Oops. That Book Review’s Not Verified

verified review on amazon hook-881444_960_720Way, way back in September of 2013 I wrote an article about verified reviews. In the world of Indie publishing, especially where anything directly related to Amazon is concerned, three-and-a-half years is a lifetime. Much of what I wrote then is either no longer true or suspect. In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the changes and why you, I, or a random reader might care. (Or maybe not.)

At the time I suggested that the only reason someone might care about whether a review was verified was if they thought the review seemed questionable. Then the “verified” flag would indicate the reviewer had actually bought the book or other item from Amazon. For someone looking at reviews and trying to decide on a purchase, the verified flag might still not be that useful. I suspect some people who are more attuned to happenings regarding Amazon might be concerned about fake or paid reviews, and pay a little more attention. But if they’re aware of these issues, they’re probably aware that reviewers who were willing to write a glowing review for a price have options to make sure those reviews showed as verified purchase reviews anyway. Continue reading “Oops. That Book Review’s Not Verified”

Indie Reads – February 2017

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


paradise prison by faith mortimerParadise Prison by Faith Mortimer

“Hold on to your hats, Mortimer fans. You’ll be blown away by this one.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

Paradise Prison is available through Amazon.com.
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Indie Reads – January 2017

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


Wisdom of Fools 120x177Wisdom of Fools by Phil Harvey

“Harvey is a man who really understands the short form in fiction and uses it beautifully.”

Read the rest of the review by Judi Moore.

Wisdom of Fools is available through Amazon.com.
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Indie Reads – December 2016

Indies Unlimited does not review books, but we do have a couple of renowned reviewers on staff. We thought a great way to celebrate indie writing would be to ask those reviewers for their top indie picks of the month. Here are this month’s top picks from our experts:


The Lonely Mile 120x177The Lonely Mile by Allan Leverone

“Brilliantly executed, well written with strong, solid, well-developed characters.”

Read the rest of the review by Cathy Speight.

The Lonely Mile is available through Amazon.com.
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