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message 1: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina (forebodinq) | 150 comments I think something you are missing is that Goodreads is more a form of social media than a professional reviewing platform.

message 2: by Sabrina (last edited Aug 23, 2015 07:47PM) (new)

Sabrina (forebodinq) | 150 comments Is the rating itself not comment enough? As I'm sure you know, hovering over the stars will show you that 1 star means the reader didn't like the book and 5 stars means the reader thought the book was amazing.
There are plenty of books I have read that I have enjoyed for no reason other than the way they made me feel - something that can be hard to put into words, not to mention to explain, for other people.

Being part of Goodreads shouldn't require that you review every single book you read. It's more for people to track the books they have read and find more books to read. A rating is a simple way for a person to keep track of how they felt about a book, and if they don't want to write a review, so what? It's their own decision.

I understand this could be a difficult thing for some authors, but really, Goodreads shouldn't be the primary source of meaningful reviews. Amazon or other places that are more about reviewing should take that place.

message 3: by Dennis (new)

Dennis Maley It seems like to me the most important statistic is the number of reviews, in other words, a book with a thousand reviews is likely to be a better book than one with 5 5-star reviews. I don't think Goodreads readers pay much attention to what the reviews say, and authors aside, I don't know who does. I might be wrong. A high rating at Amazon is evidently the key to getting a slot with Bookbub. I don't know who else cares.

I don't go out of my way to post reviews except for friends. I'm not really that crazy about putting my reading portfolio on line for the paranoids to look at.

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