Strange things are afoot at Amazon. I woke up this morning to 39 brand new reviews for The Runaway Train. Excited, I poured myself a cup of coffee and began to read them. That’s when I noticed something rather strange about the reviews. The titles of them were a dead giveaway that something was up. With titles like ‘A lovely wax heater’ and ‘Love that it has a temperature control dial’ filling the page, I panicked.
Did someone hack into my reviews?
The Runaway Train is supposed to have 33 reviews – NOT 72 reviews. Curious, I hit up KBoards for a little advice:
Woke up this morning to find that my book, The Runaway Train, accumulated 39 reviews over night. After reading the new reviews, I discovered they’re for the wrong product entirely. Checked my sales on KDP, and everything seems normal. I fired off an email to support, and am hoping Amazon won’t remove the book. Has this happened to anyone else on here before?
Oh, the new reviews seem to be for some sort of hot wax product. Very strange. 😮
Turns out that I’m not the only one this has happened to recently. Other authors are experiencing the same sort of ‘glitch’ that is combining product reviews, but it seems like Amazon is correcting the issue when notified. Speculation ensued about the Amazon strike in Italy and Germany, but one poster on KBoards suggested that it was a glitch combining paperbacks with random products.
With this in mind, I decided to check the paperback page for The Runaway Train. The page itself is quite messed up. The book description has vanished, and the page states that the author of the book is Lantique. When I clicked on the Lantique ‘author name’ it directed me to an amazon page featuring a hot wax product for sale. I’ve tried emailing Amazon, but haven’t heard a response yet. I’ve also attempted to call them on the phone, but they aren’t open on the weekends.
So, if any of you decide to download The Runaway Train within the next couple of days, please rest assured that the reviews are not representative of the book itself. They are not fake reviews, it has nothing to do with me at all, it’s simply a glitch on Amazon.
With this in mind, I’ve decided to have a little fun at the glitch’s expense. One example would be this tweet https://twitter.com/emberian/status/934529660062437376 Nothing like a hair raising mystery before a wax!