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How to Write an Amazon Review

Updated on December 10, 2014

Tips for a Potential Reviewer

Have you just read a book and want to tell your friends about it? How about telling the whole world? You can, by writing a review on Amazon.

You don't have to be a famous literary critic, you don't have to be an English professor, you have only to be a reader. You don't even have to judge if the book is of a brilliant standard or if it deserves awards, you have only to say whether or not you liked it.

Detail from Woman Writing a Letter : Gerard ter Borch

Why your Review is Needed

Using an eBook example

Buying an eBook is certainly much easier than buying a physical book. The eBook is instant. It's easy to carry around. And it's a heck of a lot cheaper. (In Australia about one quarter of the price).

But you're not in a bookshop. You're not face to face with a helpful clerk who can give you some ideas on what may be appropriate for your ten year old nephew, or to let you know if there's some new historical fiction similar to what you've been reading. By the way, is the new Henning Mankell up to standard?

No, you rely on others to tell you. So you look at reader reviews and Amazon's "also bought" suggestions. You can check through reviews and decide to purchase (or not purchase) the book based on what you've read.

Now you can help others decide if they want to purchase!

Don't have an Amazon account?

You don't have to purchase anything from Amazon to have an account.


  1. Go to the Amazon homepage
  2. Select Start Here at the top of the page.
  3. This takes you to a page that asks for your name and email address. It will then ask you to enter and reenter your password. Now you can click on Create a new account

But I don't have a Kindle!

Don't have a kindle? It doesn't matter. There are lots of ways to read a book in kindle format without even having a Kindle!

Amazon provide free reading apps for every major smartphone, tablet, and computer.

There's an app for Smartphones such as an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone.

An app for Tablets such as an Android Tablet, iPad, Windows 8.

There's an app for your computer - for your Mac, Windows 7, XP and Vista, and for Windows 8

You can read books in your Kindle Cloud Reader.

You can start reading a book on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device

What are you waiting for? Download your FREE App and read anywhere

Do I have to buy from Amazon to write a review?

No. It doesn't matter if you purchased your book somewhere else.

If you actually purchased through Amazon, you'll get a verification mark on your review but you don't need it to have your review published. You may have just borrowed the book from a friend but, if you feel strongly enough about it, you can certainly write a review.

As long as you have an account with Amazon you can write a review. So, if you don't have an Amazon account, open one. You can use amazon.com. amazon.ca or amazon.uk - the process is the same.

How can I write an Amazon Review?

Easy! Go to the page of the book you've purchased. If you haven't purchased from Amazon, search for the book you've just read and find the page which features it.

Look down towards the bottom of the page, to where the reviews are already posted.

Scroll to the last review on that page to the button Write a customer review

NO reviews yet? Be the first to write one!

Next Step

Amazon will ask you to sign into your account (if you're not signed in already)

This is where you choose a star rating for your review. Anything from one star to three stars is a pretty bad review. (Suppose you didn't like the book at all? Sure, pick a low star rating and then explain why you didn't like it).

After you've chosen your star writing, write a Title for your review

Now, Write your Review

As you can see, it's a straightforward process to write your review.

Quick Tip

Write your review in your word processor and, when you're happy with it, simply copy and paste it into the Amazon page

What you Need to do in a Review

  1. Click on a Star rating and enter a title, make it short and to the point
  2. Say whether you liked the book or not. .Make this simple. "The book was really good. I enjoyed it right to the last page". Or something like "I was disappointed with this book".
  3. Say something you liked about the book. (Or didn't like). Was it the plot, a particular scene, the characters, the feelings it aroused in you? "I was amused with the witty dialogue when Mary first met John". Or "Somehow John didn't seem real to me, his actions were too predictable".
  4. Finally .. would you recommend this book?

What NOT to Write in your Review

  1. Keep it short and to the point. Anything over 250 words isn't going to be read by anyone
  2. Don't give away the ending of the book!
  3. This isn't about YOU. We don't need long, personal stories on who you are and why you have particular personal tastes.Tell us about the book, not about yourself
  4. This is NOT a review of the retailer, but the content. If there was a problem with the ordering, contact Amazon.

Make your review HELPFUL to others

Are you an Author?

