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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the recent Goodreads policy. If you have been hiding under a rock: basically Goodreads is censoring many reviewers’ reviews and shelves that seem offensive to authors. While I have not been censored, this is completely not okay at all so I felt like it was time to make a post about what I am planning to do about the recent drama.
Ever since the new poilicy when public last Friday, many loyal Goodreaders are moving to Booklikes which is like an ugly Goodreads Tumblr. First impressions aren’t looking too great… So what am I going to be doing? Am I following the crowd?
Answer: Yes and no. I have created a Booklikes account but I have not imported any of my shelves or books over. I am still crazily active on Goodreads, because I mean. IT’S MY HOME. I haven’t been in the book world as long as many of you guys but I am still trying to get the fact into my head that Goodreads is becoming cruel to it’s users. I think I’ll stay on Goodreads for the time being and if every one of my bloggy friends leaves to Booklikes, I’ll move too. Not because I want to follow the crowd but because I don’t want to be out of touch with my friends.
Moreover, I’d just like to have a little rant about Goodreads’ policy.
Firstly, originally was a place for readers across the world to share their thoughts on books and recommend books to others. The whole censorshisp is going agains their own original motives because look! We’re all packing our bags an leaving. Why? Censoring means not being able to express our thoughts, taking away shelves that could be helpful to other members is not fine at all. It’s the author’s own fault for creating a Goodreads account and looking at the reviews, Goodreads is not for aimed for authors. It was aimed for readers. It’s also the author’s own fault if he/she was badly behaving. Out of all the author-reader dramas, most started because a reader rated the author’s book lowly and the author became upset/angry/whatever. Us readers are entitled to our own thoughts, just like writers are entitled to write about anything. Furthermore, Goodreads censoring us reviewers can also be a bad thing for authors. There are many who appreciate what reviewers have to say as long as it’s not directly targetting the author themselves. People learn from their mistakes, and authors can’t learn from their mistakes if Goodreads is just being mumma bear, hiding all the reality.
Find me on Booklikes here. Like I said in one of my posts before, I’ll follow back if your not secretly a creepo stalker. Sorry to all those who I haven’t gotten round to following! I’m kinda still getting used to BL…
So that’s me, what do you think about the new Goodreads policy? Are you moving to Booklikes?
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