Charles Petzold

Payment for Amazon Reviews?

May 23, 2006
New York City

A fellow author of programming books has offered to pay Amazon reviewers of his new book an amount equal to the per-copy royalty. I am afraid I will not be able to match the offer for the following reasons:

  1. I think it's unethical.
  2. I think it's tacky.
  3. Not also having a real job, I need my royalties to pay my rent and feed myself so I can continue writing more books in the future.

Addendum, May 24, 2006: Issue resolved.