You may have noticed the site header is looking a little different, and that's because we recently redesigned it. There were a couple things we wanted to achieve:
1) reveal more of the site through dropdowns (and improve navigability a bit)
There are a bunch of drop-down menus with direct links to different parts of the site, including your groups, giveaways, your default shelves, etc.
2) take up less vertical space
Navigation and branding are important, of course, but having a slimmer header puts a little more focus on the content.
3) emphasize search
The search box is now over on the left and somewhat more noticeable. This might take a little getting used to, but we hope it will also make it easier for new users to look up books. Search also includes auto-completion.
4) more prominence to notifications
New messages and friend requests will now show in red boxes in the header. You can also now access your notifications by using the drop down menu next to your name in the upper right.
Redesigns never please everyone, so we hope you don't find this change too jarring. We've tried to incorporate a lot of input from you guys through the Feedback Group, so if you have thoughts or suggestions, you can let us know there. Nothing is set in stone (stone websites having gone out of fashion in the early 90s).
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