Preface: There is no book review today (because I was way too busy this week to finish a book what with finals coming up soon) and because I have something far more important to discuss today. And no, this cannot wait.
GoodReads has given into the monster that is Capitalism.
Let me first start by stating that I live in America. I am not a published author trying to promote books. I am a reader who believes in promoting the enjoyment of reading to anyone and everyone who shows interest (something we don’t do nearly enough of in America) and now GoodReads is trying to take that away from other countries and is going to make it difficult for self-published authors.
But before I get ahead of myself, let me explain…
If you have not heard yet, GoodReads is updating their giveaway system and it is complete and utter bullshit! This new system has two packages:
1) Standard Package ($199)
- Giveaway entrants auto-add the giveaway book to their ‘want-to-read’ list
- GoodReads users w/ the giveaway book on their ‘want-to-read’ list get a notification of the new giveaway
- Eight weeks post giveaway end, winners receive a reminder email to rate/review the giveaway book they won
- Giveaways are shown in both the giveaways section on GoodReads and the giveaway book’s page
2) Premium Package ($599)
- Giveaways get exclusive placement on the GoodReads giveaways homepage
- All benefits of the Standard Package above
Please note that both packages are for both print books and ebooks so the format of your giveaway will not be an issue. However, let me clarify one thing before you decide this isn’t ‘too bad.’
These prices are for one giveaway each!
You must re-pay these prices for EVERY GIVEAWAY YOU MAKE!
But that’s not all, ladies and gentleman. Oh no! GoodReads took it a step further with their bullshit by also stating this:
Our new program will initially only be available for giveaways for entrants who are U.S. residents.
Your Kindle ebook must be available in the Amazon U.S. marketplace to run a giveaway on Goodreads. (found here)
Are you fucking kidding me, GoodReads?! No, seriously. This has to be a joke, right?! Because there is no way you truly expect authors to stand for this shit. Oh! And did we completely forget the rest of the world? Did you finally fall into the black-pit of arrogance that is a staple of American culture nowadays by believing that America is the only country in the world?!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
In case you haven’t figured out just exactly what this new ‘plan’ is going to do, let me break it down for you.
Non-American authors will not be able to host giveaways (unless their book is on Amazon U.S.).
Non-American authors can only host giveaways in America, not their home country.
Non-American readers can no longer enter giveaways on GoodReads.
Self-publish authors will now be at a disadvantage because giveaways are controlled by money.
Indie publishers will be at a disadvantage because giveaways are controlled by money.
The Big 5 Publishers will likely be unaffected.
You want to know the funny part about my rant? This doesn’t even affect me at all, which is exactly what I eluded to in my opening statement, but that doesn’t mean I am not furious. That doesn’t mean I will sit by while GoodReads jips its members.
Because I know international bloggers. I know self-published authors. I KNOW how absolutely selfish, greedy, and pathetic this new plan is and I am willing to call GoodReads out on their shit because that’s exactly what it is. I’m not sure what entitled person sat in a room of other entitled people and decided: “Yes, this is a good idea. We need to set these packages at completely exorbitant prices which supposedly ‘reflect[s] the marketing value we are offering.'” But I know there is plenty of uproar about it and one lovely blogger, Laura @ BookCorps, has shared GoodReads’ survery regarding the new package plan.
But I am telling GoodReads right here and right now,
there will be a Reckoning.