Looks like Amazon is retiring the Goodreads API, which just another step towards basically abandoning Goodreads and folding it into some other Amazon service I guess: joealcorn.co.uk/blog/2020/good

My advice? Get off Goodreads while you still can (ie export your content) and move over to StoryGraph: beta.thestorygraph.com

A black-owned startup finally developing a viable alternative to Goodreads. Fuck yeah!

(Why not LibraryThings? Because, guess what.. it’s also owned by Amazon!)

Why would I care that's black-owned? Is that the new feature of 2020? A good service is a good service no matter the race of the owner.

@AlexandruBalan amplifying black voices, black-owned initiatives and marginalized voices in the tech should be the responsibility of any established, privileged white individual, but especially a CIS-white heterosexual such as myself.

Meritocracy is what got us where we are today and I don’t agree with the current standard, its vision, morals and priorities, and I do believe it’s because we all aren’t subject to same baseline or blessed with the same support structures and social capital.

I appreciate your empathy for those that have it worse than you and I'm also glad that you promote great projects made by communities you wish to see more in tech. That's laudable.

However, I don't see why the skin color of the owner plays such an important role in promoting this project. To me it would be more important to find why this project would be a great alternative to Goodreads, not that the owner is a black person. I don't choose the projects I use base on skin color.

@AlexandruBalan you’re making it sound like I’m recommending StoryGraph solely because it’s a black-owned business, which I didn’t. What I said is that I’ll certainly prefer it over other alternatives because it is _also_ black-owned, given it suits my needs as a user/consumer.

@AlexandruBalan Those are entirely different (and subjective) preferences. And if that doesn’t suit you and your preferences, that’s totally fine.

Just don’t come at me with your thin vail of racism sprinkled on top of a supposedly tech-centric discussion.. you haven’t argued your consumer or tech preferences at all in your responses so far but only made it about race/color of skin

@AlexandruBalan And I’m arguing from a good faith position here. I understand and appreciate your point of view. It largely was my own before I took a deep dive into the rabbit hole.


@AlexandruBalan I just think people need to see what an impact the “I don’t see race/color” argument has in an industry that is almost entirely dominated by white people, white founders and white technologists. The choice regardless of skin color/race is white-centric and very much privileged, and if we want more diversity in our industry we have to settle for alternate approaches.

I'm not trying to be racist here, don't go around trying to insinuate that, but you're recommending people a product. I'm just saying that maybe instead of telling them that the owner is a black person you could instead write a sentence or two about why you like that product, what value brings to your life.

To each their own, I would have put more emphasis on why the StoryGraph is great for me and why it might be good for others instead of emphasizing the skin color of the owner.

Also choosing the better project is not racist. Who cares if the better project is made by a white male or a black trans person? The project has no gender, no race, it's just software.

"Settling", as you say, for a product because a black person created it is honestly pretty dumb. Lowering your expectations is not how you help the black community. Aiding them in creating better products is how you can help. Settling doesn't help the creator nor the consumer, in my opinion.

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