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Progress by page number

While % progress is great if using an e-reader, I'd love the option to indicate how many pages in I am and have that auto-calculate to a percentage based on edition (like goodreads and story graph have)

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Delete My Library Option

I missed the Advanced Options sections when I first imported, so it would be great to be able to delete and re-import with "Set Date Read based on" Date Read Only instead of Best Guess. Re-importing did not remove all those Best Guess dates.

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Search is not good

When I search for example Dan Brown or Harry Potter a bunch of side author books and other languages versions show up. Like Literal.club site ace this

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"Random" Book Recommendations

Select a random book with a 3* or better review and show the particular review that selected this book.

Enhancements here could be to allow this recommendation to be filtered by any currently available filter system within the app.

Not technically difficult, and I'm seeing more and more chatter asking for something like this.

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Star Rating Normalization

It is a known problem within the book world that Person A's 5* and Person B's 3* could mean exactly the same thing.

What would be revolutionary... is for a book tracker/ review app to somehow normalize them such that this NormalizedRating means exactly the same thing for everyone.

Perhaps by using some form of AI review interpolation? Which is the reason I suggest it here, since this site now actively uses AI. :D

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Show Books In Calendar By Release Date

Saw this mentioned elsewhere and thought it was a really cool idea:

"adds a calendar view for the books we have on our TBR (with the filter function so we can see by genre/release date/author) 🙏 I add all the books I want to read in the future but then the future arrives and I have no clue if the book is out

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it would prove such a cool way of looking at all the books by their release date, esp the new ones! and that way there's no need in creating a 3rd party calendar - everything is within one app 🫶"

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Paused books

Just as there's an option for DNF books, sometimes you just stop reading a book to pick it up later on. It might be a me thing but it would be awesome to be able to move books out of currently reading but not into the DNF zone.

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Sort books by author

Would be really neat to be able to go to a list and sort it alphabetically by author or by how many books by each author were saved on the list.

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Add MFA option

Optional Multi-factor authentication improves security.

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update to stats

add monthly stats in additional to lifetime and annual stats

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Light mode

Could there be a light mode option, please?

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Social Login

Login with Google, Twitter or Reddit.

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Increase Bio character limit

Increase the character limit for people who want to write longer bios on their profile. e.g GR has a larger amount.

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What to read next feature

A "what to read next" button that picks from your want to read (or any other custom list) at random for you to read next.

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Mobile App
In progress

Hi Hardcover team. I love the new platform but it's hard to interact as much as I'd like from a desktop computer or internet explorer each time, we really need an app! I think this is critical and will take the platform to the next level as it will make it easier to use every day.

Thanks.
J

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Search prompts
Planned

Be able to search for existing prompts by typing key words or topics in the search bar

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Being able to add or submit the book description (and or cover) by ourselves
In progress

Being able to add or submit the book description (and or cover) by ourselves.

Most of the books don't have a cover or description (including genere, category, release date, author info, etc)

I get that filling in all the information must be time consuming, so maybe there could be an options for users to help by submitting information about the books (pending approval from your team)

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Author bibliography
Under Consideration

What always frustrated me on goodreads as well, was how on the profile of an author what I wanted to see was an overview of all the works they have written so I could see and track how much of their oevre I read/want to read. Instead, there is usually a confused jumble of overlapping titles and editions. Of course, this might be tricky to visualize efficiently but it is maybe worth considering how to solve creatively :)

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Editions clarity
In progress

A problem I also encountered on other book platforms is how the Editions section of a book profile are very messy. Maybe there can be some visual and sorting way to instead create a clear overview so you can also quickly spot which edition you have or want. E.g. creating columns that notify how the edition is different (language / year / anthology) and a filter/sort button to rearrange prioritizing one of those categories.

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option for minimal UI

I just signed up and started trying to use Hardcover, but I'm finding the UI very inefficient. I already have my item size set to small but your small is what I consider extra large. Are there any plans to add a list option that makes it so I can see more than 6 books at a time? I'd like to be able to see at least 20 lines without scrolling.

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Year Wrapped

Something similar to Spotify wrapped with stats about the stuff you’ve read. For example; Longest book, shortest book, most read author, highest rated, etc.

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Book release notification

Receive a notification when one of the books you saved as plan to read is released.

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Import book's cover

Being able to import book covers by ourselfs. Most of my books don't have covers.

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Synced 2 way Goodreads import

Be able to import books by syncing your Hardcover account with your Goodreads accounts.

Have the import run in real-time or periodically to sync books.

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Browse books by category/genre/etc.

Maybe I'm missing something, but the first thing I tried to do after importing my reading history was browse through some genres to test the recommendation engine. I can't find any way to browse!

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