Why the Goodreads Best Books of 2013 Award Won’t Matter

Now that the write-in period of the Goodreads Best Books of 2013 Award is over, I can say this. Watching authors grub for votes, even if camouflaged in self-deprecating humor, has been disgusting. Have some dignity and some faith in your work. Vote grubbing is exactly the reason open voting awards on the Internet don’t carry any weight. They’re rigged from the start to favor whoever can cajole the most Internet followers into voting for them. This results in terrible books winning, which in turn results in the award becoming a meaningless joke.

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