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Where do you (cross-) post your book reviews?

So I spent the last couple of evenings getting all my older reviews posted on Amazon. For a while I had resisted since I’m generally not an Amazon fan, but then Amazon Vine started looking shiny again…. This got me wondering what everyone else’s cross-posting habits were and where they post their reviews.

Goodreads

I had a completely different paragraph here until Goodreads decided to start deleting reviews and shelves randomly (yes, perhaps not randomly, but hypocritically and fairly random). For now I haven’t really found an alternative I like enough, but I’ll be exporting my books frequently so that I’m less likely to lose reviews if they are deemed “bullying.”

Amazon

Of course, how this whole post got started is Amazon. As a friend of an indie bookseller, I have loyalty issues against Amazon. I’m also annoyed that I can’t link to my blog from my reviews to try to get more visitors (which is kind of why you cross-post right?). However, Amazon Vine is the shiny light at the end of the tunnel. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an invite only review program. I assume that you have to have a high enough review ranking to get invited? Someday perhaps ;-). I also get annoyed with Amazon because it doesn’t allow early reviews to be posted unless you belong to Amazon Vine. I cross-post when I write a post, which is often before the book has come out, but Amazon won’t let me D: This inevitably means I end up forgetting to cross-post until I go on a spree….

Barnes & Noble

So I’ve only briefly looked over at B&N’s online site. I have seen from other bloggers’ review policies that some people do cross-post to B&N. I think when I looked at their policy, they also don’t allow links, right? So this makes me wonder if there is a motivation beyond just helping out the book to post to B&N. Thoughts?

The Book Depository

A while ago I enrolled in TBD’s affiliate and reviewer programs, however I haven’t actually ever been contacted to review a book. Is this because they have a similar metric for how many reviews you’ve posted and how helpful they are? Does anyone cross-post reviews to TBD?

LibraryThing

LT has the bonus that it is really easy to sync your GR reviews over. This means that once in a while I just got over to LT and have it sync with Goodreads and I’m golden. I’m a part of their Early Reviewers program and have gotten a couple of books from that, and they once again state that if you review more books, you’re more likely to win. That seems to actually have made a difference for me since I’ve been winning more lately.

BookLikes

BookLikes seems to be the best alternative to Goodreads at the moment. It has a nice user interface and has promised that it will stay independent. Since it’s easy to import your Goodreads books, there isn’t much of a reason not to. However, there are some things I hope they implement soon: groups, reviews of friends ranked above other reviews, easier searching….

Various other book tracking sites

I know there are a lot of other sites that are doing the GR/LT thing. Anyone love one of them so much that that site is where they post reviews?

Where do you post reviews besides your blog? What is your reasoning behind where you post reviews? Anyone have more insight into Amazon Vine for me? >.>

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

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  1. I’m very disappointed in GRs new policy and am also backing my reviews up on Library Thing and Booklikes. I’m also a member of Shelfari (even longer than GR) and it is the most social of the GR alternatives with groups and liking reviews and such.

    Thanks for the post.
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    • Yup, that’s the safe thing to do, unfortunately Shelfari is also owned by Amazon, so I’m a little nervous about what their policy will look like too :/

  2. Yikes! I am way too lazy to even post on GR and Amazon. How much more if we’re talking about all the other sites mentioned above? Hahaha. I even forget sending feedback to NG sometimes.

    But after knowing about Amazon Vine, I am really determined to continuously post my reviews there. The perks of being an Amazon Vine member really made me drool. And the recent changes in GR made me aghast. I am really planning to transfer to a new site but I’m still thinking about it.

