An open letter to GoodReads

Yesterday Goodreads updated their review  guidelines, and started to enforce them directly.

While I am not affected directly by the new guidelines, since my reviews are short, and focused on the book, I am worried by the direction Goodreads have taken.

After all the drama recently, and Amazon buying them, it doesn’t feel as if their focus are on readers anymore. A part of me can understand why they felt the need to start curating reviews and shelves more. But I really don’t like the heavy-handed way they did it. It is not OK to delete shelves and reviews without warning.

The result, for me personally, is that I will not post reviews on Goodreads for the foreseeable future. I am not deleting my account, or the reviews that I have posted, since I feel that it is important that they are still available to readers.