Otis Chandler Otis's Comments (member since Apr 18, 2007)

Otis's comments from the Goodreads Feedback group.

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Jul 05, 2011 01:54PM

1 We only have that placement on the homepage, we will only ever put book or book-based-movie ads there, and the ads will never run for more than a day or so.

Apologies for the annoyance!
Jul 01, 2011 05:59PM

1 Several of my friends have got NY business addresses and are doing their business with Amazon from there.

My understanding is if they have any presence in CA it wouldn't matter. Not sure who is policing that though.
Jul 01, 2011 03:57PM

1 Yes, as of yesterday we no longer get commission from Amazon links. But they have been in touch with us and are willing to work together. So for the time being, I am hopeful that it won't end up being a big change for us.

Goodreads has always prided itself on being as agnostic as possible when it comes to which ecommerce sites we link to, and we certainly intend to continue that. People value being able to choose!

This is a good spot to say that unrelated to Amazon's CA announcement, but perhaps with good timing, we have been working on importing books from ONIX so that we aren't subject to Amazon's Product API terms and can link to whatever booksellers we want (which would be all of them, vs just Amazon). We are excited about that.
Jun 27, 2011 04:51PM

1 I bet this is ad-related. Can you screenshot the ad you see if it happens again?
1 Is this still a problem?
Jun 24, 2011 06:20PM

1 We are back! We finally got ahold of a real person at FB and got re-enabled, on the original app. All posts (at least on my profile) have re-appeared.

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Jun 23, 2011 09:45PM

1 Glad you like it!
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Jun 22, 2011 11:01AM

1 Any chance you can put the quote of the day on the general quotes page, or at least add a link from the quotes page to the quote of the day page?

It was supposed to go there - good catch!

We accidentally sent a email to a few folk who weren't subscribed on day one, but since then it only goes to people who have explicitly opted in, which you can do on the quote of the day page or in the my account => emails area.

Hope you like it!
Jun 03, 2011 09:53AM

1 The emphasis on recent releases / "movers & shakers" just makes the page feel like it's more for publishers to pimp their books than for readers to explore and make their own discoveries.

Those are not paid spots - they are based on what is popular, with the goal of helping people find interesting new books. The one thing I will promise is that when we are being paid to promote a book it will say that clearly.
Jun 01, 2011 11:22PM

1 @ElizabethS - couldn't you just follow the person and find their review that way? Though that wouldn't work if their profile was private.

I suppose I could see that being able to search reviews of a particular book could be interesting. Seeing more use cases of that would help though!
Jun 01, 2011 11:20PM

1 I agree the sorting is less than useful. I had thought perhaps that sorting by date you read the books would be more useful, as then you'd at least see books you recently read. But you could still miss out on things? Any ideas here?
Jun 01, 2011 06:13PM

1 Flixster/Rottentomatoes is what I usually refer people to when they ask this. Not sure how many people want to catalog movies the way they do books though?
Jun 01, 2011 05:55PM

1 The user_status/list/ being available for private profiles is a bug - we will fix that asap.
Jun 01, 2011 05:49PM

1 You can always search on Google if you need free text search. For instance to search for reviews by me: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid...

I'm not sure this is a valuable enough feature to enable ourselves. What is the problem you are trying to accomplish by needing this?

And as mentioned, we'd have to make sure we adhere to privacy settings.
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Jun 01, 2011 05:31PM

1 At Book Expo last week I had a realization: books are sold through strong recommendations (which I knew), and a large degree of those are often generated through the media (the extent of which I didn't fully appreciate).

Goodreads has been built on the belief that recommendations from friends or interesting people you follow are best. But there are often times when a book is mentioned in the media (NYTimes, NPR, Oprah, or really any notable person) and that is enough to drive a lot of interest in the book.

Goodreads currently does nothing to capture these external recommendations, and I think it might be time to start. I'm envisioning a new section on the book page, perhaps titled "In The News", where it would list recent and popular articles that discuss the book. These could be New Yorker essays, NYTimes reviews, prominent book blog posts, NPR blog posts, etc. Each one would be accompanied by a choice excerpt and have a link to read the original on their site.

It bothers me each time I read a post on http://www.themillions.com or the nytimes or some prominent blog that discusses a book and I can't share that on Goodreads. These media mentions are an important part of the discussion of the book, and we have no good way to incorporate them into Goodreads.

I also can foresee a page that lists "recent news about books you've read" - which I think might be really cool.

The way I think this would work is that there would be a page to submit a book news article. It would accept the url, a choice excerpt, perhaps the name of the author of the article, the book(s) mentioned, and perhaps a categorization (book review, author interview, mention, etc).

On the book page we'd list articles using a combo of factors (recency, popularity of the article, reputation of the author of the article). I acknowledge that making sure we have good content there will be a challenge, but it's one I think we can overcome. I don't really want to get into how we'd do that in this thread - I'd rather assume we can do it - and stick to discussing how much value these things would add.

What do you all think? On a scale of 1-10 how much would you like to see this? How much do you think it would help people (perhaps less book-savvy people than the ones in this group) decide whether or not to read the book?
Jun 01, 2011 03:35PM

1 Yeah - this is on the list :)
Jun 01, 2011 03:34PM

1 Agreed. It's just a little hard to do at the moment!
Jun 01, 2011 01:50PM

1 This will exist in our upcoming recommendations. And it would be great for trivia too. Not sure though if taking books out of lists would make sense as then we are messing with the content.
May 18, 2011 06:35PM

1 I'm curious which page you were on? The homepage? We get this question occasionally and I'd love to know if there is a way to make it more apparent...
May 17, 2011 05:52PM

1 I'm curious about book descriptions. They come from all kinds of sources: from the publisher, the author, the bookseller (Amazon, B&N, etc), and sometimes even from Publishers Weekly.

Goodreads currently just accepts one description, and relies on librarians to help fix it if we pick a bad one. I have two questions:

1. Would it be worthwhile to have Goodreads store multiple descriptions and let librarians pick the best one?
2. Are the descriptions we have good enough? Are there examples of bad ones? Would it be worth putting effort into finding or writing better ones?

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