Goodreads used to import their book information from Amazon. It was very convenient. When a book went up on Amazon.com or the Kindle Store, the cover image, description, publisher, etc showed up automatically on Goodreads.
No more. In fact, they are deleting books that were automatically imported from Amazon. Or you may find some of the detail missing, like the cover image, or book description.
If you're an author, check Goodreads to make sure your book is still listed. If it isn't, you or your publisher will need to plug in the information.
According to Goodreads:
"At Goodreads, we make it a priority to use book information from the
most reliable and open data sources, because it helps us build the best
experience for our members. To that end, we're making a major change.
"On January 30, Goodreads will no longer display book information that comes from Amazon.
data has been great for us for many years, but the terms that come with
it have gotten more and more restrictive, and we were finally forced to
come to the conclusion that moving to other datasources will be better
for Goodreads and our members in so many ways that we had to do it. It
may be a little painful, but our aim is to make it as seamless as
possible for all our members.
"Amazon data that we will stop using
includes data such as titles, author names, page counts, and
publication dates. For the vast majority of book editions, we are
currently importing this data from other sources. Once the imports are
done, those few remaining editions for which we haven't found an
alternative source of information will be removed from Goodreads.
ratings, reviews, and bookshelves are safe, but your data may be moved
to a different edition of the book. If we can't find a matching edition,
then your review will be attached to a book with no title or author.
But the good news is that there's a way you can help.
"Today, we are announcing new tools to help Goodreads Librarians source data for the books that need rescuing."
(Please go here to read the rest of the announcement, with instructions on how to add book information that has been deleted.)
Goodreads isn't being specific about just what these "terms" from Amazon are, which of course I find most interesting, and would like to know the whole story.
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