This morning I got an email:
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The next thing I did was a quick Google search, and I found nothing but comments from authors who had received the exact same email about their book, and were wondering if it was a scam. Further investigation of the site shows that since October 2014 they have, indeed, been publishing a “review” of a book a day – although it looks like the review is actually the “about this book” wording from Amazon. There is nothing obvious to indicate that anyone has actually read any of the reviews, and there don’t appear to be any reader comments.
Is it a scam? In that they do what they say they will do, then “Scam” is not really a word I would use. Is there any point in using this service? That is the question we authors have to answer for ourselves.