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Alright, GoodReads, please don't disappoint me with these new guidelines. I'm hoping this site primarily remains a site FOR READERS.
Aug 06, 2012 05:12AM

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message 1: by Inge (new)

Inge New guidelines? Where?


message 2: by Brian (last edited Aug 06, 2012 05:36AM) (new)

Brian You and me both Archer.

Then again i've been a cynical old bastard for many, many years.


message 3: by Steph (new)

Steph Sinclair Inge wrote: "New guidelines? Where?"

GR has been busy hiding reviews and no vows to be more transparent. Here is the thread. It's insanely long.
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...

Today is the day they are releasing the new guidelines.

@Archer, I know. But I'm trying to remain optimistic.


message 4: by Inge (new)

Inge Oh wow, I have missed that completely.


message 5: by Missy (new)

Missy LaRae Don't take this the wrong way, but playing devils advocate you know what it boils down to is money. Like every other business out there they are going to take care to make sure their bottom line does not suffer. Readers aren't paying for premium accounts, ads, or banners, authors & publishers are.

In a tough economy their potential siding with authors has nothing to do with right or wrong it has to do with maintaining the advertising $ they are bringing in. This is just my opinion as a business owner. While I hope Goodreads remains a site for reviewers another casualty of the so called author-reviewer war may have been their income.

Bottom line is if it's bad enough & authors are abandoning GR that means they are probably taking their $ with them. Make it more author friendly you've got more potential advertisers still using the site.

That's just one observation though, and doesn't mean it's true but...


message 6: by Steph (last edited Aug 06, 2012 06:13AM) (new)

Steph Sinclair Missy wrote: "Don't take this the wrong way, but playing devils advocate you know what it boils down to is money. Like every other business out there they are going to take care to make sure their bottom line do..."

Oh, no doubt about it. This is definitely about the money. But honestly it's the readers that provide free content for the site and maintain its databases. Our reveiws are outsourced to other sites. All to profit GR.


message 7: by Valeria (new)

Valeria ...but readers are the one's who are buying the books and if we're unhappy we'll leave GR taking our $ with us. In a tough economy GR should be siding with readers because ultimately GR wouldn't even exist without us.


message 8: by Emilija (new)

Emilija Well this is the first I've heard of these 'new guidelines'. I'd like to stay optimistic, but I'm gravitating towards the other side of the spectrum.


message 9: by Angela (new)

Angela I thought it was GoodREADS not GoodWRITES.


message 10: by Katie (new)

Katie ^ This.


message 11: by Kala (new)

Kala We are the ones who bring the money to their site though. We buy the books that they advertise, not the authors. I'm hoping the guidelines aren't anything too different.


message 12: by Kai (new)

Kai "But honestly it's the readers that provide free content for the site"

Yep. I certainly don't spend so much time on this site looking at writers' Photoshopped pictures and long, rambling blurbs about their lives off the coast of Rhode Island or whatever the fuck. I come to read my feed. I don't want to have to friend everyone I follow like a stalker just to read the reviews GR authors whined about.


message 14: by Amanda (new)

Amanda The Book Slayer Well it is not as bad as I thought it would be.


message 15: by Amanda Pearl (new)

Amanda Pearl at least we can say if a book is trash lol. Maybe that should just be a blanket statement for drama llamas.

"This guy can't write a lick. This book is absolute trash."


message 16: by Amanda (new)

Amanda The Book Slayer Amanda (Pearl the Book Girl) wrote: "at least we can say if a book is trash lol. Maybe that should just be a blanket statement for drama llamas.

"This guy can't write a lick. This book is absolute trash.""


I like the way you think.


message 17: by Steph (new)

Steph Sinclair Amanda (Pearl the Book Girl) wrote: "at least we can say if a book is trash lol. Maybe that should just be a blanket statement for drama llamas.

"This guy can't write a lick. This book is absolute trash.""


Hahaha! YES!

Yeah, the guidelines aren't bad. I can live with them as long as I can find what I'm looking for on the book page and it's not completely hidden from me.


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