Once again I am dismayed at how a small group of disgruntled authors can muck up the arena of candid discussion about books. There has been a bit of a dustup over at Goodreads, and it has caused me to rethink my use of that site. Bowing down to pressure from said small group of rabid and very vocal self-pub/indie authors, Goodreads is hiding reviews now. With no notice to the reviewers. GR is working on issuing a new set of guidelines for reviewers, but they have been censoring reviews prior to publishing these new guidelines. Until this is settled fairly, I will be spending less time updating my reading progress there, as well as spending less time writing reviews for GR, which admittedly were just quick, general impressions of the books, and longer, more in-depth reviews here. I don’t want to waste my time supporting a site that censors free and open discussion, something that it claims to endorse. It is sad that the same group of noisemakers that are making it more difficult for their self-pub/indie pubbed peers to find willing reviewers are also interfering with my favorite social media platform.
Once again, I want to draw attention to self-pub and indie pubbed authors to the changes in my review policy. I no longer accept these books for review.
Have any of you changed your review policies after all of the drama-lamas have been screaming unchecked online? What do you think of the Goodreads situation? Do you use the site? Will this change how you use GR?
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New Arrivals at the Café:
Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Shattered Magic by Rebecca York
The Guardian of Bastet by Jacqueline M Battisti
The Bloodgate Warrior by Joely Sue Burkhart
Monster in My Closet by RL Naquin
Rise of Hope by Kaily Hart
The Superheroes Union Dynama by Ruth Diaz
Scandals Mistress by Bronwyn Stuart
Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 1) by Patricia McLinn (Free for Kindle!)
A Little More Scandal by Carrie Lofty (.99 for Kindle!)Night Is Mine (The Night Stalker) by M L Buchman (1.79 for Kindle)
The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe by Sabrina Darby (.99 for Kindle!)
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