Do Amazon favour certain authors?
I recently enquired with Amazon about a massive disparity in downloads between my books. My first novel rapidly achieved 14000 downloads with 2 months of making it a free one. This has risen to nearly 50,000 now. However my two latest published books, also freebies have barely reached a fraction of this in several months, probably 10’s rather than hundreds. I asked Amazon if they recommend books to readers by authors they have previously read as I believed that many of the reviewers who had read my first book probably didn’t know about the latest two. Amazon suggested the ‘Follow’ feature on my Amazon Author page. This is so ‘followers’ can get notification about the author’s latest publication. Well, I’m not ‘following’ any authors, yet I get shed loads of recommendations from Amazon all the time. The answer, therefore, doesn’t make sense.
I put this to them, the reply was that I need to contact my ‘publisher’ for assistance as ‘the change I requested needs to be submitted using the same platform where the book was uploaded.’ Well, I’M the publisher, and again, the answer doesn’t make sense as I didn’t request any ‘change.’
It's only a thought, but I suspect Amazon may favour mainstream authors (who probably don’t like the indie competition) or they favour their own KDP published books when making recommendations to readers. I’ve read a few KDP authors, many with dozens of glowing reviews, and quite frankly many of them are pretty damn awful, lacking originality, repetitive sentences, gushingly verbose and littered with ridiculously amateurish speech tags (he admonished gravely) that are more like a junior high school student effort. Okay, there are also lots of non KDP self-published authors who are just as bad. (and some pretty good) But where do all the five star reviews come from for so many of the KDP authors?
Okay, rant over. Any comments?