Tuesday, January 16, 2007

And, quickly, on the diet front....

Attempted to post a review early this morning for Bob Greene's new book, The Best Life Diet, currently running the table nationwide: No. 1 on Amazon and in Barnes & Noble, No. 2 on the New York Times' best-seller list for advice books. I gave Best Life a fairly rigorous scan yesterday during my weekly foray to B&N, and came away underwhelmed. So far, Amazon has not seen fit to post my review; I awarded 2 stars, but more to the point, I made some pretty cynical comments about Greene and his high-octane sponsor, Oprah Winfrey, which may be holding things up. Other reviews for the book have gone up with today's date, though I have no way of knowing whether they were submitted before mine. My intuition tells me that I'm on a "watch list" these days, such that my reviews are themselves individually reviewed for content before posting. If that sounds a bit paranoid or, worse, narcissistic, remember that my Amazon identifier does in fact reference my own book and this blog—which gives me a vested interest—and Amazon does have a history of spiking some of my more caustic reviews. Plus, there was that whole "Marilyn Barry" episode last year, wherein I'm sure I did not endear myself to the powers-that-be. So we'll see what develops.

POSTSCRIPT, 11:15 p.m. Well, my review still hasn't made its way onto the book's page, so I think it's safe to assume that it's been embargoed by Amazon. Conspiracy theorists may be interested to note that my review for Dr. Phil's book, Love Smart, suffered a similar fate: Amazon condensed it dramatically, then buried it anyway at the end of the list of reviews for the book, as if it had been written days earlier (thus forcing site visitors to scroll through dozens of other reviews in order to find it). You're telling me this is all coincidence?

I'm attempting to re-post it as we speak. I'll keep you...posted.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine that what you wrote is much worse than some of the reviews on there now, like the very first one from "inforcommercial" from Texas.