    Thanks for sharing all of these!
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    • Agreed about Amazon Vine! Apparently it’s a combination of consistency (so make sure to post your reviews every week, not just all in a lump once a month or something), and high positive feedback. I’m liking BookLikes, highly recommended :)

  3. I post to Goodreads and Amazon – mostly just to be nice to the authors (but I do post my link on my GR reviews – am I not supposed to do this?). I really love Goodreads, so I can’t see giving it up, but after reading this post, I do think maybe I should check out the other sites you mentioned (especially if I can easily sync them to GR). Cross-posting takes up precious time! I’ve been curious about Amazon Vine, but I don’t know what you have to do to get an invite and obviously I’m not doing it! :0
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    • You’re totally allowed to post a link in Goodreads, I had all of mine with links :)

      Yup, LibraryThing and BookLikes are both very easy to import your goodreads books to. Amazon Vine is their early reviewers program but it’s invite only (I think based on your reviewer rank and the lunar cycle >.>), so who knows if I’ll ever actually get to do it, haha

  4. I tried to crosslink with TBD, but I’m just not that often there (trying to avoid buying too much books :p) so it’s too time consuming. I think that I’m still going to stick with Goodreads.. I don’t agree with their new policy, but I still love it’s concept and it’s a good platform to find new books. Booklikes just doesn’t feel right..
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  5. I pretty much post my reviews to my blog and to GoodReads, with links on Twitter and Facebook going back to the blog. I used to use LibraryThing, but that fell by the wayside and I’m really not too keen on them anymore since they said they would do something and then just didn’t bother. And I really need to get caught up with cross-posting on Amazon. I too dislike that they won’t let you post early reviews unless you’re a Vine member; there are tons of reviewers who get ARCs other ways than through them, after all. But them’s the breaks, and I can sort of see why they don’t want to open that can of worms to everybody.
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    • What did they say they would do and didn’t? *curious*

      Haha, yeah given the mini-drama over early reviews on goodreads, I can understand that, but it still frustrates me ;-)

  6. I usually only use Goodreads, but after the recent events, I think I’m just going to stick exclusively to my blog. I’ll still have the ratings to keep track of what I read, but I’ll stay away from future posting just in case. My blog is where I want the reviews anyway, and cross-posting takes time that I may not have in the future. I don’t usually go on Amazon, unless the author specifically asks. I doubt some of the reviews on there, especially if a book only has all-positive ones.
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    • I’ve been thinking about that approach too, though I enjoy being able to check a book review site and seeing what all my friends thought of it… sigh, so conflicted! Amazon is definitely sketch at times, but I know that it’s important to authors since that’s how they often get sales, so I’m the same in that I’ll cross-post if the author asks.

  7. I only post my reviews on Goodreads and my blog, and I will keep doing it like that. I think my reviews are also all on BookLikes because I synchronised it with Goodreads, but I don’t like posting them on Amazon. I’ve never been attacked about a review on Goodreads, but I have been harassed multiple times on Amazon.

    As for the affiliate program with Book Depository – you don’t have to review on your own to be contacted about a book. I’ve read two for them now, but maybe ever posted a max of three reviews on there that were my own
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    • Have you thought about what you’ll do if Goodreads starts auto syncing to Amazon?

      Thanks for the info! I think they probably don’t want to send me stuff since I’m in the US, but maybe someday ;-)

      • Will they start auto-syncing? Cause I don’t know if I’d want to subject myself to that – maybe I’ll follow other people that only use ratings on Goodreads but no reviews.

        Hm, didn’t TBD also have an US branch? Usually I’m hard pressed for ARCs too in the Netherlands, but so far that hasn’t been an issue. Maybe there just haven’t been any fantasy review books available (:

        • They haven’t said anything yet, but I’m suspicious given how heavy handed they’ve been lately >.>

          Hehe, entirely possible! TBD is kind of a mystery to me, and I definitely have enough books to read as it is!

  8. If you look here: http://us.macmillan.com/warrior-1/JenniferFallon – you’ll see GR reviews at bottom, including mine (under Shari, they left off the Mulluane part of my name, shrug.)

