Soon I will start transferring my book reviews from Goodreads, and leaving a link to this WordPress blog in my review spaces, because here I’m not limited as to what I can write. I can comment on author behaviour and I can be as off-topic as I like!
Where are my manners? How rude I’ve been, I haven’t even introduced myself!
The rules of etiquette must be satisfied.
So let’s see…
A couple of weeks ago I wrote ‘Is Censorship Contagious?‘ commenting on the removal of the thousands of self-published titles from sale at Kobo (along with several other major retailers) with little notice given to their authors. Well, it now appears Kobo’s Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn has elaborated on the situation by emailing the following statement to those affected:
Updated to add two more reviews.
Here is the evidence that The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle existed, accessible in multiple ways.
Now Barnes & Noble, Kobo and the UK’s WH Smith are pulling erotica featuring rape, incest and bestiality.
Goodreads has one rule above all others:
NEVER delete a unique book from the database. No matter what, especially if it’s been shelved and reviewed.
They broke their own rule.
Taking censorship to a new level…
(1) Reviews are being deleted for being “potentially off-topic” – code for “being critical of GR”:
Let’s add another thing to the list of mind reading that GR is doing. They already sent me an email telling me a list of my reviews they would delete for being about the author. I changed all of them to a generic message that there should be a review there but it’s been censored by GR because reader’s minds are just too fragile to handle anything that is not strictly about the book.
Now, by my definition, that is not about the author. Yet, I just got an email from GR that they were deleted. Ahhhh, the double standards are awesome aren’t they?
Yesterday Goodreads threw the first punch, simultaneously insulting their users’ intelligence. They announced BookLikes was responsible for reviews deleted that were not targeted as part of their new policy. And yet, in Kara’s following comments, she admits there is also a bug deleting reviews.
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I spent months lurking on Goodreads before I eventually joined in 2009, but once I did, I was hooked. Money drained from my account and into Amazon’s as my reading appetites increased exponentially. Connecting with other “weird” people who loved books as much as I did helped me enormously, having never heard of the term ‘introvert’ before. I’d finally found my tribe, my people. People who rarely failed to bring a smile to my face and never looked down on me for being a geek. ‘Reading’ and ‘Goodreads’ quickly became synonymous with ‘freedom’, ‘escape’, and ‘relax’.
Paradise, thy name was Goodreads.