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FAQ: I can't review on Amazon because the book hasn't been released yet

As you likely have already found out, Amazon doesn't allow people to leave a review on an ebook before it's officially available for sale. Unfortunately, Booksprout cannot tell the difference between a book that's on pre-order and one that's live, so you may occasionally run into this issue if the author requests your review too early.

If you find yourself in this situation, there's a couple things you can try.

1. Leave a review on the paperback (if available)

Some authors make their paperbacks available early. If possible, switch to the paperback on Amazon by clicking the "paperback" buying option.

Once there, you should be able to leave a review on Amazon as usual

2. Wait

If there's no paperback available, the only other option is to simply wait for the book to be on sale as an ebook before you can leave your review. You can see when it's available for sale by looking at the right hand side of the book's Amazon page.

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  1. Chris Leippi

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    book was delayed by author but booksprout is aking for review on amazon.  I have reached out to author and she's aware, but dont know how to skip step 4 amazon review on my end to not be penalized.

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    frustrated that Amazon takes days to review a post for a book.  Too many people are citing the same issue and I'm reading that many are consequently prevented from getting new ARCs.  Please address.  The book is Woodworking for Beginners Handbook:The Step-by-Step Guide with Tools, Techniques, Tips and Starter Projects

    Stephen Fleming

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    I have reviewed, Amazon have published it, but I can't manage to prove it. All a bit to techie to this old woman, I am afraid. 

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    I get this message from Amazon "We apologize but this account has not met the minimum eligibility requirements to write a review. If you would like to learn more about our eligibility requirements, please see our community guidelines." I can't seem to understand their guidelines either. I think it means that because I didn't purchase I can't review. Is there a way around this? I want to honour my agreement.