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Oct 20, 2014 01:46AM

31471 I've got stacks of emails with staff (Patrick and Rivka) on this issue, where they concluded my calendars counted as books. All the calendars had librarian notes and most had been part of giveaways with reviews. The review fokus is higlighted in long article by Goodreads founder
I've done enough giveaways over the years to see the clear shift away from a review intent to a win and resell on ebay.
Either way my titles are gone and I won't be participating in any more Goodreads free for alls.
Oct 19, 2014 03:12PM

31471 I've had quite a few interchanges with support and calendars with text are allowed as books. When i joined goodreads the giveaways were for the purpose of reviews. Why else would authors give away books. And in the beginning many winners wrote reviews. That clearly is no longer the case
Oct 19, 2014 01:55PM

31471 At least three of my art calendars have been on goodreads with super librarian notes to leave alone. One is now listed as not a book and all previous librarian notes deleted.
There is no way to trace once it's gone
As for goodreads giveaways it was marketed as a way to get reviews. Clearly that is not the case anymore
Oct 19, 2014 01:09PM

31471 Eva wrote: "D.A.-It's a copyright • Not your right to copy. wrote: "Eva wrote: "...It's against policy to delete anything with that many reviews but since librarians are volunteers, there's not much you can do..."

Odd, within hours of posting the above reply several more of my titles were deleted. Poof, gone, and the reviews with it.
Oct 18, 2014 10:50PM

31471 D.A.-It's a copyright • Not your right to copy. wrote: "Eva wrote: "...It's against policy to delete anything with that many reviews but since librarians are volunteers, there's not much you can do about it ..."

Ummm...it's not just against policy but ..."

Whether it was a librarian or staff doesn't matter. I had a title deleted with 9 ratings and 11 reviews. It simply disappeared with no warning. The only response I got was when it's gone, it's gone, we can't recover the data. The title had been a Goodreads Giveaway, which means it had been approved as a legitimate title, notwithstanding all the reviews in the system. That is not a rumor!
Sep 01, 2014 10:24PM

31471 Brigitta wrote: "I was hoping by offering five books in a giveaway, it would give my book exposure and a review or two. Unfortunately, I see the reviews aren't coming. The winners I sent the books to are actually r..."
I agree ... however there are bona fide reader/reviewers that do take the time to read the book and write good reviews. I wish Goodreads would take our feedback to heart and weed out the ones who aren't bona fide reviewers. I've lost faith in the program since so many of our books go straight to resell.
Dec 03, 2013 02:09AM

31471 Tracy wrote: "Hello- found this thread today when I was looking for Giveaway Terms and Conditions. I did a Giveaway in November for 3 winners and sent packages for them with stickers and personalized notes.

I ..."

At the very least report it to Goodreads.
Dec 03, 2013 02:08AM

31471 I think Goodreads needs to change their policy on Giveaways. If you win you are required to write a review and if you don't you can't enter any more giveaways. Anyone caught selling our books on ebay or amazon should be barred from the program. I don't see anything wrong with stipulating that you are not allowed to resell our books. Goodreads could start a member giveaway where the copies get recycled, that would be a neat way to keep the books in circulation for more reviews and exposure.
Sep 04, 2013 08:34AM

31471 All in all I've shipped 159 books to all over the world. Although it looks like I have 42 reviews, 9 of those are comments like "I hope I win," so in reality I netted 33 reviews.

I am grateful for the positive reviews that spun onto blogs all over, but the GR giveaway program is not an effective way to market your books.

Just like we are required to ship the books, the recipients should be required to post a review. Winners should be chosen from readers who actually post reviews on Goodreads.
Aug 31, 2013 02:36AM

31471 I've done 9 giveaways over the last two years for books and calendars. The review ratio is very low. I've had some really nice reviews though, and when they like you, they tend to blog and plaster it all over the internet, which is a good thing. But it's very hit and miss. Most of the review copies go straight to eBay without even passing a rating or text review. Some ratings make no sense, often with a comment like I hope I win. One of my calendars had about a dozen reviews and got deleted by a librarian in a quest to remove anything not a real book. They could not retrieve the lost data. It's against policy to delete anything with that many reviews but since librarians are volunteers, there's not much you can do about it. All in all, I'm about done participating in the giveaway program. If winners were selected from active reviewers I'd reconsider.
Latest giveaway was 5 copies which netted one review.
Here are a couple of blog posts about previous giveaways



As you can see the results are pretty dismal
Aug 18, 2013 11:51PM

31471 I've done a number of giveaways and generally few of the winners bother to write reviews. But the ones who do, and like my books, blog about it and often post reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well. I do wish Goodreads would redesign the program and scrap the name giveaway.
I've also tested Library Thing, where the review ratio is much higher.
Jul 01, 2013 07:03AM

31471 rivka wrote: "All reviews are public and visible on a book's page, regardless of the reviewer's profile status."

Thanks. That's good news
Jul 01, 2013 02:11AM

31471 Here is my Amazon Author Page
Great idea!
Eva Dillner
Jul 01, 2013 02:02AM

31471 I noticed on my last giveaway that several of the winners have hidden profiles. Does that mean their reviews, if they write one, only will be shown to their friends? That would seem to defeat the purpose of the Giveaway program.

I also think it's time to rename the program to something more appropriate, like Early Reviewers or Books for Review.
Jun 09, 2013 09:05AM

31471 Metaphysical Author and Contemporary Artist
I do books and calendars
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Jul 08, 2012 10:50AM

31471 I've tested the self serve ads and sales have improved since they started running. I've spent far less with Goodreads than I did with Google and Facebook ads, yet the results are much better. I like that the system resets daily, my sense is that the ads get a fresher rotation that way.
Dec 06, 2011 05:09AM

31471 Virginia wrote: "What kills me is my "family". I have even said, "You don't have to read it. Just buy it." Geez, $2.99 to support a family member? And some of them have huge networks of in-laws, etc. Some of it..."

I had to smile with recognition... very few of the people one would expect support from in this mannner actually do. However I discovered help from totally unexpected sources instead...
31471 Shawn wrote: "This is ironic timing, Vannessagrace. I just posted a blog about What Makes A Book A Bestseller? And I include facts about the New York Times you might find interesting.


Very interesting article, well done!
Oct 28, 2011 08:39AM

31471 mlady_rebecca wrote: "Shawn wrote: "Why enter a giveaway if one isn't interested in the book?"

Speaking as a reader, sometimes I sign up for a giveaway that I'm borderline interested in. Something that may be a bit out..."

Thanks Shawn... that clarifies things.
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Sep 20, 2011 10:18AM

31471 Rowena wrote: "Eva,

"(anonymous of course)" may not be the way to go.

If you do publish something someone else wrote, you really ought to obtain their written permission and give them attribution.

Consider how..."

Thanks for your thoughts. I was thinking more along the lines of comments that aren't personal, to use them as "readers say"
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