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Goodreads: Back to Reading, Forget Attacking


Goodreads is a wonderful website. It’s useful resource for readers, and for authors. Sadly, over the past year or so, barely a week goes by without some nasty story developing about something or other on the site.

Authors attacked reviewers; reviewers attacked authors. Bloggers started blogging about scandalous behavior on Goodreads, and news stories hit the media.

All very unpleasant, and since Amazon owns Goodreads, you can imagine the result.

Goodreads took action and started deleting egregious attacks. Naturally, there were complaints, and Goodreads responded:

To clarify, we haven’t deleted any book reviews in regard to this issue. The key word here is “book”. The reviews that have been deleted – and that we don’t think have a place on Goodreads – are reviews like “the author is an a**hole and you shouldn’t read this book because of that”. In other words, they are reviews of the author’s behavior and not relevant to the book. We believe books should stand on their own merit, and it seems to us that’s the best thing for readers.

Was Goodreads right to take action?

In the face of the widespread negative publicity, it became inevitable. One author apparently gave up the idea of publishing her book, because of personal attacks on Goodreads.

With 20 million users on the site, some unpleasantness is inevitable. People do what they do, and the readers using the site are basically anonymous. Authors aren’t, of course.

The last thing Goodreads wants is for people to feel unsafe or uncomfortable on the website. If pointless attacks are condoned, that’s what will eventually happen.

Yes, only a tiny portion of the site’s users behave badly. News stories about it however, color perceptions, and the perception that Goodreads condones bullying would eventually destroy the site.

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Easy Book Promotions: Are You Making the Most of Goodreads?

Goodreads' Author Program

You’ve written a book.

Now what?

Many new authors freak out at this stage. Don’t. You don’t need to spend four hours a day on Twitter and other social networking sites begging people to buy your book.

Use Goodreads. No pressure involved. You can just do what you usually do — read — and can promote your book at the same time.

Goodreads has a special author program, which you should join immediately — even if you’re just thinking that you may want to write a book someday.

From: Author Program – use Goodreads to promote yourself and your books

Promote Your Books

Get the word out! Here are some of the promotional tools available on Goodreads:

* Sign up to advertise your book to up to the Goodreads Community—20,000,000 readers!

* List a book giveaway to generate pre-launch buzz.

* Lead a Q&A discussion group for readers.

* Participate in discussions on your profile, in groups and in the discussion forums for your books.

Goodreads is perfect: you can find YOUR audience of READERS

When you participate on Goodreads, you know you’re interacting with people who love reading as much as you do. And no matter how niched your category, you’ll find an audience.

If you haven’t join Goodreads, join today. Start having fun, and promote your book.

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