Goodreads has a new look!

Posted by Otis Chandler on November 26, 2008
Goodreads 2.0 is here! We're very excited to release a new design to you all tonight. We've been testing the new design for the past week and are really excited about it.

The redesign is focused on improving site usability and navigation. It contains only a few new features, but we have moved a number of things around to make them easier to find and use.

Key aspects of the redesign are:
* The site is wider (960px)!
* New header navigation that uses dropdowns to allow faster access to key areas of the site.
* The row of books in the header moved from hanging upside down to being right side up. Our designer pointed out that before it looked as though they were about to fall out of the sky! :)
* New "explore books" page that is a jumping off point to all explore books pages (listopia, popular books, most read books, etc)
* The grey boxes used all over the site have been replaced with a clean rounded brown header. This allows for less visual clutter and more space for content.
* The elements on the book page have been rearranged a bit to make the content people use the most more prominent.
* The wider site allowed us to move the bookshelves on the 'my books' page to a narrow column on the left, which really cleaned up the look & feel of that page - especially for those of us (like me) who have a lot of shelves.

We also launch one fairly significant new feature - a new comment digest system! This allows members to follow a discussion in a group instantly, daily, or weekly. Previously we just had daily. You can also now follow any discussion anywhere on the site, where previously only groups and review comments had email notifications. We expect this to be a significant improvement in letting members easily follow the discussions they care about!

Please check it out and give us your feedback, and help us nail any remaining bugs!

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message 1: by Michael (last edited Nov 26, 2008 01:55AM) (new)

Michael Economy "And I helped" ;)


message 2: by Lynai (new)

Lynai WOW, i was surprised when i opened the site today and saw the new look of Goodreads. I love it! It's refreshing and very convenient. Good job guys!


message 3: by Abdyka (new)

Abdyka Wirmon nice



message 4: by KyleeJ (new)

KyleeJ I like it! Haven't found any bugs, yet.


message 5: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn it's fantastic!! i love the new look!!! :)


message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Yea so whenever you make a post in a thread, and come back to the groups page, it shows your post as new. Can we get rid of that? It wasn't like that before!


message 7: by M (new)

M Thanks the Goodreads Team!


message 8: by Lori (last edited Nov 26, 2008 04:40AM) (new)

Lori Otis, it looks great! very pleasing to the eye. I did notice one thing tho, when I reply/add a comment to a thread, it shows that thread as having "1 new" in red, even tho I was the one who posted. Should it be doing that? It never used to do that, and is confusing me :O

One other thing, is it possible to remove the check from the "email me when someone replies", and allow us to check the box if we want that? I am afraid I will always forget to uncheck the box, and will get a million separate emails a day.


message 9: by Kathrynn (new)

Kathrynn I'm still looking things over, but it looks very nice. Thank you for the hard work and dedication to continue striving to improve such a wonderful Site.

Hats off to you all!


message 10: by Mary Anne (new)

Mary Anne I love the new layout! It's easier to access stuff!


message 11: by Adrianus Yoga (new)

Adrianus Yoga Nice touch!!


message 12: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I'm a Righty and having things on the left side is counter-intuitive.


message 13: by ChloeLeeNH (new)

ChloeLeeNH Looks great... I would love to see maybe a theme change option in the future... maybe customizable...

I would love to see the function that when you drag your mouse on top of a book image you get quick information box come up with quick summary.

Dream list continues :)

Great job!


message 14: by Stef (new)

Stef I like the new look. I think you have done a fantastic job.


message 15: by Christy (new)

Christy One thing still bothers me. When a comment or post is cut off, and you have to click on "more" to see the rest of it, why not make the cut in between words, instead of cutting off in the middle of a word? One of my truncated posts ends with f..., making it look like I'm going to use the f-word to describe something in the book.


message 16: by Leila (new)

Leila I think it looks fantastic! :D


message 17: by Brittany (new)

Brittany looks good so far.


message 18: by Eva (new)

Eva Leger I think it looks much better! It was just fine before IMO but it's definitely better this way. Thanks to everyone who helped!


message 19: by Jose (new)

Jose yea so waz up


message 20: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Wow, no bugs and a clean new look, but still recognizably based on the old style. Good job!


