Professionals and nonprofessionals on Goodreads: Behavior standards for authors, reviewers, and readers

Jolie C. Matthews*

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Abstract

In 2013, Goodreads, a social media Website for book lovers, announced policy changes that included the deletion of reviews that discuss an author’s behavior. These changes occurred after a series of author/reviewer incidents in 2012 and 2013. This article presents a case study of one of those incidents in 2012, when a Goodreads reviewer wrote a negative review of a novel, the author and agent responded on Twitter, and a public discussion ensued around behavior standards for both literary professionals and nonprofessionals. The above incident, and how it does or does not foreshadow the later changes in Goodreads policy, offers a lens through which to examine evolving reading and writing practices and literary censorship, as well as how nonprofessional book reviewers and readers conceive of their and literary professionals’ roles in a complex social media literary landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2305-2322
Number of pages18
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume18
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • Artist/audience dynamics
  • Goodreads
  • authors
  • behavior norms
  • online communities
  • readers
  • social media spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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