Today, I found a review that I had posted on Goodreads had been reposted onto Sony’s e-book store. Not only was I unaware my review had been posted there, but I always include a link to my review on my book blog in my Goodreads review, and while most of the URL was there, it was text, not a link. You can click on the Goodreads icon next to “my” review, which leads the clicker to the book’s Goodreads page, not my review (or anyone else’s review). My first thought was, “WTF? Can Goodreads do that?”
Apparently, they can. But, warning: if you’re not fluent in legalese, you’ll probably gloss right over the Terms of Service portion that talks about it, like I did. However, you are able to opt out of sharing. What I did not realize was that the default option is to allow Goodreads to share your reviews if your reviews are public. So if you are like me, and don’t always pay attention to the oodles of privacy options, you may be unintentionally allowing Goodreads to share your reviews.
The good news is that this is easy to fix. First, go to your My Account page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/edit. The check box you are looking for is in the right hand column. See it? Was yours checked? Mine was. It isn’t now.