Tag Archives: BookLikes

New Facebook-style emojis to go with your Booklikes updates – new stick with which to beat reviewers?

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Am I the only pessimist to feel this way towards the new Booklikes feature? Who will be the first to attach a ‘big smile’ to a 1-star review? Including even a slightly negative emoji when adding a book to your shelves or a currently reading update will, at some point, earn a reader the ire of the book’s author and their fans.

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Leafmarks adds features much wanted by Goodreads users – filter out images, high-level blocking, and more

LeafmarksAccording to their latest newsletter, Leafmarks has implemented useful features desired by Goodreads members at almost the same time Goodreads has added an unwanted and derided feature that spams recommends books to you in the Updates feed on the home page, while many sought after ones – as well as a long list of bug fixes and defunct features – have seemingly been ignored in Amazon’s pursuit of profit.

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Goodreads Deletes Power Users, Leafmarks Benefits

I’m coming late to this party and I’m shocked I hadn’t seen anything about this anywhere, not even in in the Goodreads Feedback group, until now, in GR status updates. [1][2][3][4]

Two power users, JennyJen (Twitter, Booklikes) and Marco Manganiello (Facebook), who had hundreds of followers and reviews, initially had their reviews deleted based on the images in their reviews, which were flagged by other users for supposedly contravening GR’s arbitrary policy against nudity and anything remotely risqué or controversial, like semi-naked men kissing. The horror! The horror!

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Review: OFF-TOPIC: The Story of an Internet Revolt by G.R. Reader

OFF-TOPIC: The Story of an Internet RevoltRating:

Disclaimer: I witnessed the production of this book from the sidelines.

*Currently available from Lulu as a non-profit ebook or freely and legally download it HERE from my Dropbox account.

This is a small collection of essays and reviews, some of which were deleted by Goodreads, on GR’s censorship policy imposed on September 20th, 2013.

None of my articles, posted on my blog, were included as there were some legal issues over my screenshots, opinions and accusations e.g. calling them a ‘badly behaving social network’.

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War Declared: Goodreads vs. BookLikes, Or how Goliath beats on David

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.


(Click to see the thread in which these posts were made)

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What Goodreads Meant to Me

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.

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Summary of GR’s New Censorship Policy

*****LAST UPDATED OCTOBER 4, 2013*****
***Please let me know if any of the links are broken.***


Created by Cassi aka Snow White

See the announcement with multiple updates.

Thousands of comments and questions have mostly gone unanswered, leaving users confused, angry and frustrated, partly because this policy appears to have been inconsistently applied. Ironically, this change in policy was implemented just a couple of days before Banned Books Week.

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