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Amazon moderates and polices reviews on their site, but Goodreads doesn’t. You can flag reviews on goodreads, but most won’t be removed. The number of reviews on a book includes every record with text (some places only count reviews of at least 50 characters) in the review field, but not everyone uses the review field only for reviews of books they’ve read. Even the founder of goodreads uses the review field to write notes about how he heard about the book or why he wants to read it. I’ve seen people record release dates and other announcements here, but it would be better to edit the book data or request that a librarian edit it so that everyone could benefit from the information.

There are quite a few people who read and review books before the official release date. Authors, editors, book reviewers and bloggers  often have advanced copies. You can even win ARCs (Advanced Reading Copy) and AREs (Advanced Reading Edition) and galleys (advance uncorrected proof) through the goodreads First-Reads program.

There are some people who rate books that they are just planning to read or who are using the rating field for some other purpose. If you don’t understand why someone has rated a book you don’t think they have read, you can’t stop them, but you can post a comment, maybe it was just a mistake.

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