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What's in a Review, Anyway?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 10.29.2012 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

It seems like there's a lot of ink being spilled recently about book reviews, so let me spill a little more.

Why I Don't Trust Book Reviews Online

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Nina Badzin

If every book is a "must-read," and "amazing," then how can people looking for suggestions take all this hyperbolic Tweeting and Facebooking seriously?

Racism, 'Revealing Eden' and STGRB

Foz Meadows | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

The number and severity of the problems present in Victoria Foyt's Revealing Eden are such that the novel ultimately serves to reinforce the very same toxic behavior it sets out to debunk.

Goodreads and the Rise of Digital Reviewing

Foz Meadows | Posted 09.24.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

The book blogger community is still essentially a frontier town, caught between laying foundations on the one hand and trying to deal with the regular influx of lawbreakers, businessmen, migrants and pioneers on the other.

Stop the GR Bullies: Get Over Yourselves

Ray Garton | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Ray Garton

When I taught creative writing, I discovered the majority of the people who took the class were interested in only one thing -- being told they were brilliant. That same attitude is behind the group Stop the GR Bullies, which is an embarrassment to writers everywhere.

Stop The GR Bullies: An Apology And An Explanation

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 09.19.2012 | Books
Andrew Losowsky

A lot of people today have expressed their anger at a blog post published on HuffPost Books, written by the creators of a website called Stop the GR Bullies. Here's what we did wrong.

Stop the GR Bullies: A Response

Foz Meadows | Posted 09.19.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

When I first became aware of the Stop the GR Bullies website, I blogged in some detail about why I thought it was a bad idea. Now that the site has been live for slightly more than a fortnight, my position on the matter has only strengthened

Why It's Time To Stop The Goodreads Bullies

Stop The GR Bullies | Posted 09.19.2012 | Books
Stop The GR Bullies

A community of writers and readers has been gathering to address what is happening on the popular user-submitted book review website Goodreads. Until now, victims of the bullying were too afraid to speak out publicly about their experiences for fear of being targeted.

Why I'm Boycotting 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Other Bestsellers

Hilary Sheinbaum | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Hilary Sheinbaum

The truth is, reading a bad book is like getting food poisoning. You could try again, but is it really worth the disappointment?

Pimping Your Book, Indie or Traditional

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

There are some differences in how traditional and indie books are publicized, but those differences are shrinking by the nanosecond.

Did that Bad Review Come with a Side of Ulterior Motives?

Kaitlyn Davis | Posted 02.20.2012 | Books
Kaitlyn Davis

How much can you trust book reviews on the web? Turns out, very little.

Why You Can't Trust Amazon Reviewers

IndieReader | Posted 02.04.2012 | Books

Love it or hate it, this is an exciting time in the publishing world. Technological advances have made the long, arduous process of publishing a book cheap, easy and fast--giving voice to millions of new authors and providing readers with a richer, more interesting selection of books.

For the Exhausted Author, Wellness Is on the T.V.

Suzanne Morrison | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books
Suzanne Morrison

Television. It's the greatest invention ever. Who needs Omega fats and deep breathing and flowing linen when you can wear the leggings & ripped t-shirt you slept in while gnawing on fancy beef jerky?

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Jennifer Egan On GoodReads: Can An Online Forum Really Be A Book Club? | Jo Piazza | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home

Online book club seems like an oxymoron. Book clubs after all are supposed to represent a kind of social gathering where like-minded people sit down t...

Goodreads Partners With First Book To Fight Illiteracy

GalleyCat | Maryann Yin on July 8, 2011 10:23 AM | Posted 09.07.2011 | Books

Goodreads has partnered with First Book, a charity group whose mission is to make sure children who reside in low-income communities are able to have ...

Top 20 Facebook Apps For Book Lovers

GalleyCat | Jason Boog on April 24, 2011 6:23 PM | Posted 06.25.2011 | Books

Not all Facebook apps are dedicated to Farmville-style social games. Goodreads has the most popular book related app on Facebook, counting more than 1...

Best Social Reading SItes: What Have You Been Spotted Reading In Private? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 06.10.2011 | Books

Are social reading sites changing the way we think about reading? Is it the new equivalent to reading in public? People can now start book groups with...

Need Advice On What To Read? Ask The Internet | CLAIRE CAIN MILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Netflix uses a software algorithm to recommend movies and Zappos uses one to recommend shoes. Now Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, is in...

Why I Give Everything Five Stars

Ben H. Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben H. Winters

In a world where Amazon sells everything from books to lightbulbs, then asks the consumer to rank his purchase from zero to five, I worry that we start to forget that a book is different than a box of lightbulbs.

Be Kind to the Author Whose Book You Can't Stand (or, Authors Have Feelings, Too!)

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

So my plea is a simple one. If you had a problem with my book or a part of my book, by all means talk about it, discuss it with others -- just make sure I'm not in the room, too.

Has Goodreads Jumped the Shark?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

What good is a rating that has nothing to do with someone actually reading your book? And also, why were so many people/authors falling for this?

The Perils Of Literary Social Networking | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last night, disturbed by anxieties only tangentially related to Goodreads, I had trouble falling asleep again, and eventually got up at three-thirty, ... Founder And Print Heir Says Reviews And Bookstores Dying | ByJames Rainey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Book reviews in newspapers, well, those are gone," the young Web entrepreneur told me in the most matter-of-fact way. "Independent bookstores are alm...

The 5 Best Book Recommendation Websites | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's disappointing to haul a book home from the library or shell out hard-earned cash at the bookstore only to settle in at home and find you don't en...

Betty White + Facebook = Book Sales?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Could I "bet" a bunch of people on Facebook and make a book a bestseller? Well, sure I could try. Why the hell not?