Changes to Goodreads

Are we having fun yet?

For those that don’t know/haven’t realised, anyone used to be able to add a book on Goodreads & would have a limited time to correct any mistakes. & most people did a good or at least reasonable job. Unfortunately the ones that did a bad job were spectacularly bad & often quite prolific!

So I do understand why Goodreads has decided to restrict adding new books, to Librarians, Support (Staff) & Authors, (& the bulk of books added to the GR data base are added by bots) but I am puzzled why they have picked to do it now! Numbers of Librarians responding in the Librarians Group are noticeably down. A lot of reasons for that, other than COVID. (although I believe that is a big one.)

All Goodreads Librarians can ask is;

Please be patient. We are unpaid volunteers. What may have take a few hours to get added in the not so distant past, may take a few days. Just keep bumping up your request every couple of days. Someone will get to you eventually. 😊

Another change, due to start taking effect in July (& they will be fully removed in September) is our lists of our Favorite Authors. Goodreads suggests we follow them instead – but most of my favorites are dead & I find the idea of following deceased people a bit creepy to be honest.

If you object to this change please use GR’s Contact Us link to voice your disapproval.

These are just the main changes – there are more, but to be honest they aren’t issues I care about.

This is the link on Goodreads Help but it may only work for Goodreads Help members.

https://help.goodreads.com/s/article/Why-are-you-removing-multiple-features-on-Goodreads

& finally, please don’t take out your frustration on Goodreads Librarians. We have little to no influence on anything Goodreads decides to do.

2 thoughts on “Changes to Goodreads”

  1. Hi Carol, thanks for the message. As I use the Android app, I haven’t connected with the Librarians at all. My main issue with Goodreads relates to their crazy algorithm recommending books after you finish one, which often bear no relationship whatsoever either to your TBR list, or what you have just finished. I also rarely read books with a reading score of less than 3, it’s rarely worth it, (Pamela is the rare exception.)
    Oh, and authors scoring their own books, a major pet peeve! Leaving a review is fine, but a score of 5 is a joke!

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