    As far as Pinterest, I wrote a post for that!

    http://oldbatsbelfry.blogspot.com/2013/08/Pinterest-for-book-blogging-tips.html

    I eventually get around to Pinterest about mid page. I was a bit long winded that day, too much caffeine I think… ☺

    Meanwhile, don’t worry, I not only pin mine but I pin yours and any others that catch my eye or fit one of my boards ☺

    But one warning, Pinterest is very very addicting, but in a really fun way.
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  9. In addition to Pinterest, GR and LT. I cross post a few to tumblr, and monthly I post a roundup (links to recent reviews) on my – http://bookblogs.ning.com – blog page. (When I remember.)

    I like GR because even though the reviews are no follow links, other sites like Macmillian Publishing, pull those feeds and display them on their book pages. If I remember right, in addition to driving native traffic. the feeds once reposted elsewhere show up as high ranked backlinks on my google webmasters account. I can’t swear to that without double checking, but I do know I get traffic from GR reviews that do not come directly from GR.

    I paid for a lifetime membership to LT years ago. I think they ran a special on it for pretty cheap. Might be something to watch for.

    Personally, I’m kinda afraid to crosspost too much. Always heard that too much duplicate content was a SEO no-no. That’s is why I either do just links or snippets with link back to full review.
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    • With Pintrest, do you just pin the book cover? I don’t actually understand how that all works >.> <.< Interesting, I hadn't heard of that happening with Goodreads reviews/links, I probably haven't had it happen ;-) I have a lifetime membership too! They just let you choose how much to donate, so I did something like $15, easy peasy :) Mm, yes, that does sound familiar, though I also remember reading something about not worrying about that anymore, SEO confuses me <.<

  10. I just use goodreads and librarything, although I didn’t know you could automatically sync, so I’ll have to look into that! That’s sounds wonderful. I was using amazon for a while, but my ratio of helpful to unhelpful votes was depressing me and I can always use netgalley, edelweiss and the library for free books, so I decided not to bother with amazon
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    • Yup, LibraryThing has an “import books” that grabs your goodreads csv file and you just have to upload it!

      Aw, I’ve had a couple times when people left some nasty comments, but so far I’ve been lucky with the helpful votes. I’m mostly just obsessed with goals that don’t really matter >.> The whole fact that it’s invite only just demands that I try, haha

  11. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Mostly I just post to Goodreads and Chapters/Indigo. Amazon I always forget because they won’t let me post early, sometimes I will cross post there but usually only review books that authors have sent me. But other than that, it’s mostly just Goodreads..lol I’m probably going to stick with them because I don’t think anything of mine has been deleted, I generally don’t make many shelves and don’t attack authors, so I think my stuff is safe. :P If I don’t like a book and give it a low rating, I explain why but it’s never because of the author. Who knows though, maybe they have deleted something and I haven’t noticed. I don’t agree with them deleting at all, it’s just the easiest thing t use for me right now.
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    • What is Chapters/Indigo >.>

      I have a shelf of books that I want to remember not to support because the author has demonstrated they aren’t someone I want to support, though it’s just called “don’t read.” I really just don’t agree with them that authors shouldn’t be considered alongside their book. If there are books I want to remember not to read, that’s my own business and I don’t agree with their new policy *shrugs*

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        It’s a Canadian bookstore :)

        Yes, I completely understand, I think people should have every right to be able to make whatever shelves they want and to make any notes they want on the book’s review section. Them moderating it isn’t right because then it just gives the authors that are acting like a bunch of jerks no incentive to stop. Why would they when there isn’t really any long term backlash from it? So I don’t agree with it at all. Sometimes the things certain authors say is horrible and they can really treat readers like shit, so why should we not be allowed to let others know about if we want to.

        I’m not saying it’s wrong to want the ability to do that without having Goodreads delete it, I think it’s everyone’s right. I’m just saying I myself don’t really do it, plus I like other aspects of Goodreads, so I will be sticking with them for now.

