Goodreads reviews show how gender informs book criticism

Goodreads reviews show how gender informs book criticism

Literary criticism has a long history of gender bias. But are things different on social media, where thousands of amateur book reviews, posted on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads, can fundamentally affect a book’s status?

According to the first large-scale research analysing the critiques and ratings given by users of the Goodreads website, there are strong differences in the ratings given by men and women within specific genres. Males give higher average ratings in most genres: they did so in 30 of the 50 biggest user-defined genres on Goodreads, including history, short stories, poetr...

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