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Old 12-09-2012, 11:32 AM   #56
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Rather than remove such reviews, I would prefer see an information/disclosure type system. Amazon could, in theory, place a script on their webite saying something like "this Author 'A' has reviewd x number of books from Author 'B' " and Author 'B' has, in return, reviewed Author 'A' y number of times. It could also encourage explanations of such reviews. There are authors whose work in the same field, (e.g. the sciences) will almost guarantee that, at some point, they will want to review each other's books. Maybe Amazon could institue a system that would only allow these reviews if an explanation and disclamer were attached? Readers could complain if the explanations weren't satisfactory and, if a certain complaint threshold is reached, then the star rating could be removed until reviewed by Amazon.
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