This week I wanted to touch on the recent ‘drama’ with Goodreads and how I ‘deal’ with stuff like this. I also wanted to give some site recommendations to those who find themselves wanting to move on to a new site. For the record I’m not attacking, insulting, or picking on anyone. These are just my thoughts on the matter, pure opinion and that’s that. If the post becomes a problem I will not respond to those who chose to be uncivil, nor will I agree with those who attack others on my behalf.
So there was a recent announcement on Goodreads in the Feedback group (located here: Regarding Review) that has received some major ire from a lot of Goodreads users.
Some of this has kind of irritated me to be honest, because in my opinion this post isn’t shocking or outraigious. In fact I pretty much see where they are coming from. In the past year Goodreads has constantly exploded as an epicenter of author/reviewer and reviewer/reviewer fights, and it was honestly getting incredibly ridiculous. I remember when it was rare and I was actually interested enough to get upset with everyone else, but now I see it happen, I roll my eyes, and I move on.
People would say it’s because I’ve never had someone attack me over a review or I’ve never dealt with an unruly author, but the thing is I have. I dealt with it in a calm manner even when the author was not so calm and throwing accusations, I treated them with respect even when they gave me none. Life is short and I don’t have time to spend on petty review related drama, even when it’s centered around me. But at the same time I can look at my reviews and know that I haven’t crossed the line into being disrespectful or deliberately hurtful and I haven’t taken the time to single anyone out. I haven’t given anyone ammunition to single me out as a bully or an instigator. I understand about having opinions and wanting to voice them, but it’s important to remember that there is a human on the other end of this and you don’t know how they respond.
I digress, back to Goodreads. While I don’t entirely agree with everything they posted it is their site and their right to do so. As a Goodreads user I know that I’m borrowing space on their servers and each review I place on there is on borrowed bandwidth. I’m not entitled to anything. Yes I’d be pissed if they deleted my reviews without letting me know beforehand, but at the same time I know that if I did something that went against their TOS I’ve lost the right to complain. It’s the whole reason most sites make you click ‘I agree’ before you get the chance to fully access anything.
The same thing goes for shelves made to single people out. I will admit I keep track of authors who behave badly BUT I do not do it on Goodreads, I have a notebook. It’s a tiny cheap notebook I keep in my desk that has two purposes, to tell me which authors are acting like crazy people and to tell which books are re-worked fanfiction. Just so I have a heads up if I ever decide to read that person’s book in the future what I may deal with. It works for me because:
- It’s convenient and I can carry it to the store.
- No one but me knows who is on that list
- Drama free!
- No one can delete it. (Unless someone throws it away…in which case I can complain because I paid for the notebook).
So at the end of the day I know I’ll still be using Goodreads. I also use other book sites, but I don’t plan on deleting or moving unless they become cruel tyrants…which I don’t see happening really. So on to site recommendations:
Sites I’ve used:
- Book Likes: It’s kind of like a mix of Goodreads, Shelfari and Tumblr. You have a ‘blog’ that people can follow, where you can review books or make general posts. It’s linked up to Amazon and Kobo, maybe a few others but I’m not sure which. It also allows you to have personalized shelves. This site is growing fast and I really enjoy it.
- LibraryThing: I find this one to be really restrictive because it has a paid service and a free one. So you can kind of guess the free one only allows for so much use. It’s set up kind of odd as well, so it might not be for everyone.
- Shelfari: This one is more of a social type book site that really pushed group use. I’ve been using this one for a very long time and I like it but it’s not my favorite set up. It was bought out by Amazon a year or so ago.
- Riffle: This is a social media connected book cataloging app. It has a shelf system and you can connect with other people. I think it’s okay but I’m not really all that into it.
Sites I just found:
- Libib.com: This is a home library management app. I’ve never used it but I’m going to check it out just because I enjoy lists and catalogs.
- aNobii: It seems to have a shelf system as well as groups.
- The Reading Room: Another social book site that seems to have a bookshelf system and focuses on book clubs.