Goodreads and Me 3 – A Change in Heart IS on the Cards

Today, after having time to calm down and do some investigation I have had a change of heart regarding news I heard recently from Goodreads. Check out my posts Goodreads and Me and Goodreads and Me 2.

I will make a point of saying that sometimes I overreact and I think that I may have done just that. However, some questions still remain unanswered so we will see what happens as we move forwards.

In my first Goodreads and Me post I mentioned about adding books to a user-created shelf. I had pointed out that adding books to one of these shelves automatically added it to my “read” shelf, which in some cases I didn’t want this to happen. Deciding to do the sensible thing, I reached out the Goodreads community. I have been made aware that if I make a shelf “exclusive” in the settings, then any books added to that shelf will ONLY be added to the selected shelf. I must say, I don’t know why I didn’t think of asking earlier, I am so grateful to that community member. I am now able to add books that I want to read but DO NOT own yet onto my Goodreads catalogue. I attempted to transfer my Amazon wishlist, but the import function didn’t work (I followed all the instructions) so that will probably be my next job, ask the community what I did wrong.

Onto the second thing, today is the 13th July and WordPress integration should have stopped on the 12th. However, the review I added today allowed me to post directly to my blog. IF or WHEN they eventually remove that option, I have since found out (again through the community – thank you) that if I copy the HTML code from the side of my completed review over to WordPress it generates the same review as the automatic posting. I am hoping that they don’t stop that from being possible as part of the change.

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Finally, I have asked the community if the end of the WordPress integration will affect any previously published posts. I would hate for that to happen to all my reviews I have shared so far. I am currently waiting for an answer to this.

 

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GoodReads and Me 2 – Change is in progress

You may have seen my post about my experiences with GoodReads and how much I love the site that I posted a few days ago. (If not, you can check it out here).

I spent a good while gushing about how great it was and that one of the best things about the site was that I got to automatically publish my reviews from GoodReads, straight onto my WordPress blog.

Over the weekend, I checked my emails as I normally do, and noticed one from GoodReads that wasn’t the standard email update that I receive. Opening it and reading it, my heart sank. GoodReads had contacted me let me know that as of the 12th July 2017, they were no longer going to be integrated with WordPress. I would no longer be able to auto-publish my reviews.

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Whilst I understand that technology changes and things move forward, I am not happy about this change. Where they stated in their email that a “simple cut and paste solution” was the answer angered me even further. So, I emailed them back.

In my reply, I politely explained that this solution would not be the same as when the review is auto-published, it also includes the book cover, the star rating and a link to the review on GoodReads. I advised that this is time-consuming and also takes up memory on my (already limited) WordPress account.

I did find it incredibly presumptuous in their email when they said that they hoped I would continue to share my Goodreads reviews on my blog. It felt like they were deeming their website as more important to me than my blog. I was only using the auto-publish option as it was an easier way to transfer data. In future, all my efforts will be put into my blog and I may return to only brief reviews on their site.

As of yet, I have not had a reply but felt like sharing this with everyone.

GoodReads and Me

GoodReads is a website that acts like an online book catalogue and review site. It has thousands of books listed that members can log as “want to read”, “read” or “currently reading”. It allows the members to update progress as they read through books by offering the option of updating current page number or percentage for eBook users. GoodReads is now part of Amazon, it was originally its own company but Amazon saw the potential and made it part of their own quick growing portfolio.

I first joined in 2014 and have been a part-time user until the past 12 or 18 months when I decided it really was a good way of keeping track of what I was reading and what I wanted to read.

Around March of 2017, I made the decision to “wipe the slate clean” on my GoodReads account. I spent ages clearing every single book out of all my lists (and I had a lot). It was around the same time I started this blog, and I had ideas how I wanted my GoodReads account to look so a fresh start seemed the best option.
Now, on GoodReads, my “Read” list only includes books read during 2017 (moving forward it will obviously include books from future years), my “currently reading” is exactly that, no change there and my “want to read” currently only includes books that I own either in ebook or paperback.
One other feature I have just started using is the “shelves” option. Alongside the standard shelves, you can create your own shelves, call them anything you want and use them as a way to categorise your books. My only issue is that if you add a book to a user-created shelf, GoodReads automatically adds it to your read pile so my dreams of having a “Need to Buy” or similar kind of list went out the window with that one. I have to use my Amazon wishlist for this feature.

This photo shows my current shelves:
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I have linked my blog (this one) to my GoodReads account so I no longer have to copy and paste every time I review a book. GoodReads sends the review straight through to here as a draft so that I can edit, add categories and tags as required. This works so much better for me as in the past with other (failed) attempts at blogging, time was something I didn’t seem to have a lot of.

As a final question, to you, have you ever won anything from any of the giveaways listed on GoodReads? I’ve entered quite a lot but never won anything.

If you want to find me, my GoodReads profile is here.