Goodreads Has A Credibility Problem

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

A few months back, about when the finalists for the Dragon Awards were announced, my good friends over at ChinaMike’s House Of 770 Vile Aromas decided that the true measure of a book was the number of its ratings on Goodreads.

I don’t link to that Chinese Bot infested website, but the headline went something along the lines of “Have the Dragons Heard of Goodreads?” or words to that effect. The point was that some of the finalists were merely in double-digits in ratings while others were in the triple and quadruple-digit areas.

The problem with Goodreads is this: Anyone can leave a rating and anyone can have multiple accounts and Goodreads does nothing to prevent unscrupulous readers – and in many cases publishers willing to pay employees to create and oversee multiple accounts – to help inflate the numbers on certain books.

Don’t believe me? Allow me to prove it happens.

You see, earlier today I was engaged in a conversation on Twitter when some person flew in from out of nowhere and dropped a profanity-laced aimed at me. Here was my reply:

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Her response was to head over to Goodreads and, mind you today was the first time she had ever heard of me in her life, dropped 1-star reviews on five of my books. Shown here:

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If there is one thing that disappoints me is this: If you are going to troll me, do it right. Hit all 13 of the books on my GR dashboard, not just the first five. Show some dedication to the cause, Lyn.

Needless to say, I have pointed out her silly trolling to Goodreads and provided more than enough evidence that she never read a