Sharing reviews outside the blog?

I have a question for you today :

Why do you, or do you not, share your reviews outside your blogs – for instance, on Goodreads, Librarything, Amazon, etc?

I’m mostly considering maybe sharing my reviews on Goodreads, something I haven’t taken the time to do much in the past. I can see advantages to do so, but inconvenients too.

In the past months, I didn’t have much time to blog at all, so when I posted a review here, I didn’t take the time to put it on Goodreads too. But I like the idea for many  reasons : it allows you to share your thoughts with more readers who don’t follow your blog, some who don’t follow blogs at all! Also, I personally use Goodreads a lot when I wonder whether I should get a book or not, sometimes when standing in the bookstore and hesitating between two books, it will be a quick way to gather more information on the books. In these moments, I can’t imagine going through a series of blogs to find the same information. So I love the idea of adding my words to the mix.

But in reality, I don’t spend much time on Goodreads. I add my books, rate them, sometimes I look at what my Goodreads friends are reading, and that’s mostly it. But for those who spend a lot of time there, I’m wondering, does it feel repetitive (or annoying), to see the same review on a blog, then on Goodreads, on Librarything, on Amazon…? I personally prefer to read reviews from the blogs, and use Goodreads when I “research” a book, which makes me wonder, how do other readers use it? Are there other reasons I’m not seeing, to share or not to share reviews elsewhere?

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13 responses to “Sharing reviews outside the blog?”

  1. BermudaOnion says :

    I used to add my reviews to Goodreads, LibraryThing and amazon because I wanted to help the authors get more publicity. I haven’t been doing it lately because of time. Sorry excuse, I know.

    • kay says :

      That’s a good point! The reviews I have shared on other sites were often for books I loved.
      And ah, time is no sorry excuse, we all need some more, don’t we?

  2. Fyrefly says :

    I add my reviews to LT, but not to Goodreads (don’t have an acct.) or Amazon (don’t like the review drama that seems to percolate there.) I don’t mind seeing the same review in multiple places… in fact, I’m friends with a lot of my blogging buddies that also have LT accounts, and I find it’s a really easy way to see who’s read a particular book I’m interested in, and what they thought about it. But for coming across books I didn’t know about, I’m all for reviews on blogs.

    • kay says :

      I’m a bit of the same too, although on Goodreads. I haven’t updated my LT account in ages! Sometimes I want to, but then I log it, see how much I have to catch up with, and go do something else.
      But like you, discovering new books on blogs is one of my favorite things.

  3. Steph says :

    I don’t post my reviews anywhere else other than my blog simply because I think my write ups are way too long for a place like GoodReads or Amazon. Also, I think my reviews are very personal and might not work as well outside of the context of my site. But mostly, it’s because they’re so wordy!

    • kay says :

      That’s an interesting point, though I have seen some long reviews on Goodreads! But, I get what you mean about them being personal, and I think it makes sense. It’s in a different way for me, but I often like or dislike books for specific reasons that have nothing to do with the book’s “quality”, and more to do with personal tastes or experiences. Which I don’t feel belong outside my little corner.

      Also, when expressing some stronger opinions, I’m always afraid of seeing the conversation derail into an argument, which I have seen a few times on GR. I guess I feel safer here, though I am always opened for discussion!

  4. Coffee and a Book Chick says :

    I will normally post on those sites to also spread the word on a book, but if it’s a really long post that I’ve written, I will pull a snippet from the blog and post that out on Goodreads, etc. I enjoy seeing everyone else’s ratings and people will suggest books to me and vice versa on those sites. Not to mention, it’s a great way to interact with readers who aren’t bloggers.

  5. Ceri says :

    I’m the same as you when it comes to Goodreads. I use it mostly to keep track of what I’ve read and see what other people are reading. I used to work as a freelance reviewer so my reviews would be published in other places around the web. I just saw my blog as a place to post the reviews of those books I hadn’t read for ‘work’. 🙂 I think I added one or two to Amazon. Mostly I just forget to though. 😛

  6. heidenkind says :

    I post different reviews on Goodreads, usually just a sentence or two. I don’t like publishing the same content in different places; I’m persnickety like that I guess.

  7. nat @book, line, and sinker says :

    i try to upload my reviews on to amazon but generally find myself short on time and/or energy. 🙂 i do post my reviews to netgalley for books that i receive from that site because i want publishers to see that i’m reviewing what i receive–i don’t want to be on ‘the naughty list’. i like your updated header, by the way. i have to update mine a bit but i’m putting it off until the summer when i’m on vacation.

  8. Melissa says :

    I post my reviews on Librarything as well as my blog. To be honest, it’s more for my own reference than for others. I also see it as a back-up to my blog. If I ever lost a post by accidently delieting it, I would still have the review.

  9. Juju at Tales of Whimsy... says :

    I use LibraryThing and Goodreads.

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