If you have a book published in any ePublishing format, it's simple to send a review copy. Send the file to your reviewer.

If the potential reviewer has no Amazon account, explain that it's a quick and easy process to sign up (and doesn't cost anything).

Be prepared for a critical review, don't expect everyone to gush in awe about your book. If you've put your toe in the water, accept whatever temperature it is.

What Authors Say about Reviews

"Reviews guide and challenge me to strive ever harder to improve my creations... sincerest thanks for your gifts of time and belief in me and mine".

Christine Larsen, author of Small Knitty Gritty Folk Tales

"Book reviews are the compass that sets me in the right direction for my new book development. I'm a voracious reader too and, because I can't pick up an eBook book to scan in the store, I dearly value reviews by other readers"

Helene Malmsio, author of The Raw Food Diet Made Simple - Transitioning to a Raw Food Plan for Better Health, Vibrant Energy, and Weight Loss

"An author reading reviews of their book is like a doctor checking on the blood pressure of a patient. The news might not be what you hoped for but at least it gives you an indication of where to improve"

Glen Allen Stadler, author of Captain Banjo and his Merry Band of Marauding Pirate Goats

Just for Laughs

Some products seem to call out for a tongue in cheek review. I'm not suggesting you scour through Amazon looking for something outrageous or that you feel you have to be ironic, I've included this products so you can have a chuckle at the reviews received.


Uranium Ore
Uranium Ore

More hilarious reviews

 

© 2013 Susanna Duffy

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Interesting point about brevity. I have wondered if awarding 5 stars to a book is counter-productive? Most books could be improved,so 4 stars is often a better recommendation to me when I read reviews

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I think your Lens really helps people who have no clue on how to write a great review. Especially your tip that the review is not about you, but about the article you write about is a good one. Often you see very long reviews on top of the Amazon pages, I never read them, I love the brief descriptions and a good to the point opinion. Great and useful Lens!

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      Angelique 4 years ago from Christchurch

      I have a kindle and read many books. Have not reviewed one as I am never sure what to say. When reading other reviews they often very long and I thought that was what I needed to do. Thank you for clearing this up for me. Will start writing reviews.

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      Agapantha 4 years ago

      Now I understand how to write a review for Amazon

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      SandyPaw 4 years ago

      I always read the reviews too and am grateful to the people who took the time to write them

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      Ask_Me 4 years ago

      I always read the reviews before I buy a book from Amazon

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      Glendame 4 years ago

      I feel inspired to write a review now

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      Science-Fiction-Fan 4 years ago

      So you could write a review even if you didn't buy the book from Amazon? I didn't know that. Thanks!

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      CannyGranny 4 years ago

      Very helpful. I like the reminder to review the product, not the shipping arrangement

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      A good focused guide, loved the remark about NOT reviewing the seller. This so often happens on amazon and drags rating of a product down.

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      Jenny Campbell 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Your screen shots are great especially as they are by the side of what you are explaining. I will be writing a review about a macro lens I bought at Amazon recently so thanks for this.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great tips, especially the ones about focusing on the product, not the problems with Amazon or the reviewers story.

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a good stuff.Now writing reviews on amazon is easy for me.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thanks for this helpful info on how to write an Amazon Review. So often, I don't review products that I have purchased and I know they are helpful because I always read them. I will try to do better.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Just remember that you are actually PAYING for the book yourself, then sending it to someone else.... even though its your book, you don't get to gift it to someone for free. You need to send out your own review copies of the book directly to your reviewer/friend if you want to give them for free.

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      oztoo lm 4 years ago

      I like the "make the review HELPFUL for others". No matter what the product i think most people like to read the reviews before they purchase.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I always read the reviews on Amazon before making a purchase. Some of them are more helpful than others, but in general I feel I will be happy with a product if others have been. Thank you for the tips!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      very helpful - i need to write a few reviews myself

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this article. I actually learned something - how to gift the book.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      woo hoo! Thanks for creating this page Susanna, I'll start sharing it with people who are reading review copies of my books!

      BTW: I always break #3 of what you say not to do... I always waffle on about myself and why I liked the product... I'm a me, me, me type of gal I guess - lol!