Amazon Prime – Is it Worth My Time?

Yesterday, I wrote about the need for book reviews and how important it is for authors to find reviewers for their books. I have been trying to buy one or two books a month to help support my fellow writers. Sometimes I can do this, other times I can’t.

I know the reviews of books that have been bought are the reviews that potential readers see first. The last time I read Amazon’s review rules, it said that authors can have 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week. I have added the quotes below:

Here are some quotes from the Amazon site:

“Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”

Additional Guidelines for Customer Reviews

“The following guidelines apply to Customer Reviews in addition to the other guidelines set forth above:

If your review is removed or rejected because it does not comply with our guidelines concerning promotional content, you may not resubmit a review on the same product, even if the resubmitted review includes different content.

Reviews may only include URLs or links to other products sold on Amazon.

Customers in the same household may not post multiple reviews of the same product.

Customers can submit 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week. Non-Amazon Verified Purchase review counts are calculated each week from Sunday at 12:00 am GMT through Saturday 11:59 pm GMT. This policy does not apply to Vine reviews or reviews on digital and physical books, music, and video.

When we find unusually high numbers of reviews for a product posted in a short period of time, we may restrict the number of non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews on that product.

To learn more about Amazon Verified Purchase views refer to About Amazon Verified Purchase Reviews.”

Now, I have some questions, and if you know the answers point me in the right direction… I have been thinking about getting an Amazon Prime membership so that I can buy books for reviews and stream music to my Alexa device.

It is my understanding that an author is paid royalties by the number of pages read when the book is bought from Prime. If that is incorrect, please explain to me how this works. I only want to get Prime if the author is not hurt from the program. Obviously, I will read the entire book (good or bad).

The subscription is $99 per year, and I could buy all the books I wanted. Here’s the rub… Will my reviews be considered an Amazon Verified Purchase? If they are NOT, I see no reason to buy the Prime subscription.