Authors for Goodreads

Rated 3.00/5 based on 4 reviews
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About Tobias Gavran

Tobias Gavran is a 25 year-old French author who has recently started self-publishing short stories in English. His first book, a thriller called "Mort sur mesure," was self-published back in 2013.

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Review by: I.N. Ane on Jan. 25, 2015 :
He asked for a 1* rating. I'm happy to oblige.
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Review by: Beaten Track Publishing on Jan. 23, 2015 :
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Review by: A.V. Roe on Jan. 23, 2015 :
Humorous. Factual inaccuracies too numerous to mention, but obviously that's what the author intended, considering he asks you to 1* his book. More humorous, of course, is the fact that you actually have to write at least a one line review here on smashwords, or on Amazon. There is no requirement to write a review on Goodreads; you can just 1* bomb an author you don't like to your heats content and invite a hundred of your friends to join you.

However, what is truly ironic is that while Mr. Gavran spoofs the book Authors vs. Goodreads, when he put this book on Goodreads, he violated the rule that got me kicked off Goodreads. Apparently he didn't read Authors vs Goodreads as closely as he claims.

As Authors vs. Goodreads points out, authors on Goodreads must know what is in the Librarian manual, although when they join Goodreads, they aren't Librarians and probably have no idea what a Librarian is or the manual exists. Didn't make much difference when I was a member back in December because all links to the manual were broken and you couldn't read it anyway. (They have since been fixed, of course.)

So, if you read the Librarian manual you will find this section:

Help Topic

official URL

This field is for entering a URL officially associated with that book, such as a page on an author's site for the book. It may also be an author or publisher's website for the book, if it contains additional information or resources not on Goodreads.

Fan sites, libraries, Amazon book pages, WorldCat, Library of Congress, reviews, book sellers, Wiki pages or other such pages should NOT be listed.

Be sure to include the entire link, including the http:// part.

Example of an acceptable link:

Examples of unacceptable links:

Oddly enough, the "Official url" field did not exist on the Book edit page in December, even though the field was listed in the Librarian Manual. Yet another feature that has apparently been fixed in the interim, because author Gavran used it ... incorrectly.

Look at the authors book listing for Authors for Goodreads on the Goodreads website:

ebook, 18 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Smashwords
edition language English
other editions
None found

Or you can go here to see it for yourself:

Until it is changed to cover up the fact.

It appears Mr. Gavran like A.V. Roe didn't read the Goodreads Librarian Manual because he put a link to a "book seller" in the "url" field. That is specifically prohibited. At least A.V. Roe put a link to his author website on his Book description page because there was no "Official url" field in December. Unfortunately the rule in the Librarian manual which I had no access to, does say:

"The description field should not include any images or links to external sites."

Mr. Gavran's violation has been reported to Goodreads management. Wonder if Goodreads will excommunicate Mr. Gavran, too?
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Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on Jan. 21, 2015 :
So much better than its source material.
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