Otis Chandler Otis's Comments (member since Apr 18, 2007)

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Jun 01, 2011 11:22PM

1 @ElizabethS - couldn't you just follow the person and find their review that way? Though that wouldn't work if their profile was private.

I suppose I could see that being able to search reviews of a particular book could be interesting. Seeing more use cases of that would help though!
Jun 01, 2011 11:20PM

1 I agree the sorting is less than useful. I had thought perhaps that sorting by date you read the books would be more useful, as then you'd at least see books you recently read. But you could still miss out on things? Any ideas here?
Jun 01, 2011 06:13PM

1 Flixster/Rottentomatoes is what I usually refer people to when they ask this. Not sure how many people want to catalog movies the way they do books though?
Jun 01, 2011 05:55PM

1 The user_status/list/ being available for private profiles is a bug - we will fix that asap.
Jun 01, 2011 05:49PM

1 You can always search on Google if you need free text search. For instance to search for reviews by me: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid...

I'm not sure this is a valuable enough feature to enable ourselves. What is the problem you are trying to accomplish by needing this?

And as mentioned, we'd have to make sure we adhere to privacy settings.
Book articles (37 new)
Jun 01, 2011 05:31PM

1 At Book Expo last week I had a realization: books are sold through strong recommendations (which I knew), and a large degree of those are often generated through the media (the extent of which I didn't fully appreciate).

Goodreads has been built on the belief that recommendations from friends or interesting people you follow are best. But there are often times when a book is mentioned in the media (NYTimes, NPR, Oprah, or really any notable person) and that is enough to drive a lot of interest in the book.

Goodreads currently does nothing to capture these external recommendations, and I think it might be time to start. I'm envisioning a new section on the book page, perhaps titled "In The News", where it would list recent and popular articles that discuss the book. These could be New Yorker essays, NYTimes reviews, prominent book blog posts, NPR blog posts, etc. Each one would be accompanied by a choice excerpt and have a link to read the original on their site.

It bothers me each time I read a post on http://www.themillions.com or the nytimes or some prominent blog that discusses a book and I can't share that on Goodreads. These media mentions are an important part of the discussion of the book, and we have no good way to incorporate them into Goodreads.

I also can foresee a page that lists "recent news about books you've read" - which I think might be really cool.

The way I think this would work is that there would be a page to submit a book news article. It would accept the url, a choice excerpt, perhaps the name of the author of the article, the book(s) mentioned, and perhaps a categorization (book review, author interview, mention, etc).

On the book page we'd list articles using a combo of factors (recency, popularity of the article, reputation of the author of the article). I acknowledge that making sure we have good content there will be a challenge, but it's one I think we can overcome. I don't really want to get into how we'd do that in this thread - I'd rather assume we can do it - and stick to discussing how much value these things would add.

What do you all think? On a scale of 1-10 how much would you like to see this? How much do you think it would help people (perhaps less book-savvy people than the ones in this group) decide whether or not to read the book?
Jun 01, 2011 03:35PM

1 Yeah - this is on the list :)
Jun 01, 2011 03:34PM

1 Agreed. It's just a little hard to do at the moment!
Jun 01, 2011 01:50PM

1 This will exist in our upcoming recommendations. And it would be great for trivia too. Not sure though if taking books out of lists would make sense as then we are messing with the content.
May 18, 2011 06:35PM

1 I'm curious which page you were on? The homepage? We get this question occasionally and I'd love to know if there is a way to make it more apparent...
May 17, 2011 05:52PM

1 I'm curious about book descriptions. They come from all kinds of sources: from the publisher, the author, the bookseller (Amazon, B&N, etc), and sometimes even from Publishers Weekly.

Goodreads currently just accepts one description, and relies on librarians to help fix it if we pick a bad one. I have two questions:

1. Would it be worthwhile to have Goodreads store multiple descriptions and let librarians pick the best one?
2. Are the descriptions we have good enough? Are there examples of bad ones? Would it be worth putting effort into finding or writing better ones?
May 04, 2011 12:48AM

1 Glad you like it! This is version 1.0 of our app, so clearly there are lots of things yet to be added, like friends lists, barcode scanner, and more.
Apr 20, 2011 01:02PM

1 Giselle wrote: "So has anyone ever won a book before reviewing a book they have previously won?
I have won one and obviously won't get it for 4-6 weeks and then another week before i can read and review it. So do..."

We give you some time to get and read the book :)
Video reviews (40 new)
Apr 18, 2011 05:14PM

1 Do any of you know about or watch video reviews on YouTube? This "book haul" phenomenon is interesting, and some of them have quite a lot of reviews.


While I would never want to put videos in our text reviews, I could certainly see a new section of the book page dedicated to video reviews. Thoughts?
Apr 18, 2011 04:25PM

1 I think we should list some of the bigger recent winners (like Goon Squad!) on the right side of the explore page. I will make a ticket to do that!
combine broken (48 new)
Apr 18, 2011 10:00AM

1 Weird - we got no alerts this weekend that anything was broken. Is it working now?
Apr 18, 2011 09:59AM

1 That page isn't good enough for prime-time. Is a page that lists the awards really useful? Or would it be better to show recent award winners on the appropriate genre pages?
Apr 15, 2011 05:16PM

1 My bad - will fix!
Apr 13, 2011 10:44AM

1 I like how Louise put it. It's not about positivity/negativity - it's about making sure we get the best answers to the question posed at the top. You can't see who voted up/down either, which makes it harmless. All Question & Answer sites have up/down voting: Yahoo Answers, Quora, Mahalo, Stack Overflow, etc.
Apr 11, 2011 06:04PM

1 It's on the todo list to do this, but not super high.

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