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

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Sep 04, 2014 01:59PM

Sep 02, 2014 11:39AM

1 Thanks for the feedback. We've been working on the spoiler part of the issue and if you have feedback on a specific question let us know so we can examine. In general, we will be examining the design of the book page next year with this and all kinds of other challenges in mind.
1 A popular request, and one that I wish we were better at! As Elizabeth mentioned, we do have the new releases email, which tells you about new books from authors you've read. It is sent monthly, and requires a lot of scrubbing from our editors, as release dates and editions and countries make this a fairly hard problem to get right - remember new editions of books are launched all time - as well as editions in other countries - and they all have different release dates, so not confusing those with the one the person in question cares about is hard and requires very clean data - which is hard to come by.

This is definitely on our radar to do better at though.

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Aug 06, 2014 09:55PM

1 I love this idea. In fact I made a product manager design something similar today in a job interview. I hope we can build it someday!
1 There are some hard technical challenges to do that, but I agree it's needed, and it is definitely on the list of things to build!
Spritz (82 new)
Apr 18, 2014 05:02PM

1 http://www.spritzinc.com

Curious if anyone has tried that? Do you think people will read books that way some day?
Amazon Wishlist (29 new)
Mar 27, 2014 05:38PM

1 One of the big differences between the GR to-read list and a wishlist is that to-read can contain books you already own, but just haven't read yet. I feel like we'd need some way to solve for that.
Amazon Wishlist (29 new)
Mar 27, 2014 05:05PM

1 Great idea. How would you imagine this working? Create a special wishlist on Amazon that syncs to your Goodreads to-read list?
Merry Christmas! (14 new)
Dec 25, 2013 07:48AM

1 Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone! It's been an epic year, and I just wanted to say that I really appreciate all the support you all have provided. From bug reports to feature requests, librarian fixes, to great and useful feedback about the site. We couldn't make Goodreads a great place without you - thank you!

Looking forward to a fun and even more epic 2014!

Dec 25, 2013 07:39AM

1 I'm aware this does occasionally happen today. It's something we want to fix soon (aka in 2014).
Nov 25, 2013 03:16PM

1 Love these suggestions - thanks! I agree we've put a lot of focus on other things in the past year - largely scaling, bug fixes, mobile apps, and kindle integration - and haven't had time to do all the great usability issues on this list (and others). I hope and plan to change that next year. But I don't want to set the wrong expectations - we have a lot of things to balance, including a lot more scaling work - this is now the 65th largest site in the US, doing almost 50 million monthly unique visitors, and we are not nearly as performant as we need to be.

I think re-reading - while very (very!) difficult to do - ranks pretty highly as I've heard lots of people mention it. Language filters is on the list for sure too. And the librarian tools you mentioned are great reminders and we'll give them bumps.

Curious if review drafts is high on anyones list?

I'm not going to comment on lobstergirl's suggestion :)
Nov 18, 2013 02:04PM

1 Cool idea!
Star Ratings (68 new)
Oct 23, 2013 07:04PM

1 Hey I'm allowed to change my mind right? :)

And yes, we still currently aren't planning to do half stars. Choice paralyzes.
Oct 23, 2013 07:02PM

1 It's still a good idea. Will try to see if there isn't also a 4 year old development ticket I can add a nudge to :)
Oct 02, 2013 12:17AM

1 Having some database issues. Hopefully will be back soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Jul 11, 2013 03:22PM

1 Thanks so much for the feedback everyone. Some really good stuff here. We'll circle back with all this and see what we want to do. In general it came through loud and clear that the more details section is already cluttered and this just makes it worse. We'll take a look at it.

Vicky wrote: "I think the 2nd one looks much cleaner and it allows the all/add/combine links to be more prominent, they get a bit lost in the middle there. "

Good point!
Jul 10, 2013 02:23PM

1 what is wrong with working with/improving the settings table already in the database, Otis?

Nothing! Just trying to get a gauge of demand for this kind of feature. Wasn't even trying to get into how to build the feature.
Jul 08, 2013 10:47AM

1 Given that since the last Amazon hiatus, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31... remains screwed up; I'd advise GR to tread very, very, very carefully on ANY data import/export.

We will be! But importing Amazon meta-data has nothing to do with this thread. This is about importing books to a members shelves.

Mrs Joseph: Not sure where your post went. Feel free to repost. If it was about security issues from daisy-chaining accounts, that is a valid concern. But let me assure you that Amazon's information security department is second to none, and that they are very involved in making sure this is done very safely.
Jul 08, 2013 09:54AM

1 I connected with the people who make http://www.placingliterature.com/ - and it seems pretty cool from an initial glance. This is something I've always wanted us to have, but have never prioritized it because I've never been sure how useful it would be.

What do you all think of it? How or why would you use something like this?
Jul 08, 2013 09:49AM

1 I understand that Goodreads was purchased by Amazon. Therefore, I have been waiting expectantly to see it integrated with our Amazon purchased books library. When will this happen?

We are working on it. Turns out there is a lot of complicated backend stuff to do to make it happen securely.

Many of us hope this never happens. It's actually possible to purchase books, elsewhere, for instance, and then there is the public library.

To those concerned about this, please note that this has nothing to do with selling books. It will not affect where you purchase books or our book purchase links.

It would only be a feature built for convenience of Amazon customers to let them easily import books they have purchased from Amazon into the Goodreads shelves. As with all our features, we will design it so you are in control of what you share. If there is any automatic importing, you will opt into that and know about it. We will work with you all to design the details when we get there.

I also wanted to reiterate something we said around the acquisition, but from reading this thread, it seems there is still some questions around. I will put it in bold to show how important this is to me and our team:

Goodreads has always been and will always be a place for readers of all types. We are a place for readers of physical books, digital books (all platforms), audio books (all platforms) and more to come and share what they've read, discuss it with their friends and the community, and then find their next book to read.

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