I’m not going to rehash the whole sordid Goodreads debacle. Most if not all of you are already aware of their clear new direction moving away from a reader-friendly site. I haven’t deleted my account there (I tend to hold on to accounts for a little while, just-in-case type of thing), but I’ve decided after contemplating about it for a week or so that I no longer desire to aid Goodreads by adding content to their site. This isn’t easy. I mainly used the site to help me keep track not just of what books I’ve read, but any notes (status updates) I left on them. Since I tend to forget details too easily when reading, I used their status updates function to remind me of highs and lows of books, for review purposes. Beyond that I’d occasionally interact with fellow readers, and I’d come to enjoy talking to them there. While the drama that could take place there wasn’t always easy to ignore, I also appreciated that Goodreads wasn’t trying to silence the community overall. Like many, I too want to know if an author is being a legitimate douche canoe to readers. I don’t wish to inadvertently support them. Now Goodreads has something in common with them!
Funnily enough, about a week after Goodreads went after certain people, deleting their content without any prior warning, I got an email from Goodreads, asking me on a typical scale of 0 to 10, how likely was I to recommend their site to a friend. My answer, a big fat DUH ON YOU ZERO:
I decided today to try out BookLikes and I’m hoping they’ll soon add a notes or status update feature similar to the one on Goodreads (with a correspnding Kindle Fire app) so I can get back in my reading comfort zone. So far they seem worlds above Goodreads in customer service, but in all honesty anyone might at the point when one of your favorite book sites seems to have utterly betrayed a trust. So we shall see! You can find me at BookLikes here.