A few weeks ago, the librarians at Goodreads took it on themselves to change the titles of my books. They said my titles 'violated' Goodreads rules and flipped my titles to sub-titles, and sub-titles to the titles. When I asked exactly how my titles violated their rules, they sent me this link: https://www.goodreads.com/help/show/263-book-title-editing-books
I read it and found nothing to indicate there was a problem with my book titles. In fact, a paragraph in the 'series' heading about series titles being the same as book titles supports the way my titles should be displayed. When I asked exactly how my titles were wrong, a librarian named rivka wrote "This thread has served its purpose" and closed the thread rather than answer my question! Another librarian advised me to contact Goodreads support, which I did.
The Goodreads Expert (her job title) corrected my book titles to the properly recorded titles in the ISBN registration. I asked if the librarians could change them back, she said no, once a Goodreads Expert changed them, they would not change them back. But two days later, the librarians changed them back. I asked the Goodreads Expert why this happened and she wrote that the librarians told her that my titles violated Goodreads rules. So if a so-called Goodreads Expert did not see any problem with my titles when she corrected the librarians, then how did the librarians intimidate the support staff to get their weird interpretation of the rules over my book titles? If an expert isn't an expert, then why give them the job title of "Expert"? What does expert mean? I again asked the 'Expert' to explain exactly how my titles are a violation (which sounds like I maliciously made those titles). The 'Expert' did not reply, and did not reply to any further emails. Isn't it rather strange that Goodreads will not explain their decision? I suspect there is something else that is the librarian rivka's problem but they don't want it to become known, so they put me on "ignore". I can't ignore it and I will not simply go away or abandon my books. These are my books and Goodreads has taken away my right to promote the books. I published my third book, Road Trip Blues and I want to promote the books, but with Goodreads displaying my titles incorrectly I would be wasting money and confusing readers.
The main point is that these are my titles, you see the books, covers and titles here on this website as they are properly recorded in the ISBN registration:
The Roaring Road: Book 1 - The Road West and,
The Roaring Road: Book 2 - The Road East
There is nothing racist, sexist, or hateful about my titles, and they perfectly explain what the books are. Books 1 & 2 are really all one book called The Roaring Road, but too large to publish as one book so I split them into two books. Goodreads librarians think my books should be called The Road West, Book 1, The Roaring Road series, even though the book covers clearly indicate otherwise and their description is contrary to the ISBN registration. Goodreads is the only website that changed my titles. My books are for sale on dozens of websites, including Amazon which owns Goodreads, and all of these websites display my titles correctly.
The problem is that ISBN Terms of Service require the titles, covers and book interiors to be the same on the books as on the registration, so Goodreads has violated the Terms of Service for my titles. Even I, as author, cannot do that without getting a new ISBN number.
Goodreads wants to have a database of every book published. Even if you are an author and never go to their website, if your book is for sale, their bots will pick it up and your book will be listed there. Done correctly, this is a useful service to readers and authors. If Goodreads really wants to have a database of books, a reasonable corollary would be that the database contains correct information. Otherwise, it is useless in the best case, deliberately fraudulent in the worst case. Manipulation of my titles serves no purpose except to a librarian who refuses to make any explanation, probably because there is no rational explanation.
But these are MY book titles, that I gave the books as author. Goodreads should not make any changes to any author's book titles except in extreme circumstances. The effect in this case is to steal my intellectual property and tie it up so I cannot promote my books.
An option is to forget my books and move on, but I put my heart and soul in my books, so to me that is not an option. I appreciate those who will retweet, blog or post this information on websites to spread the word to other readers and authors.