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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    One of the features of Amazon Prime that I really like is the Prime Reading Library. Since I seldom watch television programs or movies, reading in the evenings is usually my entertainment for the day.
    I much prefer reading on the Kindle than reading a regular paper book, so I am always looking for free books to read that I am interested in, either for learning about something in particular, or just to relax and enjoy the story.
    Prime Reading is part of the Amazon Prime package (which seems to be growing all of the time), and there is a large library of all kinds of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as a magazine selection.

    When you get a book from the prime Reading library, it works just the same as checking a book out from any other online library, except that there is no set time to return the book; so you can keep it and read it for as long as you want.
    You are allowed quite a few books, also. I can’t remember if it is 10 or maybe 15 books at a time. I have never needed anywhere close to that many books at one time, so I have forgotten what the limit is for books being checked out.
    If you have Prime, and like to read, Prime Reading is definitely a wonderful feature of Amazon.
     
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    I use it a lot, too.
     
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    I enjoy my Kindle, but I pick up regular books at the local thrift stores as well. For extended trips and such, it is nice to be able to carry hundreds of books on my kindle, but for around the house, the warm feeling of paper books is comforting in its own way. I tend to read non-fiction on the kindle and fiction in paper, but that is not a fixed rule.
     
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    Yes, I prefer real paper-printed books to the Kindle, but the Kindle is awfully convenient and, given the free stuff, it's more affordable.
     
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    I was just reading a really interesting book, I was thinking it came from Prime Reading when I started this post, but it is also possible that this was my Kindle First free book of the month for November.
    In any case, it is an interesting book, called “Daughters of the Lake” by Wendy K. Webb. While it is a mystery story, that doesn’t even begin to qualify it as what kind of a book this is. It has elements of suspense, romance, history, and even the paranormal, all perfectly combined into an intriguing story that was hard to put down.

    I am going to add her to my favorite authors on Amazon, and read more of her books.
    An interesting thing about the author....... When I finished the book, I was reading a little about her and one of the things she addressed was whether she drew any of her characters from real life people that she knew, and she said that one of the main characters was patterned after her good friend.....Ken Anderson !
    I am guessing that it is not “our” @Ken Anderson ; but how about it, Ken, do you have any writer friends who write mystery books like this ?

    https://novelgossip.com/2018/10/28/review-daughters-of-the-lake-by-wendy-webb/
     
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    All that I can say is that Ken Anderson is a pretty common name. I may be the best of the lot, but there are a lot of us.
     
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    Now, I am really FRAZZLED ! !
    This book was great, so I went to write a good review while it was still fresh in my mind. INstead of writing a review, I got a red-ink message from amazon that I have violated some Community Code, and they deleted all 1200 reviews that we have written in the last 5-6 years.
    I have NO clue why they would do this ? ?
    The last review I remember was this week for an order of melatonin, and several other products that we had ordered, and I got the little thank you emails from Amazon for those reviews.
    They do not take product reviews for discounted products anymore, so we only review products that we purchase for full price, and even if a review violated something, they will just tell you that they can’t accept that particular review.
    For them to totally ban us and ERASE every single review we have ever written, it must be something really bad.

    Anyway, thanks for listening to me grumble, and I chatted with the online customer service person, and she said the community people will email me in a few days and let me know what is wrong.
    I am just so baffled !
     
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    @Yvonne Smith - how odd is that ! Especially as you are such a good customer. I'm hoping its a mistake
    Let us know will you - I'm as puzzled as you are
     
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    It has been over a year since they stopped the discount sales and reviews, so no one can write any kind of review unless they have purchased a product for full price. We are almost always happy with products we order from Amazon, and write informative reviews, so I just can’t imagine why everything would be deleted, but I guess that if it seems to be happening to a lot of people (for no reason), then maybe Amazon will work on getting the problem resolved for everyone.
    It is not like it makes a difference whether we can leave a review or not, but I feel as though I am convicted of some kind of a crime that I didn’t commit, and that distresses me.
     
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    Although I had reviewed only restaurants that I had eaten at, and gave honest reviews, Yelp deleted my restaurant reviews a year or so ago, so I know what you mean. I think what happens is that a manufacturer or, in the case of Yelp, a restaurant owner complains. They look. at other reviews and decide whether yours was out of line with the others, or something, then deletes yours if it doesn't match all of the others. In the case of Amazon, since had been doing reimbursed reviews in the past (when that was allowed), they might have thought you were still doing them under the table, or something. I don't know, just guessing.
     
