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message 1: by Halvor (Raknes) (last edited Jun 03, 2016 05:19AM) (new)

Halvor (Raknes) | 4770 comments I was instructed in the Feedback Group to ask this question here.

The librarian manual mentions "Goodreads policies for inclusion", but it doesn't link to where these can be located. Searching for this phrase only yields a plethora of books on inclusion and diversity.

Where do I find these policies?

Specifically what I'm looking to find out is whether samizdat editions and books that are only available as PDFs and not available through book retailers can be included.


message 2: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13747 comments https://www.goodreads.com/help/show/3...
https://www.goodreads.com/help/show/1...

These manual topics state Goodreads policies for inclusion in the sense that these items should not be included.

Therefore, books only available as (downloadable) PDF are considered books.

I don't know if samizdat editions meet the rule. I think it might depend on availability, how many copies were printed, etc. Or maybe they would fall into the same category as zines?
Rivka will have to decide about this.


message 3: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 43579 comments Mod
Since samizdat editions are by definition illegal and not really published, they should not be added to Goodreads. However, works released in PDF form only by their author or publisher (whoever owns their rights) are just fine.


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