I run a Book Review website that gets a decent amount of traffic but of late I've been finding it harder and harder to rank for even the simplest keywords. I don't build links and whatever links I get are through my readers (social media, blogs etc).
While writing a book review (normally >500 words), what I also do is copy an excerpt of the book that is available online. So for example if I was reviewing this book here (no aff link)
The Hit by David Baldacci
Within the body of my review, I would copy paste the book description (within quotes) or excerpt as mentioned on Amazon:
"From David Baldacci--#1 bestselling author and one of the world's most popular, widely read storytellers--comes the most thrilling novel of the year.
Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.
No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.
But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world."
My question is: Does this count as Duplicate Content and is Google penalizing my site somehow because of this?