Amazon has just filed a lawsuit against five different companies that offer authors the ability to pay for e-book reviews. The suit filed Friday alleges that these websites violate Amazons existing trademarks and wants them to stop offering Amazon reviews for sale and help Amazon find those engaged in fake reviews.
In Friday’s suit, Amazon sued California resident Jane John-Nwankwo, who the company claims owns and runs PaidBookReviews.org, as well as New York resident Chris Embry, the alleged CEO of AmazonVerifiedReviews.com. Amazon also sued the operators of AmazonReviewStar.com, BuyAmazonReviews.info and ReviewConnections.com, but Amazon couldn’t identify those sites’ owners.
Amazon wants to maintain the integrity of their review system, since millions of users want to be able to weed out the good books from the bad.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.