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message 1: by Coeruleum (new)

Coeruleum | 4 comments I'm surprised every Neil Gaiman short story gets its own page, yet this strange work which was even featured in The Guardian does not.

https://github.com/cryzed/The-Interfa...


message 2: by Cassandra (last edited Jan 08, 2020 03:19PM) (new)

Cassandra (cassanj) | 4919 comments Coeruleum wrote: "I'm surprised every Neil Gaiman short story gets its own page, yet this strange work which was even featured in The Guardian does not.

https://github.com/cryzed/The-Interfa..."


Short stories should only be added to Goodreads if they've been published independent of an anthology and published using a proper source; however, that doesn't prevent users from adding them against policy (those that are found can be deleted at any time).

I'm not sure what you've linked here, but it's not an acceptable source to use to add something to Goodreads even if it were to turn out to be a valid edition of something.


message 3: by Coeruleum (new)

Coeruleum | 4 comments Cassandra wrote: "Coeruleum wrote: "I'm surprised every Neil Gaiman short story gets its own page, yet this strange work which was even featured in The Guardian does not.

https://github.com/cryzed/The-Interfa......"


It's a valid edition of a book-length creepypasta that made the news a couple of years ago, possibly some form of outsider art if the author believes it. I figured an experienced Goodreads Librarian could find all the information for a complete edition since it is a book.

https://www.theguardian.com/technolog...
https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi...
https://gizmodo.com/the-sci-fi-novel-...


message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42077 comments Mod
It does not appear to have been published in any format Goodreads recognizes.

It comprises a sequence of comments on Reddit posts. The version you linked above does not appear to have been made available by the author or their representative, but by some random person. So not an official publication. (I have no idea if GitHub is a site we would accept, if the author had been the source.)


message 5: by Coeruleum (new)

Coeruleum | 4 comments rivka wrote: "It does not appear to have been published in any format Goodreads recognizes.

It comprises a sequence of comments on Reddit posts. The version you linked above does not appear to have been made av..."


Well, lots of oral literature has been printed, and anthologies of a single author's work as well including diaries, letters, and personal items, so if I wanted an acceptable format to be cataloged, what would I have to do? The work is available for free to read unlike a diary and like an oral work despite the written format, so copyright seems like a non-issue even in the absence of the author. This is one of the greatest works of either performance art or outsider art ever and should be officially cataloged in some way.


message 6: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42077 comments Mod
Coeruleum wrote: "The work is available for free to read"

That does not make it exempt from copyright. The author would be the only one who could choose to publish the work in another form that Goodreads would consider a published book. It is my understanding they have chosen not to do so.


message 7: by Coeruleum (new)

Coeruleum | 4 comments rivka wrote: "Coeruleum wrote: "The work is available for free to read"

That does not make it exempt from copyright. The author would be the only one who could choose to publish the work in another form that Go..."


OK, thanks. Could I add unpublished books to my Read list in any way? I've read more than one unpublished book and it feels odd trying to keep an "official" tally with no unpublished books.


message 8: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42077 comments Mod
There is no way to add books that are not part of the Goodreads database to your shelves. (And when books that don't belong on Goodreads get added accidentally, a Goodreads Librarian is likely to notice sooner or later and delete them.)


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