number of other books it decided were objectionable. Apparently, one of the latest books it finds objectionable is one that explains how to game Amazon's ratings system. A guy, who figured out how to game the system that rates the popularity of Kindle books, wrote an ebook about his experience gaming Amazon's Kindle ratings. It was up for a while, until people started writing about it.. and then suddenly it disappeared. Apparently, Amazon's views on "censorship" are not quite as principled as the company made them out to be.


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    The eejit (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 3:43pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!

    OH boy, this is just too funny! Amazon, Bastion of Free Speech(c), caugtht censoring negative stuff about them, just one month after defending a guidebook for paedophilia, then censoring Wikileaks?

    Warms the cockles of my heart, that does.

     

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    Kurata, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:03pm

    While I don't agree with Amazon's doing, wouldn't this be a breach with their ToS, to fake reviews and ratings?

     

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      ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:28pm

      Re:

      Maybe someone else was selling a very similar book on how to game Amazon, and they wanted to avoid legal difficulties?

       

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      Designerfx (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:57pm

      Re:

      who's faking reviews and ratings?

      the book is a how to, it doesn't mean they're faking reviews and ratings by posting it.

       

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        Oliver Wendell Jones, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 5:10pm

        Re: Re:

        The original story about this 'book' talked about how the author specifically was creating bogus Amazon accounts specifically to buy and review his own book in order to increase it's popularity.

         

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    TSO, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:33pm

    Mmm... free advertisement for the book on how to game Amazon's ratings system, brought to you by Streisand effect. Good job, Amazon!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:36pm

    It's only censorship...

    when someone else does it. Kind of also like, "it's only torture when someone else does it."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:40pm

    Oh, is that all?

    As I understood it, post-embarrassment censorship was officially considered fair play now. All the big names are doing it.

     

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    hmm, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 4:46pm

    I didn't know

    I didn't know this book existed, but I guess I do now.

    OK, off to find someone selling it!!!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 7:36pm

    Good idea: Read the book to learn how the gaming is done, and then improve your systems to render the book's techniques obsolete.

    Bad idea: Delete the book from your store and hope the information in it just goes away.

     

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    Pixelation, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 10:34pm

    Answer

    ...but this one goes to eleven.

     

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    starralex76, Jan 12th, 2011 @ 12:50am

    ha

    I don't care about it. I never order a books trough the Amazon. Only CD/DVDs ;)

     

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    Andrew Foster (profile), Jan 12th, 2011 @ 2:15am

    Amazon is still selling the book...

    Not sure if they've decided to reinstate it after the fuss, or if reports of it getting removed were just wrong in the first place, but the book definitely seems to be still, or back, on sale at Amazon...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Day-the-Kindle-Died/dp/B004EYUICI/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 12th, 2011 @ 5:04am

    For a company bending over backwards for the US gov, didn't you expect them to be two-faced? Are any of you really surprised? Seriously?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 12th, 2011 @ 7:04am

    Amazon on the s**t list.
    I am proud to say I bought nothing from Amazon last year.

     

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    Janie Smith (profile), Jan 12th, 2011 @ 7:59pm

    Big cry babies

    I can hear weeping and wailing to violins playing in the distance.

    It's one rule for them, and another rule for "WE" the managment is it? Whatever way you look at it, it still comes off as Amazon having a giant dose of sour grapes...Cry me a river..Sob sob...Barf!!!

    Though it maybe of little worry to Amazon, I'm proud to say that I no longer buy from them, and at least ten of my friends have decided to ditch them too.

    This is what happens when you bend over and take it from the man, and Amazon are now left wondering many of us won't support them?

     

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    Timmy, Jan 13th, 2011 @ 12:01am

    Not sure it's true

    Amazon.com is selling it. It's here. Ironically, it only has 1.5 stars rating. Either the author's gaming method is ineffective, or Amazon is counter-gaming.

     

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    AplusTermPaper.com, Feb 15th, 2011 @ 5:41am

    re

    Do you really think Amazon will suffer after that? I think it will be all right and any advertising is good.

     

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