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What’s an Amazon Vine Voice?

I post a lot of reviews to Amazon and often notice those names with that little ‘Amazon Vine’ by them, like they’re special, or more

vine voice

I'm a Vine Voice

authoritative. I know their reviews carry more weight than the average review, but I didn’t know who they were or how they were selected–or pretty much anything about them.

Then Amazon made me a Vine Voice.

Here’s what I found out:

What is Amazon Vine?

Launched in 2007 in an effort to encourage top-notch reviews, Amazon selects individuals with unbiased, well-written, balanced reviews to join a cadre of Amazon reviewers called Amazon Vine Voices. They are offered free products, then asked to review these for Amazon. There is no pay involved, just the free products like books, CD’s, movies, computer products, food–anything that is sold on Amazon. Every time they review a product, be it from the list awarded by Amazon or one of their own selection, it carries the logo for ‘Amazon Vine Voice’.

Here’s what Amazon says about it:

Amazon Vine™ is a program that enables a select group of Amazon customers to post opinions about new and pre-release items to help their fellow customers make educated purchase decisions. Customers are invited to become Amazon Vine™ Voices based on the trust they have earned in the Amazon community for writing accurate and insightful reviews. Amazon provides Amazon Vine™ members with free copies of products that have been submitted to the program by vendors. Amazon does not influence the opinions of Amazon Vine™ members, nor do we modify or edit their reviews.

How do you join the Amazon Vine Program?

Amazon invites you to join. You can’t request the position or fill out an application. One day, you’ll be sitting at your computer, writing your next book, and an email will arrive asking if you’d like to become an Amazon Vine Voice. You, being a clever person, will immediately respond with a Yes.

Do Amazon Vine Voices Get Paid?

No. That would destroy the authenticity of the review. No one I’ve ever reviewed for has paid me. It’s normal to receive the product for free, shipped to my house, but nothing else. In that way, I feel no pressure to post anything but the truth.

What’s the Process Once You Become a Vine Voice?

Every month, there’s an email in your e-mailbox. From that list, you select which products you are willing to review. Amazon takes care of shipping them to you. When your review is ready, you post it as you would any review.

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15 thoughts on “What’s an Amazon Vine Voice?

  1. How fun that you’ve been invited to do this, Jacqui! You’ve certainly earned the designation with all the work you’ve done on reviews, and I’m sure the extra validation feels wonderful. (Getting free stuff must be fun too!)

    As an author who’s received Vine Voice reviews, I appreciate your clarifying what that means, in case readers perusing those reviews might not have understood the significance.

  2. Great information as always. I enjoy your blog because you clarify ideas, make me think, and show me things I didn’t know before.

    • Thanks, Sharon. I appreciate that. The Amazon Vine Program was all new to me, too. I had no idea how people got in or what it meant. I’ve been writing book reviews for over a year, just because.

      Thanks for dropping by!

    • Hi Joana, I love writing book reviews–who knows why (actually, Sana might be able to explain it)–but taking on this responsibility puts a bit of extra pressure on me to get it right. Since most of my life, I’ve turned my hobbies into careers, I guess that’s OK. Thanks for dropping by. Love your blog! I subscribed to it.

  3. greetings! were you just this week asked to join? if so, amazon must be all about asking teacher-writer-bloggers to join, because i was invited this week too (and i am all of those things) i found this post searching wordpress for anything including ‘amazon vine’. i’m also a teacher–8th grade english–and a writer (working on a proposal for a travel-related nonfiction book right now) and a blogger (ok, i admit it, it is an obsession!) i hope you enjoy the books you recieve and review. i got my first one today–a YA book by an author i already knew and liked, so i’m super excited.

    • Hi Elbodans, Yes it was just this week. How funny. Where’s your blog? I’d like to visit, share thoughts. Most of my published books are non-fic–tech curriculum for K-8. I haven’t broken into the fiction field yet. I think tomorrow is a new list–it’s supposed to be a long one. I hope I find some books to choose. YA wasn’t my field so I found nothing on the last list.

      Good to meet you!

  4. Hi, I’m a Vine member for the UK Amazon. Check out my blog: http://carlosnightman.wordpress.com/ as I have started to make posts on what I get each month. I’ve been a member for a couple of years but only started adding this to the blog last month. I wrote an introduction to the program (similar to your one) on my blog too if anyone is interested!

    • Great to meet you, Carlos. I’m going to check out what you get, see how different it is from ours. Last week, I picked up Creative Labs 70GH014000002 Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma USB Gaming Headset. I’m pretty excited about those. They offer good products to review.

      • Great, I’ll keep an eye out for what you get too. The headset sounds good, I don’t think we’ve had anything like that on the UK site. We range from Laptops (and supposedly TVs) to books and batteries- so everything big and small. Let me know how the headset works out!

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