- The disappearance of reviews. I realize Amazon purchased Goodreads. I’m hoping this has not forced Goodreads reviews to be removed. This was one advantage Kobo had over Amazon as many people consider GR reviews more reputable than Amazon ones.
- The disappearance of star ratings. Even if the Goodreads reviews had to be dropped, why the star ratings?
- The disappearance of most of the curated reading lists. The Indie Next list is still around (even though I’ve never been able to figure out what it means, or what the definition of indie is supposed to be for this list), but the rest of them are gone. Reason?
- Lastly, the Free list is gone! And so recently after some positive changes to help more free books to be discoverable on Kobo. Seriously? Now the only way to find free books is to do a search and sort by price? Even if I can find one, there are no reviews, star ratings or even rankings (since free books are put at the bottom) for me to use in deciding whether to read the book or not.
These changes are forcing me to spend the majority of my efforts on the kindle store. Before these changes I had been a big promoter of Kobo to other indie authors, using my positive numbers as evidence that things might be changing for the better. But if Kobo Books is serious about courting folk like me (which supposedly Kobo is, and Writing Life was supposed to be proof), for the love of competing with Amazon! Please undo the damage as soon as possible and give the small indie author a reason to believe they can get noticed in your store.