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I've seen discussions re: reviews disappearing from Amazon, but has anyone experienced this on GoodReads? 

I've had two reviews on GoodReads disappear in as many weeks.  Both reviews were positive (but not over-the-top fawning), they were not written by anyone I knew, or by someone trying to back door promo themselves...

Curious to know if this is common or not. 
 

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I haven't heard of it. None of mine have disappeared and no one else is mentioning it.  Perhaps those people have decided not to reviewe any books and took their reviews off, too.  Who knows? I don't know why they would pull reviews they had already done, but then I don't know why people do a lot of things... :)
 

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Caddy said:
Perhaps those people have decided not to reviewe any books and took their reviews off, too. Who knows? I don't know why they would pull reviews they had already done, but then I don't know why people do a lot of things... :)
I've actually heard people say they were pulling reviews both on Amazon and Goodreads. I wasn't clear on their reasons but it seemed they thought others would take offense at them. I noticed on one of my books recently it says there are 15 reviews but I can only find 14. I've stopped fretting about these sorts of things. As long as book sales stay decent, I just need to focus on writing and promotion.
 

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I've had reviews/ratings disappear from Goodreads. I'm not sure why it happens, but there's nothing we can do about it, so I just go on writing.
 

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Indeed it IS a quirky little site... 
 

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hmmm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2012/12/21/three-predictions-for-book-publishing-in-2013/

1. Goodreads becomes a bookseller.

This one is a bit more than a prediction. I have spoke with three sources familiar with the matter (though none of them are at the company) that have given me credible background on the matter: Goodreads, the massive social network dedicated to books and readers, will turn into a bookseller in 2013. When I asked founder and CEO Otis Chandler about it earlier this year, he said "not yet." When I approached the company with my information and asked for comment, a spokesperson told me, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation."

Fair enough and time will tell but let's think about this for a second. Why not?

The company has more than 12 million registered users who are all there for books and reading - they share book recommendations, find out about new titles and build massive lists of books they intend to buy and read. It already drives a lot of book sales at partner retailers through affiliate links. And it has great relationships with publishers (aka, suppliers) that it can leverage to build stock. So, why wouldn't the company try to sell books?

Well, for one, it's risky. Goodreads would likely be giving up its affiliate revenue to go after this and what if people don't buy? Second, it doesn't currently sell an e-reading device, so for ebooks, at least, it needs to sell through an app (and give a cut to Apple or Google) or sell files that users will upload to another device. Not a great user experience, though some booksellers are doing it (unless it sold or gave away an e-reading device - not so far-fetched as the costs of those devices approach $0). And on the print side, there are a lot of logistics issues the company would have to solve.

That said, it's happening, folks. So get ready for a bookseller born of the social media era in 2013.
Maybe some of the "hilarious" mob takedowns are bad for business?

eta: Indies can sell books there right now, I believe. I tried it last year, but had some serious issues with the sampling giving out the entire book, so I just gave up.
 

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I've had a couple of reviews disappear from two or three of my books at GR in the past weeks. Since I know the total number, I noticed, but I have no idea which particular reviews they were or if anything really did disappear. My experience with GR is that its database doesn't do math very well. When I try to look at the reviews in the order that should put newest ones first, it often has something recent buried in with months' old stuff or even in the wrong year.
 

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The reviews I have on Goodreads are all messed up. It says I have 18 rating ... but if you click the "rating details" only 9 show up.

It's a quirky little site.
If you edit your details you can refresh the data on your ratings (link to do that is on the right side of the edit page). I do this like once a week. Sometimes that little graph updates correctly when I get a new review, and sometimes not. It takes like 2 seconds and then everything is current.
 

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But Goodreads already sells books. I sold a fair number of Baby Dust there when it first came out. Only a few months ago did they stop taking new books, and I'm guessing it's because they are beefing up the interface to sell them in a better way.
 

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hmmm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2012/12/21/three-predictions-for-book-publishing-in-2013/

Maybe some of the "hilarious" mob takedowns are bad for business?

eta: Indies can sell books there right now, I believe. I tried it last year, but had some serious issues with the sampling giving out the entire book, so I just gave up.
I put up samples just last night and it worked beautifully. You can adjust the sample percentage on the fly, too. It says in the FAQ that you will see the entire sample if it is your book. You need to log in on a different account and check. Where it says 'End of Excerpt', it really is the end of the excerpt that is viewable by others.

I was disappointed to see they were no longer accepting sellers. I hope they do indeed bring the option back.
 

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Just to not scare others, I also know of quite a couple of writers who used to leave reviews on Goodreads but have taken them offline because they were gonna approach editors and publishers this year and didn't want to scare them away with bad reviews on books they worked on.

That also might be an explanation of the problem...
 

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I put up samples just last night and it worked beautifully. You can adjust the sample percentage on the fly, too. It says in the FAQ that you will see the entire sample if it is your book. You need to log in on a different account and check. Where it says 'End of Excerpt', it really is the end of the excerpt that is viewable by others.

I was disappointed to see they were no longer accepting sellers. I hope they do indeed bring the option back.
The system was buggy at the time we tried it. Another author (T.S. Welti, I think) had the same issue. It was at a specific time, so may have been temporary, but it was enough to turn me off. I am not against selling there, of course! I probably will, once/if they get going.
 

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I haven't had reviews disappear, but my number of people who "added it" as a "to-read" has been steadily dropping. I've lost 13 of them in the past month. I can only surmise that people are leaving Goodreads, or that some of them are editing their "to-reads" and deciding mine is no longer worth having on their list. That's hard to believe since many readers have thousands of them, and it's more like a "like" than an intention to purchase, or seems so to me.
 

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Thanks to all the folks who commented here.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who has experienced weirdo witchcraft (or whatever it is) at GoodReads.
 
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