Hey all, I wanted to create this topic as a starting point for discussing various ideas and experiments with book / reading apps.
Lately I feel like more and more I’ve been seeing not only a lot of people dreaming about Goodreads alternatives, but quite a few actual apps and experiments in that direction — things ranging from minimalist reading list creation, to surfacing better recommendations, to facilitating online book clubs…
You will note that is not one thing but several!
In following these conversations one of the biggest things I’ve come to see is how Goodreads is really kind of an insane behemoth…and a lot of the newer experimental book apps I’ve seen that feel most promising, I actually like because they only try to tackle one or two specific things, and do it well, vs trying to do it all.
As I’ve been playing around a bit with ideas for Antilibraries, and researching what’s out there, I’m getting excited by many of the projects swirling about and emerging in this space. I’ve also been chatting with @tomcritchlow @jaredpereira @davidklaing and a few others about possibilities.
So, thinking it may be useful to put our heads together! We may want to:
- figure out common formats / data structures that we could benefit from sharing
- avoid duplicating efforts; see where it might be best to focus and uniquely add value
- test out some ideas and have fun seeing what everyone’s working on!
Kicking it off for discussion here — to start, how about we each briefly share a few sentences below on what we’re working on, and/or what aspect(s) of engaging with books we’re most interested in exploring?
FYI you can click the reply icon in the upper left of the composer to “reply as linked topic” if you’d like to start a separate topic for a particular project or big question. I can also split into new topics as needed.
Another thing I can work on is compiling some notes I’ve got started (on existing apps, interesting technologies, etc.) and try to organize and publish in some useful form.
Finally, I’d like to convene a sort of casual roundtable (by which I mean: Zoom call) to learn more about what others are working on, chat about particular areas for further exploration, and see how we may be able to collaborate.
Update: chat scheduled Thursday, Apr. 16 at 3 pm ET — sign up here! (Zoom link TK)