Amazon is facing a backlash from authors after their reviews were quietly deleted from its website under a new ban on novelists leaving their opinions on books in the same genre.
It is understood the new crackdown of its review systems was instigated in the wake of the scandal caused by numerous fake reviews, in a practice dubbed "sock puppeting".
RJ Ellory, the bestselling British crime writer, was exposed for writing fake online reviews about his “magnificent genius” while simultaneously criticising his rivals.
But last night Amazon's new crackdown prompted a wave of condemnation from authors and the literary industry who attacked it as flawed and ill-thought.
More at The Telegraph including comment from Joanne Harris, Mark Billingham, and other authors.