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Support for original fiction on the web

I suppose Webfiction or Webnovels are not technically Books. But it is a large and growing market with a lot of excellent reads in it.

Many of them more popular or more succesfull than "real" published works you can get actual physical copies of.

I understand not wanting to shove all of Royalroad, Watpadd and AO3 into your books database or becoming an indirect fanfiction review site but needing an ISBN or Goodreads entry to exist seems too limiting.

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Update bookle to not strobe/flash

When bookle changes the picture to be less pixelated, it has an uncomfortable strobing/flashing effect

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Synchronize Max Page Numbers Between Devices

Related to the Progress by page number feature.

If I change the maximum pages of a Currently Reading book via the iOS app, it does update on the web-interface.

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Don't allow reviews/rating for unreleased books

Title pretty much says it all. One of the dumpest things about goodreads IMO.

Only leads to bad behavior like 1starring books people think the author is taking to long to finish. Or review that are just begging for it to be released. Or fanboy 5starring unreleasded book.

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Progress Sync .po in googleDrive/WebDav

Ability to link to a GoogleDrive/WebDav account to sync reading position from Moon+Reader automatically using it's .po files

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Colourblind Likes

The likes on this feature board use colour alone to distinguish liked vs unliked (green vs white). It would be more clear to also fill in the thumbs up icon with green, so that the symbols can be distinguished in monochrome.

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One off donations

Just recently heard of Hardcover from a youtube video and I like what you guys are doing here.

My suggestion is simple. Add a one off donation option rather then the only support method being a monthly subscription.

I would like to support this project but I will be honest I am burnt out on subscriptions for everything.

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Choose/custom default Home page

Even though it is fun to see what others are reading and general updates, I think it would be really nice if I could choose which page is my default home page (or the page that shows up right after I log in). Or maybe even a page where I can select what information I would like to see? It would be great if I could choose, for instance, to show my library, some stats, or "currently reading" instead of the feed.

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Choose which edition you are reading

I added a book to my list of 'currently reading,' but the one that showed up was a different edition with a different number of pages and cover. It would be nice if I could specifically choose which edition I am reading and own.

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Remember view

If i click on "Table View" it display the books in a more pleasant view for me. The website doesn't remember that though and every time i open the website up again i have to manually switch to table view again. Please add a way for the website to remember pretty much everything we change.

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Date Read (Month and Year)

I read books in the past i don't know the exact date of but i do know the month and year. It would be great to be able to add a read date such as:

January 2024

No start date, no end date, no specific day at all. Just the month and year or maybe also just the years as well.

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Bulk Add Tags

Being able to select multiple books/a series and add the same tags to them instead of repeating the prosses one by one.

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Highlights

Highlights support and ideally sync from other platforms like Kindle/Kobo/Boox

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Replace explore tab with + tab

When I’m opening the app, the main reason is because I have just finished a book or have made progress in a book and I’d like to log it. I find myself having to do a lot of typing and moving around in an unintuitive way to do that. Letterboxd and Twitter and pretty much every other app have conditioned me to expect a “post” button in prominence on the app’s main toolbar but this doesn’t seem available.

I think it would be so much easier to do this if there was simply a + button instead of the Explore button on the bottom window. + indicates to me that I’m ready to log a book, while Explore doesn’t feel defined at all. Like what’s the difference between Exploring and Trending, instinctually? It’s kinda difficult to define. And then when you do go into the Eplore tab, it’s mostly just a bunch of loose FAQ links that just link back to tabs like Home and Trending that are already represented on the main row of UX tabs. It’s so confusing

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Undefined reading dates

For previously read books that have no specific dates, instead of showing in the READ section with "Read: [date of entry]", mark it simply as read, without a specific date.

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Search in edition list

The edition list can be veeeeery long, can we add a search bar at the top ?

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Single Click Profile Navigation

Right now you have to click your profile icon, and then click again to navigate into your profile. Seems like a needless extra click to get somewhere I need to use most times I open the app

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Allow custom tag group creation

Based on this attached image from our readers. Apart from the default tag categories (genre, mood, content warning, etc.) allow readers to add their custom groups that show up across all of their books on Hardcover. Potential feature for Supporters, as it’s a power user feature.

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Allow Copy-Paste for Tags

When adding a tag for a genre, mood, content warning, or (other) tag, users would either (1) scroll to find a tag, (2) type a tag and click the tag, (3) type a tag and add a comma, or (4?) something else I'm not aware of.

If users could copy and paste a group of tags separated by commas, it'd make adding tags much quicker and easier.

Genres Example: Adventure, Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Picture Book

Moods Example: Whimsical, Cute, Charming, Lighthearted, Heartwarming, Nostalgic

Tags Example: Teddy Bear, Stuffed Animals, Toys

Manually entering each tag for a book is a bit time-consuming, especially for series where the tags are very similar 😅

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profile banners
Planned

there are currently backdrops on user profiles. it would be cool if we were able to customize them

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Favorite books showcase
Under Consideration

A slot on your profile to showcase your top 4 favorite books (or maybe up to 8)

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Date Calculation Issue
Planned

In stats, there is a section called "Pages Read By Year"

If I set a 100-page book to the read dates of 01/01 to 01/01 (Read in 1 day), the page count does not show up in the PRBY section. The expected behaviour is: 100 pages read for 01/01.

If I set it to 01/01 to 01/02 (Read in 2 days), the page count shows up on 01/01 as 50 pages read. The expected behaviour is: 50 pages read for 01/01 and 01/02.

I believe this is an issue of how the tracker calculates the date range. 01/01 to 01/01 is 1 day, but the tracker sees it as 0 days. 01/01 to 01/02 is 2 days, but the tracker sees it as 1 day.

Possible solution #1: Add 1 day to however the tracker calculates the dates

Possible solution #2: Add a feature where you can manually input the number of pages read for a specific day, and not have it be automatically calculated

Possible solution #3: Change the tracker to a monthly count

:D

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Update Copyright Year
Released

At the footer / bottom of the website, it says "© 2023" // Consider updating to 2024.

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Add Format Option
Under Consideration

It would be nice to be able to have a pull down to choose format within each book edition. I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks now, and I know a lot of other people eead e-books and others favor actual books.

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Edit from library screen
In progress

I currently have a lot of books in my library that imported without genres/moods. It takes so long to update this as I have to open Airlist, set to Table View, Select my columns, find a book missing data, select the book, change the data, then start over again to find another. I'd love for my stats to be accurate, but it's a pain to do this one by one.

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