To Goodreads or Not To Goodreads – That is the Question

by Rachel Baker on March 25, 2015

I just recently went back to utilizing my goodreads account – by that I mean I dumped the books I’ve purchased from amazon and wrote a couple of quick reviews for a few books I’ve just finished. I signed up in 2008, and was pretty dormant for a very very long time, like say, until, last week. I’d had a few books in my library and a few reviews written (that I’d cut and pasted from Old Musty Books), but I didn’t really see the point. Last week, as I have been re-evaluating the direction that Old Musty Books will be going in the future, I decided to see what Goodreads had to offer after all this time. So far, the experience is alright, but I’m not sure I see the point.

This morning, I read this article at Book Riot. I applaud this woman for leaving Goodreads. I don’t see any reason to put up with the shit that some of the reviewers have to put up with from both publicists and authors. I made a decision a long time ago (2007) not to write bad reviews; if the book sucked, I just wouldn’t write a review (admittedly, some good books have fallen into a void and one day, I’ll try to write the reviews). Since then though, what gets published and what doesn’t; and who had a decent editor and who didn’t has changed. A very small percentage of the books I read in a week actually are worth my (or anyone else’s) time; and I sort of feel like I should let other people know so they don’t waste their money.

Goodreads allows readers, authors and publicists to connect on a somewhat personal level (you can learn a lot about someone by looking at the books they read). I don’t really know if I want too much contact with too many authors and too many publicists, because then there is a sense of obligation or a sense of entitlement that doesn’t and shouldn’t exist with someone who is honestly reviewing your publication.

I don’t know how long my goodreads experiment will last, but I will watch for what is described in the article I linked to earlier. Sadly, the gender-biased behavior described in the article is a major problem in all communities across the internet. I can’t help but wonder if there’s even a way to make it better. I’m not sure there is since social internet communities are really pretty anonymous and there’s not a whole lot anyone can do at this juncture, besides making the interaction public; which seems to be more detrimental to the victim.

Click on the link and read the article. Its a good start to a much needed conversation.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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