The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves – August 5 Edition

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

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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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library. Click here to learn more about it.

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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6 thoughts on “The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves – August 5 Edition

  • August 5, 2012 at 8:44 am
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    Nice selection. Outpost is the only one we have in common though. I stopped accepting self-published books a while ago because I was tired of the poor level of editing I saw in most of them. I do post the same review to my blog, LibraryThing and GoodReads but otherwise stay away from any GoodReads drama. My new book posts are at Inside of a Dog and Ms. Martin Teaches Media. Happy reading!

  • August 5, 2012 at 10:22 am
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    Nice haul this week. I stay away from drama on GR and Twitter too. I use GR basi ally to keep up with my TBR list. Other than that i have been doinv my updats myself on Twitter. With 2 kids 2 dogs and a husband, I think I have enough drama in my life :) Enjoy your week.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever
    http://booksliveforever.com/?p=3113

  • August 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm
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    The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe by Sabrina Darby looks good , well truth be told they all look yummy. Outpost is book two of a series i want to read. :( With regard to review policy, I still accept Indie but i added a clause about gifted books not being a promised review etc. I love Goodreads and hope they clear this up in a way that is appropriate and protects my free speech. Awesome week on the blog! Thanks for being a part of The Sunday Post

  • August 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm
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    I’m disheartened by the whole GR situation too. I hopeful the drama will pass soon.

    Great haul this week!
    My Sunday Post

  • August 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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    Great haul! I should really start reading Enclave. I’ve heard many amazing reviews for it! :)

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