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    We just recieved an email from Amazon, and it really does not say WHAT the problem is/was; just the same thing as it showed before, that we have violated some community rule.
    They don’t specify what product or review was at issue, and said that they will not provide any farther information. So, no only can we not present our side to whatever it is, we don’t even know what it was.
    Bobby and I have talked about this, and this is the only thing that we can think of.
    There was a set of earbuds that we purchased from Amazon, and they didn’t fit properly in the case, so they didn’t charge when the case was closed. Bobby padded the case with a bit of paper towel, and then they charged like they should; so he wrote to the manufacturer of the earbuds and explained what had happened, and recommended that they make the case fit better.
    They thanked him and sent him another set of earbuds, and possibly he might have mentioned this when he left a positive review of the earbuds. Since all of our reviews are gone, there is no way to even look and see if this might have been what the problem was.

    At this point, it just looks like Amazon is not going to be getting any further reviews from us.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith - its an awful response from Amazon, yet typical of 'big' business today
    They really need to sort out the customer service. Even if it was the 'earbud case' they could have just deleted the review
    and told you why
    Like you, I wouldn't write another review
     
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    It is not that I won’t write another review, @Patsy Faye , it is that we are banned from writing reviews, forever ! It makes NO sense to me either, to deal with things this way. If they thought one review didn’t match what was allowed, they could have just not allowed that particular review, for whatever reason.
    To say that we can never, ever write an Amazon product review seems pretty harsh for one mistake, one very unintentional one.
     
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    Banned forever ! Are they mad ! !
    Ugh - I know I am :mad:
    Absolutely pointless
     
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    Yvonne, your first post in this thread got me kind of hooked and I wanted to find out more about Amazon Prime Reading. Thanks for that inspiration.

    So I started doing some research this morning and found it quite off-putting. There seems to be no clear and condensed information on what Amazon Prime Reading actually is and what the advantages of it are. I found more information on external websites than on Amazon itself. What really bugs me is that they kind of force you to buy a pig in a poke. They promise over one million ebooks and I don't know how many available in the library. Since I don't want to read any books but only quite specific ones, the first thing I wanted to do is to find out what books would be available for download as well as for borrowing. That is not possible. You can check that only after you have signed on maybe to find out then that they only have books I'm not interested in. So I have given up on that and will buy the books the way I have always done it.
    What happened to you as a reviewer might show their true face.
     
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    You might be confusing Prime Reading with the Kindle Unlimited, which is a different program altogether. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, then Prime Reading is one of the benefits that comes along with it, like the 2-day free shipping, and Amazon Prime videos.
    If you sign in to your Amazon account, and under the accounts and lists folder, you will see “your Prime membership”. That will open to a list of all of your Prime benefits, and Prime reading is on that list.
    Once you go to the Prime Reading library, then you can browse for books that you are interested in. There are selections that you can use to narrow down the list (fiction, non-fiction, mystery, self-help, etc) and then you can browse everything in the categories that you are interested in.
    New books and magazines are added every month, so there is a change over of books to read in any catagory.

    Kindle Unlimited is a paid-for program, and it costs about $10 a month for that program. If you read a whole lot of books, then it might be worth paying for, but even so, you can only borrow the books that they have on the list. Once you borrow a book, you can keep it as long as you want to borrow it, just like with Prime Reading, and you are only allowed around 10 books at a time for either program.
    I took one of the trials of Kindle Unlimited, and what I do is put in the search box the kind of book I am looking for, and then see which of the corresponding books will be on the Kindle Unlimited. Pretty much, they are cheaper books, and not the ones by well-known authors, although I have found a few that were.
    Also, you are only borrowing the book, and not buying it, so if you are reading books that you want to keep, then just buying it is a better option.
     
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    Thanks, Yvonne, for your detailed and informative explanation. I've checked it, found it all in my account. It is as you say. I might, indeed, have confused Prime Reading with Kindle Unlimited. I also found out that they don't offer the books I'd like to read nor would I gain anything financially. So that was most insightful and helped me take a decision. Thanks again.
     
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