Amazon is Merging Book Reviews From Its International Sites Into Amazon.com

Amazon is Merging Book Reviews From Its International Sites Into Amazon.com Amazon

For the longest time Amazon has kept the book reviews on its various websites in separate silos, but now the retailer is copying review from one site to another.

Anthony Wessel, owner and oeprator of the ebook deals site Digital Book Today, confirmed something I had been hearing from authors for a few days now. Book reviews posted on Amazon's UK and Canadian websites are now showing up on Amazon.com. (There's no word yet on whether reviews from Amazon Australia were also impacted).

The Canadian and UK reviews are now listed on Amazon.com under the section "Top International Reviews", and the ratings left by reviewers are factored into each book's overall star rating.

Judging by reports from KBoards, it would appear Amazon is still working out the bugs. Not all books are showing international reviews, and I am told the old review counts are still being shown on series lists and the also-bought section.

While I am seeing only reviews from the UK and Canada, what I found especially interesting was that there's an option to "Translate all reviews to English". Clearly Amazon is planning to integrate all book reviews from all of its sites.  Given the limitations of translation software, this plan is doomed, but it's going to be fun to read the gibberish generated by Amazon's auto-translators.

Have you spotted any new reviews yet?

 

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

6 Comments

  1. Name19 December, 2019

    Amazon had reviews from amazon.com show up on amazon.de for a long time already, and if I’m mot wrong, also on amazon.co.uk. There were not merged with the regional ones though, but marked as originating from amazon.com.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder19 December, 2019

      Thanks for the clarification about Amazon.de. I did not know that, but I can tell you that people are saying over at KBoards that the UK integration is new.

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  2. Jim Heskett19 December, 2019

    I really hope they’re not planning on integrating Goodreads reviews

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  3. Lindsay Buroker19 December, 2019

    From what I saw, the .com reviews would show up on the international stores until local reviews went up, and then they would disappear, so this is definitely something different.

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  4. Xavier Basora21 December, 2019

    Nate

    Good news. A lot of American authours asked me if the Amazon Canada reviews showed up. They were disappointed at first when I said no.

    Translating non English reviews is really counterproductive. There are many books I can’t buy due to geographical restrictions. So what’s the point?

    xavier

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  5. […] is copying reviews from its UK & Canada sites to display on the US […]

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