Link of the Week – Kindle and Clickfarms, WTH?

Clickfarm employee

I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. As a consumer, I love the ease of shopping with them. As an author, I am in no way happy with their changing book-selling landscape, their elusive algorithms, the near impossible discoverability on their search engines, and how difficult it is to make sure I’m getting paid correctly. I’m very much aware of pirate sites and scammers hanging around on Amazon and stealing MY money. And I am aware Kindle Unlimited is flawed. But I had no idea just HOW flawed. I have been apparently (and blissfully) clueless of scammers that are also authors. Clueless of clickfarms. Clueless of the unethical manipulations of popular Amazon lists—the coveted lists that also help spread author names and titles to more Amazon readers. This not only affects hard-working (starving) authors, it affects readers, too. So why isn’t Amazon doing anything about it?

Read more (in detail) here on this post by David Gaughran and what we can do to make changes (she says with only a shred of hope).

2 Responses to Link of the Week – Kindle and Clickfarms, WTH?

  1. Sarah Andre says:

    I’d be interested if anyone spoke to the Amazon or KU representatives at conference about this. They seemed to be very quick and defensive when laying out their products (“questions at the end”…”Oh, we’re out of time.”) I did not go to the one-on-one office hours because the line was out the door.


    • jbrayweber says:

      I didn’t get a chance to stop by, either. But from my experience, when you do corner them with a hot topic, the reps hem and haw and then say that my questions are above their pay grade.


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