During the past four years there’s been a radical shift in how authors are perceived. Social media and self-publishing are the main reasons for this change. The ease with which one can become an author and communicate with fans and critics alike has led to both positive and negative effects on the reputations of authors.
What many point out is the fact that as soon as you make something available for sale, you’re a business. Businesses succeed and fail based on the quality of their customer service. A small but growing proportion of authors fail to understand this fact despite repeated explanations.
Seeing and hearing this same conversation countless times may mean we’ve begun to see authors as ONLY businesses while dismissing them as people.
Continue reading Authors: Business vs Personhood?
Goodreads are deleting books along with reviews of short stories that appear on magazine websites or in anthologies.[screenshot 1] [screenshot 2]
For some reason this doesn’t affect stories published on authors’ websites or Tor.com shorts, but at least two of my reviews have been deleted, for the 2014 Hugo Award winning Selkie Stories Are for Losers by Sofia Samatar published by Strange Horizons and Hugo nominated If you were a dinosaur, my love by Rachel Swirsky published by Apex Magazine, although it’s also available as an audio download. I actually received these stories in multiple formats as part of my LonCon3 Hugo Voter Pack.
Continue reading Goodreads Deleting Short Story Book Pages & Reviews
According 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.
Continue reading Leafmarks adds features much wanted by Goodreads users – filter out images, high-level blocking, and more
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Recent controversy over at Goodreads over arbitrary nudity violations has spurred many in the GLBT romance and erotica reading community to open Leafmarks accounts. And in an effort to welcome the group Leafmarks have implemented mature and spoiler tags to hide sexy and spoiler-ific content behind a clickable link, giving one the choice to view it or not.
Two custom tags: spoiler, and mature – can now be used in reviews, status updates, and comments. These tags collapse content into links “[VIEW SPOILER]” or “[VIEW MATURE CONTENT”] until clicked on to expand.
In the eight months since Leafmarks opened for business much has changed. Librarians, groups, and personal and community reading challenges have been added. Functions that have been repeatedly requested at Goodreads have been implemented at Leafmarks.
Continue reading Leafmarks, Eight Months On
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. 
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!
Continue reading Goodreads Deletes Power Users, Leafmarks Benefits
Goodreads makes money by sharing your reviews, whether you have this box checked or not. [You can find it under ‘Settings’ under ‘edit your profile’.]
As you can see my box is unticked and has been this way for a few months.
I thought my reviews were just being used to sell books.
Continue reading YOUR Goodreads Reviews are Promoting PORN and BOOK PIRACY
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And magazines aren’t the only non-book items that are being imported from Amazon databases.
Continue reading Maxim MAGAZINES in the Goodreads BOOK Database
Leafmarks has added Librarians! It seems to work similar to how it does on Goodreads, although the ability to combine, merge duplicates, and separate editions will be available within the next week.
Continue reading Leafmarks Librarians!