Sexo drogo y rock y rollo. Graffiti seen on a wall in the harbour of Oporto where the yacht I was on was tied up. I knew I was going to have fun then. Later, on the same cat I sailed the Atlantic and ended up, via the Amazon, on a small island where I had variously, an art shop, a boutique, a bar and now a bookshop. Books are no longer a viable business. What next? Any ideas?
I had several thousand books on BL and LM this morning. I've added some recently on GR so I uploaded the same file to each of them. GL reduced my books to only 365. LM got them all, on GR and LM I have nearly 3K books. I'm going to delete all my books on Booklikes and reupload the file and see what happens. Unless someone else has a good idea of how to fix this.
It worked. All my books are here now. But I shouldn't have had to do this.
A little while ago this morning I wrote a blog about why I'm not back. The primary reason I left Booklikes was my shelves were so messed up. Today I did an import of a couple of thousand books from GR with over 1,000 reviews. Booklikes also had several thousand books on my shelves until this import.... now it's only 365 with 224 reviews. I got an email saying the import was finished so no more to come. I can't cope with something that works so badly, I can't be the only one and I don't know how anyone can put up with this. I'm going to try the same import file on LeafMarks and see what happens there.
The drama on Goodreads (see feedback thread) with Patrick having turned authors into brands and the rest of us into followers whether we like it or not has got me looking at Booklikes again.
I read a lot of books, print, audio and some ebooks. I love to look at my shelves full of lovely hardbacks, slightly tatty paperbacks and yellowing mass-markets. I can see what I've read. The books recall memories. But what about the audio and ebooks? Once deleted from my phone, they've gone. So I need virtual bookshelves and I'm not going to trust just one site, so I upload them here and LeafMarks.
I kind of abandoned it here in the first place because several book imports were really messed up and although Support is responsive they were unhelpful and I couldn't face reshelving thousands of books. Still, at least the titles are here.
The there was the preponderance of fantasy/fiction/freebie reviews here that kind of overwhelmed my feed. Some of the reviewers wrote well and were friends are GR but I couldn't seem to find a large enough group of non-fiction reviewers to subscribe to.
Thirdly this thing about bully reviewers on GR that had got a lot of us here in the first place. It was a moral point with me since I don't read or review SPA books, or very rarely and I didn't know many of the people involved.. But I did learn that whereas most of the authors were speshul snowflakes there were a certain number of playground bullies and they didn't restrict themselves to authors. or to one site, offend one, offend all, here we go from site to site pursuing people whom they don't know but their friend says they wrote such and such about a friend of theirs. And like a baying mob of dogs off they go..... I didn't like that kind of thing at 9, and I can't be bothered with it at all now. (But they have a retort for that, Flouncing. You have to laugh.)
So Goodreads has a lot of non-fiction reviewers, it's as active as ever, as are the groups. Some of the people I've grown close to over the years have tried here and/or Leafmarks but drifted back to GR, some never left. It's getting more and more monetised and like Amazon there but still.
It's like going to a pub you like. They have put in new chairs, smaller so they can get more people in. They've put a load of slot machines to make more money. The drinks seem to have changed and the flavours aren't quite the same but they are selling the bottles of it as well as glasses now. Same with the music, you can buy it at the bar. It isn't the cosy old pub we loved, but even though I've found another pub I really like, the old crowd is still at the old one, grumbling but there. So am I.