Sexual roleplay isn’t the only thing banned on Goodreads these days. The company (eaten by Amazon earlier this year) is drawing a firm line on the content of the site’s reviews.
The most controversial point of the new Terms of Service, rolled out yesterday by Kara Erickson, Director of Customer Care:
**Delete content focused on author behavior. We have had a policy of removing reviews that were created primarily to talk about author behavior from the community book page. Once removed, these reviews would remain on the member’s profile. Starting today, we will now delete these entirely from the site. We will also delete shelves and lists of books on Goodreads that are focused on author behavior.
It raises a question about the role of authorship: how much does author behavior change a reader’s experience? If the author comes off as an idiot online, do we dismiss the work? What about behavior offline — how important is an author’s behavior in relationship to his work?
Likely intended to be a step to protect authors from online bullying, the new policy didn’t go over well with the Goodreads community. In over 2,000 comments, users argued that an author’s behavior is a valid reason for leaving …read more

Via: Melville House Books