Leaving a Book Review on Amazon

Book Reviews Help Everyone

But why do only a few people leave them? When you’re trying to decide if that new book you’ve seen on Amazon is something you’d like to read, what’s something that helps you decide? The book reviews, right?

If it has seven 1 star reviews saying, “This book is terrible, don’t waste your money!” You’ll probably move on. But if it has 5 star book review like, “This has to be the best book of all time!” Well, that’s a different story!

So, you’ve used the book reviews. Let me ask you this, have you written one? I bet the majority of you will say no, or maybe that you’ve written one or two. Getting good book reviews can help make the author’s work visible, turning their book into a best seller. I’m going to take a moment and show you how easy it is to write one on Amazon. So, let’s get started!

First login to your Amazon account and go to the book you just loved and want to leave a review.
The image below is of my book, “Invasion of Privacy.” (You knew there had to be a plug for it in here somewhere, right?) If you scroll down to the bottom of the picture, you’ll see a button that says, “Write a customer review.” (I added the red oval and “Click Here.”)  That will take you to the book review screen.

Help leaving a book review on Amazon

On the review screen, you’ll have 3 steps. 

1. How do you rate this item? Choose 1 through 5 stars. 1 for, “I hated it!” 5 for, “I loved it!”
2. Please enter a title for your review.  Pick a catchy title like, “Great book to read on the beach!”
3. Select a review type. Here you’ll pick “Written review”

Next, you’ll have the text box to enter your wonderful book review. Type in something like, “This story really kept my attention. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next! I didn’t put it down until I completely finished it!”

It doesn’t have to be brilliant, just a brief description about why you liked it and why you’re glad you’ve read it. It’s not a book report like you had to write in school. Have fun with it!

At the bottom of the screen is the “Preview your review” button. Clicking that will let you see how your review will look. If you see something you want to change, then click the “Edit” button and you’ll be able to make your changes. Preview again, and if you’re happy, click “Publish review” and you’re done! Congratulations, you’ve written your first book review!

Amazon will send you an email to let you know when your review is live. Your first review will take a while, but once you’ve written one, they are published right away.

That’s it. Leave a comment to tell me if you’ve written a book review or just say hi!

JimsGotWeb offers promotion and marketing help to indie-authors.  From editing your book to make sure it doesn’t have spelling and grammatical errors, to helping you promote your “Free Days” and “Countdown” promotion, we can help!

Here is a list of promotion and marketing services we offer:

  • Kindle “Free Days” and “Countdown” Promotion Help:
    I’ll help you with your Amazon promotion by submitting all of the necessary information to promotion websites and Facebook groups; including your book’s link, cover, description, dates of promotion, promotion price, and your author bio.
  • Write a powerful description:
    I will read your book and write a powerful description, with HTML included.
  • Request book reviews:
    I will contact reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads to get more reviews for your book.
  • Keyword Research:
    After reading your book, I’ll check keywords on Google and Amazon to find keywords that will bring a large amount of traffic to your book.
  • Choose Categories:
    After reading your book, I will choose appropriate categories so you’re book can rank in the top 100.
  • Manuscript Editing:
    One of the biggest complaints from readers leaving negative reviews is misspelling, incorrect grammar, and improper word usage. Let me proofread your book to make sure there aren’t any problems.
  • Book Cover Creation:
    Readers do judge a book by its cover, it’s the first thing they see. I have illustrators that can make you a new cover, if needed, or they will help improve your current cover to make sure it looks professional.
  • Social Media:
    If you need help setting up a Twitter, Facebook, or other social media accounts, I can do that for you and help you get “Likes” and “Followers” to your account.
  • Author Website Creation:
    I’ll set up a professional looking WordPress website that’s easy to maintain, so you can easily communicate with your readers.
  • eBook Conversion:
    I can convert your Word document into PDF, .mobi and .epub formats for all reading devices. This is great for sending out free review copies to readers.

If you have promotion and marketing needs, let JimsGotWeb help.


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I write short stories, love to travel, install auto glass, and collect Beatles memorabilia.

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9 Responses to Leaving a Book Review on Amazon

  1. Cynthia Westland

    Thanks for reminding everyone of the importance of writing reviews as readers and as an author, I appreciate the power of reviews to advance book popularity.

    • JimsGotWeb

      Hi Cynthia,
      I know a lot of people that read constantly, but when I ask them if they’ve written any book reviews they usually say no. They use the reviews to decide if they’re going to buy a book or not, but never really thought about who writes them. I think all authors should tell everyone they know to write more reviews.
      Thanks for listening!
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  2. Kriss

    Actually I do not read five star reviews for the most part.. at least at first, I read 3 stars and below. It is important, however the indie world has sullied reviews with thier friends and family leaving awesome five stars with very little merit. I have been struggling for a long time to decide whether or not I am going to stop review for indies, at least for anyone I know. I don’t review a book unless I can give it a good solid three or above, it is a waste of my time as I read at least 100 books a year, if not more (I am actually on 148th book this year). Since I have a book blog I review constantly. AND leaving ratings on Amazon is different. A 3 star on Goodreads usually warrants a 4 star on Amazon since the rating is different for each, same with Barnes and Noble, smashwords and even Library thing. Each star is similar in meaning but Goodreads is actually more distinctive. A 2 star rating means it was OK and that is perfect, but if you rate it a two star you are SLAMMED… write reviews but remember who you are writing them for, other buyers first, not a favor for the friend or to make the authors day. You will do a better thing for the author to write a critical review … notice I did not say positive or negative because that is not what someone should be thinking of. If the book was really that trashy. Write a critical review, don’t slam it!
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  3. JimsGotWeb

    Thanks so much for your comment.
    I completely agree with you about writing positive reviews. I read a lot of books too. Though not 148, you’ve got me beat there, and I realize the importance of leaving an honest review. I’ve seen people get 1 star reviews when the reader’s expectations were so high because of all the 5 star reviews. If there would have been less unrealistic reviews they probably wouldn’t have bothered slamming the author.

    I’m a fan of your site, CabinGoddess.com, and hope you are able to review my new eBook, “Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories.” I would love to hear your comments on it.

    Thanks for stopping by,
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  4. Cinda C MacKinnon

    So glad you wrote this. It makes it easier for people.
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  5. banyedeme

    this is very true.these days most people only what to get their books on the market so they try to get many reviews to help them get more popular. which either be good or bad to the buyer.

    • JimsGotWeb

      Right, you ask people to leave reviews for you, but if it’s something they don’t like or maybe it isn’t the type of book they’d usually read, you could end up with a 1 star review.
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