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Old 09-15-2020, 04:56 PM   #31
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I don't like reviews on GoodReads loaded up with GIFs. If I see a couple of those on a book, I assume the book likely isn't for me.
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I must be reading the wrong sort of books. I’ve never seen a GIF-laden review.
I've seen some of those reviews. I agree with ZodWallop - if I see GIFS, I assume I am not the book's target audience. Ditto if the review is full of pictures of actors that the reviewers posted to represent characters in the book.
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Old 09-16-2020, 02:50 AM   #32
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I'm curious: what was the error?

I far prefer LibraryThing to GoodReads. I used to be a regular user there that I sort of drifted away from when I moved to ebooks.
Unfortunately, LibraryThing will never be any contender for Goodreads as AbeBooks (now Amazon owned) owns a 40% share of LT.
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:29 AM   #33
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I stopped adding books I read, wanted to read and reviews when I realised that Goodreads was an Amazon data capture tool. Amazon should never have been allowed to buy it, Mobipocket, IMDB, Book depository, Abe Books and others.

Also they are totally inflexible about content removal. As mentioned in the article, the site doesn't even work very well.

Like Amazon, they also conflate illustrators and colourists as book authors!

StoryGraph seems to be on a second incarnation and seems poor. Their selection screen for filtering recommendations is also poor, though the idea is reasonable and works well on the TV broadcast Guide, Digiguide, which is far better than Radio Times, RTE Guide, Sky Onscreen Guide / Search or Freeview/Freesat guide/search.

The best alternative would be for Amazon to be forced to divest of companies that they should never have been allowed to buy. But we certainly don't want to see Goodreads owned by any Social Media Company, Apple, Microsoft, Google or Oracle. Or any company owning online or physical bookshops.

I don't know what the answer is for an alternative. We do still of course list our new releases on Goodreads. But be warned, even if no copies are yet sold and the cover is changed before release, Goodreads will not remove the never used invalid cover.

Also Amazon refuses to remove listings for totally withdrawn novels. It's reasonable that they should keep listings for merely out-of-print novels.
What do you use then? i only use GR to log books i have read as i used to use a spreadsheet but its too much maintenance lol
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What do you use then? i only use GR to log books i have read as i used to use a spreadsheet but its too much maintenance lol
I occasionally browse two or three physical bookshops, browse the many Charity shops in the City, except usually Oxfam as they are aimed at selling to rich people, sometimes the City's second-hand bookshop (many gone due to cheaper charity shops) check out recommendations from people I know, check PD sites for long gone authors, search for current authors I've read, sometimes add books I already know about to my Amazon Wish list. It's not long.

My TBR pile are ebooks already in Calibre or on reading devices not yet read and paper books I already have and haven't read.
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