Genres Field

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Genres Field

Jul 8, 2022, 10:15 am

I'm curious who determines the genres listed in each ER giveaway - the publisher, or LibraryThing staff? I have chosen to exclude the genre "Christian Fiction," but my results still continue to show me Christian fiction, mostly from Revell Publishing which, according to their website, "bring the Christian faith to everyday life." It seems like it would be a great improvement that we can opt to exclude genres, but not so much if it has no practical effect.

Jul 8, 2022, 12:08 pm

Genre tags are chosen in the system by the one offering the giveaway: the publisher, publicist, or author.

Jul 15, 2022, 10:41 am

>1 ryner: aspirit is correct. genres are chosen by the author or publisher offering the giveaway. There is an approval process for the giveaways, but I would never remove a genre, unless I thought it was an error, and only then after informing the one offering the giveaway.

In terms of Revell books, I have also noticed that they sometimes use the Christian fiction genre, and sometimes not. I assume that books where this genre is not used are considered as being suitable for a general fiction audience, because they don't contain specific Christian themes. Just as a secular press might publish a work of religious fiction, it is also possible that a religious press might publish a more general interest, secular work. In any case, if this is a concern, I would advise continuing to use the exclusion option, and simply bypass Revell titles.