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Tale of Amazon's Most Prolific Book Reviewer Ends

People either loved Harriet Klausner or loved to hate her

(Newser) - Former librarian Harriet Klausner died on Oct. 15 at age 63, leaving behind 31,014 book reviews on Amazon and a host of critics. Klausner, who started posting reviews on the site in the 1990s and published her last three days before her death, described herself as a "freaky... More »

Mom's Genius Review of Teen's Crop Top Goes Viral

Mom uses cat to model 'ridiculously small' top

(Newser) - A mom who wasn't happy with the skimpy crop top her 16-year-old daughter ordered off of Amazon gave the $4.99 top (full product name: "Lady Padded Bra Tops Bustier Cutout Vest Crop Top Bralette Tank Blouse") just one star on the site back in April. But... More »

Perk for Top Amazon Reviewers: Major Freebies

No. 1 reviewer has gotten thousands in free merchandise

(Newser) - That Amazon.com review that's influencing your buy? It may not have been written by someone who actually paid for the product. That's because Amazon has an invitation-only program, Vine, for top reviewers—and at least once a month, they get to choose two free products from a... More »

Amazon's Funniest Fake Product Reviews

Uranium, horse masks, lady pens, and more

(Newser) - Satirical Amazon product reviews have become a long-running meme and an unintended drawcard of the site (remember all those hilarious Mitt Romney-inspired binder reviews? ). Now Amazon itself has embraced the phenomenon by posting a collection of its own favorites. Some highlights:
  • BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen: "I
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Inside the Wacky World of Amazon.com Reviews

Wait til you read what people think of 'How to Avoid Huge Ships'

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal takes a delightful look at the thousands of "amateur comedians" parading around Amazon.com's review pages, but beware: Clicking on any of the product pages below could seriously inhibit your productivity for the rest of the day. Our favorite reviewer quips of quirky products... More »

Amazon Deletes Thousands of 'Fake' Reviews

Online purge sparks debate among authors and fans

(Newser) - Those glowing reviews on Amazon.com that seem a little made-up? The online mega-retailer is finally cracking down, deleting thousands of reviews that strike a phony chord for one reason or another, the New York Times reports. Amazon isn't divulging its deletion policy, but reviews by friends and family... More »

Amazon Now Full of Snarky 'Binders' Reviews

'This binder has more than enough room to hold all my women.'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" is still on its thrill ride through the annals of the Internet . Most recently, it's made its way to the review sections of binders on Amazon, where some witty shoppers are commenting on how well the products contain women. "As... More »

Crime Writer Caught Faking Amazon Reviews

Best-seller RJ Ellory apologizes for 'judgement lapse'

(Newser) - Best-sellling crime writer RJ Ellory has been caught writing favorable reviews of his own books on Amazon.com—and penning scathing reviews of his competitors' books. The British writer was exposed by spy thriller author Jeremy Duns, who blew the whistle on Ellory on Twitter , reports ABC . "Ellory writes... More »

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