Posted by: nancycurteman | May 17, 2012

How to Write a Book Review on Amazon

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Have you ever wanted to write a review of a book you really enjoyed but weren’t certain where and how to do it?  Amazon provides you an opportunity to do this even if you didn’t purchase the book from them. Reviews can have a big impact on book sales. Authors deeply appreciate the time and effort their readers put into writing reviews. Here are some points to consider when writing book reviews.

Do Amazon reviews actually affect a book’s sales?

Yes they do according to publishers and other authors. Here’s how:

• After about ten reviews, Amazon starts including the book in “also bought” and “you might like” lists. This increases the chances of someone finding the title.

• After several more reviews Amazon looks at the book for spotlight positions and the newsletter. This provides a HUGE hike in sales.

• The number of reviews may affect Amazon sales ranking.

• Some websites will not consider or promote a book unless it has a number of reviews on the Amazon page.

• Readers may read through reviews and decide to purchase or not purchase the book based on what they read.

How do you write a review?

The beautiful thing about Amazon reviews is that you don’t have to be a professional reviewer. You can click a star rating and then write a couple of sentences about the book. Reviews can be as simple as “This book was really good. I recommend it for a great summer read.” They can be as elaborate as you want.

Here are some ideas you might find useful:

•Say something you liked about the book. Things that you could focus on could include the plot, a particular scene, characters, how things changed during the course of the story, etc.

Here are some examples:

-I loved the scene where Grace meets Detective Ross in Marita’s apartment.

-Captain George is the kind of guy you love to hate.

-The ending was a complete surprise to me.

•If there was a moment or character that personally impacted you in some way, say so. Put yourself in the review. Authors love to know they made a personal connection with what they wrote.

Here are some examples:

– Mrs. Groat reminded me of my own grandmother.

-Maynard Christie is the kind of man I’d expect to see on an Australian sheep station.

-I learned a lot about Australia or life on a sheep station or Uluru.

•Words that describe the book.

It was good, it was fast-moving, it was full of twists and turns, lots of red herrings, kept me guessing.

•Talk about what you wanted to see more of or what needs improvement. Do you wish a character was in the book more? Were there a couple of sections that ran a bit slow? Say so.

Tips to remember:

•Don’t be afraid to be honest. Do remember to be helpful.

•Don’t give away the ending of the book. You can say “the ending surprised me”, but don’t reveal specific plot details.

The more personal and less technical your review, the better. Write a review as long or short as you want. Think of it as what you might tell people you know about this book.

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  1. Good thoughts, NC. I have done a few book reviews on Amazon . . . it’s easy and user friendly (allowing typos to be corrected). 😀


    • Amazon really encourages book reviews by making it so easy to do.


  2. Useful tips. Guess now I’ll have to review your OTHER books.


  3. Murder in Millbrook by Loren Schechter was a mystery story that holds your attention. It had believable characters ,
    including the cat. If your looking for a good read this is the one for you.


  4. I tried to leave a review on a book, but (as I understood it) could not, since I had not purchased anything through Amazon.


    • Hi Mike, Unless there’s been a change I don’t know about Amazon does allow reviews from people who have purchased books elsewhere. Here’s their standard:
      “If a review is not marked Amazon Verified Purchase, it doesn’t mean that the reviewer has no experience with the product – it just means we couldn’t verify that it had been purchased at Amazon. They may have purchased the item elsewhere or had some other interaction with it.”


      • That was very helpful, thank you for your response!


  5. […] “How to Write a Book Review on Amazon” by Nancy Curteman (Twitter) […]


  6. Nailed by lucia jordan . Loved the first book i got on kindle app.Need to get the rest of the series
    Cant wait


    • Thank you, Lucia. I hope you enjoy the rest of my series. You made my day.


  7. One thing that’s fun about writing Amazon reviews is that they serve as a record of what you’ve read and a vivid collection of your thoughts at the time. That’s the best part to me: going back and rereading how you felt just after finishing the book.


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