© itugitugitu 2012 This is more than great. Anyway, can I use feed to let me know whenever new books are published? Thanks a bunch!!


message 22: by Kristi (new)

Kristi I like the changes!


message 23: by Ram (new)

Ram Sorry I did not like the new look at all. It is most inconvenient. Please revert to the old look which was very user friendly. This is ghastly


message 24: by Sara (new)

Sara I like the new look but I have issues with it showing '1 new message' when I was the one who posted it.


Felicity/Rosestar I would agree with Sara Without An "H". The site is well done and I like it. I wouldn't say that I love it.


message 26: by Mashael (new)

Mashael Alamri WoooW Nice ( New look ) I like it ,
Thanks to everyone. :)



Felicity/Rosestar Actually, I found another little bug.

EVERY TIME I POST IN A GROUP, I GO BACK TO THE HOMEPAGE OF GOODREADS!!!!!!!!


message 28: by Syaiful (new)

Syaiful Very nice, thanks


message 29: by Violet (new)

Violet lol I love it.


message 30: by Lucia (new)

Lucia Soooo much better! keep it up!


Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews I LOVE the new look! so much nicer


message 32: by Shelley (new)

Shelley Overall, the changes are okay, but I wish there were more spaces in between entries on the front page feed. At first glance, it looks like a huge block of text as opposed to many different updates from different people. A bit more space would make it much easier to read.


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

I second Lori on the "1 new" issue. It isn't necessary to be notified when you, yourself, made the new comment. Otherwise, fabulous work, team.


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

Goodreads looks more nice. Thanks!


message 35: by Liz (new)

Liz I just can't figure out how to get back to my profile after looking at other things (finding a new book, checking "home.", etc...). Other than that, very nice :) Something to be grateful for this season!


message 36: by Terence (new)

Terence I've only been on the site for a few minutes this morning but I like the new look, very "clean" and "uncluttered."


message 37: by Claudio (new)

Claudio looks amazing but still waiting for support for foreign languages.
Español por favor!!!!


message 38: by Brittany (new)

Brittany i also don't like the "1 new" when the new post is mine.


Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh" It's much prettier, but I REALLY don't like that it shows my own post to me as *new*. Even after I have read it and refreshed the page.


message 40: by Nightshade (new)

Nightshade I like the new look :) I logged on this morning and went WHOA! What happened?! But I definitely like it...only problem is, I keep clicking blank space where the old 'groups' button was! :D

Also, it keeps saying '1 new' when I post in a topic...but that's pretty much it!


message 41: by Maggie (new)

Maggie I think it would be great for goodreads to have a friends searcher that shows who (everywhere) that you have the most books and ratings in common with. It would be a great way to find new friends!


message 42: by Anthony (new)

Anthony cleaner definately
it was like
whoa! where am i is this still goodreads or a "parody" of it?
cool tho


message 43: by Stephen (new)

Stephen sorry but i really don't like the new look but i guess i will have to live with it.


message 44: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler Thanks for all the feedback and kind words! I'm glad many of you like it. We'll fix the "(1 new)" thing asap.


message 45: by Brittany (new)

Brittany LOVE maggie's friend finder idea!!!


message 46: by Heather (new)

Heather I love it, but I can't find the Firstreads. Where are they now?


ツ Ðΰắā ☠ I LIKE IT
^_^


I ♥ Luke Castellan *Alexa* I love it so much!


message 49: by Sarah jean (new)

Sarah jean  blank one thing is when i posted a new thing in a group i filed it wrong but when i clicked "edit" it brought me to an error page.


message 50: by EJ (new)

EJ the new look looks awesome!!


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