So what’s up with Goodreads lately? I love Goodreads – I always go there first before buying a book. I have found some wonderful reviewers there that have amazing insight into the books I read. But lately, Goodreads has been popping up in a more negative light. The first time it left a bad taste in my mouth was a few months ago when some people started making fun of an author’s appearance. I think the Goodreads staff made them take down the picture, but the thread itself was horrid and awful. On a site this big, of course there are time when things like this will pop up. But I still think this issue should have been addressed by the people running this site.
More recent, I hear Goodreads has made a rule that authors are no longer allowed to post negative comments on reviews of their books (at least I heard this was the case through Twitter – I have not confirmed this). I kind of agree with this in a sense – I feel Goodreads is there for the readers and if you have an author popping in every time you say something negative against a book, it may limit discussion. How is Goodreads going to determine whether a comment is negative though? It is so subjective – I see drama surrounding this in the future. And on a side note – I cringe every time an author gives their own book five stars. Don’t do it authors!! I have no problem with authors reviewing other authors books. Just don’t review your own.
Finally, and the reason this topic jumped into my mind. Lauren Dane wrote a nice blog post a few days ago about people rating books before they are even out. She has a book in particular that is only in copy edit stages, so there is no way anyone has read it – and it already has a rating on Goodreads. When she contacted Goodreads to remove the rating, they stated that they don’t require readers to read the book before rating it. Huh? I get that if a book is already out, people can rate it and have not read it. Fine, that is not in Goodreads’ control. But to allow a rating in a situation like this? How does this further the purpose of this site? Especially if people are rating low on purpose just because they don’t like the author or the type of books they write.
So don’t rate a book unless you have read it. Don’t personally attack authors or other members. And let’s have some good discussion!