        • That makes sense :D

          Completely fair, I’m struggling with that decision right now too since Goodreads has the features I want to use and I don’t have shelves that are really in that much danger. I probably won’t move until an alternative has convinced me that it has what I need. Booklikes is also crazy slow right now because everyone is importing books D:

  12. I generally post to Goodreads and Amazon. If I get the book from Smashwords there as well, but you can only post if you have obtained the books from them, the same for Netgalley. I have also been trying to put together the posting for Pinterest, but this is very time consuming and I have not gotten caught up with that. I have had lots of trouble trying to post to Barns and Noble with a password issue every time so I have not bothered there in quite a while. I do this for fun and hopefully it will help other readers finds some tasty reads and promote some new and interesting books / authors, but if it stops being fun and I have to jump through too many hoops there comes a time when I have to say enough.

    • Completely understandable! I didn’t realize that Smashwords only took reviews if you got the book from them, good to know!

  13. Moving to BL this weekend, and I will wipe out the content for my GR page soon.

    Thanks for the article.

    • Do you not use Groups that often? I want to move over completely but it just pains me since BL doesn’t seem to be showing many reviews…

  14. In the past, I’ve mostly just been posting my reviews to Goodreads and Amazon. I don’t always post to Amazon because sometimes, for some reason I can’t figure out, it won’t let me post a review on whatever book. I thought at first it was only allowing me to review books I’d purchased on Amazon, but that’s not the case. So I dunno.

    I’ve joined Booklikes and a lot of my stuff is posted on there, because I synced my account to Goodreads. BUT. When I did that, it also effed up my GR account and I got annoyed and unsynced them. SO. My GR is more up-to-date than my BL page. Sigh. It seems like a lot of people are moving over to BL now that GR has made that announcement, but I don’t know if/when I’ll officially start using it over GR.

    I used to use LibraryThing, like, YEARS ago but haven’t gone there in a long time. I like that it’s so easy to sync it up to your GR though, so I think I’m going to do that, if for nothing more than a backup.
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    • It’s probably if you are reviewing a book that hasn’t come out yet, since they only allow Amazon Vine people to post early reviews *sigh*

      What happened when you synced them? I just did and now I’m worried D:

      Yeah, I’m mostly focusing on backing up everything now and hoping that GR realizes the error of its ways….

      • No, it’s not that either. I’ve tried posting reveiws for books that are out. I have no idea, but whatever, I don’t care much about Amazon reviews.

        With BookLikes… the problem is that I had already added all my 2013 reads to BookLike before I realized that I could sync it to my GR account. So once I did that, I had like 60 duplicate books on my BL shelves. So I went through and deleted all the ones I had added manually (it was easy to tell because I had tagged them differently than I had tagged them on GR, and the GR ones came over with all my GR tags). But since I had my BL account synced to my GR account… when I deleted all of those books… they are all deleted from my GR account — along with all of my reviews for them! I had to spend a lot of time not only cleaning up my BL account but then adding those books and my reviews (and tags, and read dates, etc.) BACK onto my GR account. I was SO ANNOYED that I just wanted to quit BL altogether. -_-

        By the way, I went to make a LibraryThing account and tried ti import all my books from GR. Apparently free accounts only allow up to 200 books, and I was trying to import over 900… Soooooooo… I deleted my account, lol. GAH!
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        • Wow, that’s weird, yup no point driving yourself crazy!

          Oh no! I had forgotten that I got a lifetime account with LT since you can choose how much you pay, so it’s not actually that much, less than a book! I’m so sorry that that happened with BL, but thanks for the warning D:

          • Hmm… It wanted me to either pay $10/year or a designated amount for a lifetime membership. I don’t recall it letting me choose how much to pay. Also, I can’t even SEE the prices, apparently, unless I’m logged in. And since I deleted my account, I can’t login. And if I try to recreate my account, it says my username is already taken. Yaaay. =/
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          • Well crap, I guess they changed it! D: Oo, that’s a database problem, they should be updating it more frequently *sigh* you just can’t win my dear D:

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