As many of you know, I—along with Anne Rice, Hugh Howey, and hundreds of other authors—was attacked by a gang of bullies who haunt Goodreads with “sock puppets” to make it seem like their numbers are higher. Some of these bullies are the so-called “Librarians” on Goodreads. These bullies do not read the books of authors, but gang up together and leave one-star reviews enmasse to discourage others from reading. Their intent is malicious: to destroy the lives, peace of mind, and livelihoods of authors, thereby rendering them incapable of creating. To these sociopathic personalities, this is “fun.” Goodreads claims it is their right, and refuses to assist authors against the defamation and fraud.
Goodreads will not remove the so-called “reviews,” even though the bullies admit to not having read the book and when logic (hundreds of reviews in a day) dictates their “reviews” are false. Minimally, all Goodreads would need to do would be to insist the reviewers actually purchased and read the books. Goodreads infringes on the copyright of authors by using their book covers and text to sell their false reviews to libraries around the country. They refuse to remove the covers and text even when legally ordered to do so. Unfortunately, library systems around the country use the reviews of Goodreads to inform their patrons and unintentionally contribute to promoting this fraud.
Because of these attacks and the collusion of Goodreads with the bullies, I have removed my books from publication temporarily and am seeking legal recourse. I hope to republish in the near future.
Please do authors a service and ignore the so-called “reviews” on Goodreads, until it can enforce an ethical standard of reviewing, and discontinues assisting bullies in their games. Also, please tell your library system about the fraudulent system being sold to them by Goodreads and the damage they are doing to authors. I also encourage you to BOYCOTT GOODREADS!
— Riley Hill
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