Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.
This is the thread I started.
I was looking for a book online, found it on Google together with my review. Since it has the name Petra X which I haven't used that since the new GR censorship and deletion ToS started, that's a couple of months at least. I do not use Google books for anything at all.
I do not have the option to share reviews checked. In fact it is greyed out so I don't even have that option. What is the point of having a checkbox for sharing if GR is going to ignore it and allow 'partners' to use the reviews anyway?
I wonder how long this has been going on. I wonder how many commercial websites our reviews are being used to sell books on without our knowledge or giving permission?
I've just done a Google book search, There are 10 pages, over a 1,000 reviews you are sharing.
This is such a breach of trust. Please revoke your permission to share my reviews with any and all sites that are using them.
This is what Goodreads has to say on sharing,
"Goodreads allows some partner sites access to book reviews via an API. This access is granted in the spirit of openness with the goal of spreading the love of reading. Current partners include Sony, Google Books, WorldCat, and more. Uncheck this box if you don’t want the text of your reviews to appear on these sites."
This is what it ought to say,
"Goodreads allows some partner sites access to book reviews via an API. This access is granted in the spirit of openness with the goal of spreading the love of reading. Current partners include Sony, Google Books, WorldCat, and more. There is no way of opting out of this so if you don't want us to share your reviews, don't post them on Goodreads."
I wonder when reviews will start turning up on Amazon in the same way as Google? If they only post a few lines with a link according to what another member says about about fair use, they can just use all the reviews ever posted on Goodreads without telling the members anything. Just like the censorship and deletion change to the way the ToS was previously applied. Don't tell anyone anything, just go ahead and do it.
I would like to know what BookLikes policy is on sharing reviews with other websites? Particularly Google as if I delete all my reviews on GR, I don't want to find the same situation here.