Goodreads is chapping my hide
This is what it says on the Goodreads home page:
Have you ever wanted a better way to:
Get great book recommendations from people you know.
Keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read.
Form a book club, answer book trivia, collect your favorite quotes.
Nowhere on there does it say, “Have you ever wanted to be pitched other people’s books?”
I joined because I thought I would be turned on to other books that people read and liked. I didn’t think I’d be a sounding board for people who’ve written books and want to sell them. Goodreads has turned into a clearing house of people pimping their goods.
Maybe those schilling their wares should learn about inbound marketing. Are these the same people on Twitter who only tweet that I should download their latest ebook now? It sure feels like it.
I’m all for those who want to self-publish and self-promote, I just don’t want them doing it on my time. I think my biggest problem is that there is no way I can, or am willing to, sort through the tidal wave of self-published materials to find what’s up my alley. I have no way of knowing if the author’s friends and family are reviewing their books — there does seem to be a broad, supportive self-publishing community that give each other good press.
Maybe I’m biased, but I like that the books I read have been through not only the publishing gatekeepers, but also scores of reader reviews. I can’t remember the last time I bought and read a book based on marketing materials.
Yeah, I’m whining, and I’m probably making too much of it, but I can honestly say I haven’t come across a review on Goodreads that piqued my interest in months and it’s not from lack of getting updates about what people are reading. It has more to do with the fact that the people I’m friends with don’t have the same proclivities as me.
Just wanted to vent a bit.