Amazon has two policies that impact on readers’ ability to post reviews. And reviews sell books.
First, the various national Amazon sites are fractured. Posting a review on your home Amazon will not make it visible on any other. So, if you’re an American, your voice will not influence British or Indian or Japanese potential buyers. Incidentally, India is a huge market for English-language writing.
If you attempt to purchase anything from Amazon on a site other than your national site, you’ll be redirected. Being Australian, I am told to buy from amazon.com.au.
In any case, it would be more expensive, and take longer for delivery, to buy from anywhere else.
So, if I want to have my review be of service to, say, American potential readers, I need to post it on amazon.com.
But… second, Amazon has a relatively new policy. You can only post a review on any of their sites if you have spent $50 within the past 12 months, ON THAT SITE.
So, wherever you live, you can only post a review on your country’s Amazon.
This disadvantages the writer and publisher of that book, it disadvantages people considering buying a book — and it disadvantages Amazon, because reviews sell books.
This policy is based on greed: trying to force people to buy on Amazon. It is stupid, with the implications not worked out.
My reaction is that if I can possibly buy anything elsewhere I will NOT BUY IT AT AMAZON. I don’t like being pushed. I hope your reaction will be the same.
But also, everyone in the book trade, from the huge publishers to occasional readers, should protest to Amazon, by any means available, and get them to change their method of operation.
They should remove this money-spending requirement, which is actually hurtful to them.
And they should have a review posted on any Amazon site automatically appear on all other pages for that product, everywhere.
Please support me in this, because it affects us all.
Amazon make complaints as difficult as they can. You need to click on “Help” at the bottom of a page.
Work your way to “Contact Amazon.”
This is the link I tracked down.
Use “Click here if your issue is not related to an order.”
Choose “2. tell us more about your issue.”
Ignore the offered options, and click “More non-order questions.”
Each time I do this, the exact details are different, but I keep choosing “more non-order questions.”
Then at last, choose “email or chat.”