Hello everyone! Today I’m really excited because I found out about Ashley’s (NoseGraze) new campaign to start a bookish website similar to Goodreads. You all know how I can’t stop promoting Ashley’s work (she’s a true Coding Goddess) such as the UBB plugin and all her themes and design work, NOT TO MENTION her fantastic book blogging tips. As another blogger said, if you’re a book blogger, you’ve heard of Ashley.
So this new website is going to be called LitRate. Ashley talks about it in this guest post. I’m thinking it’s going to eventually rival Goodreads, if we can get it going. But what I’m excited about is that it has the potential to be better than Goodreads.
Now, I love Goodreads. I’ve been using it for years. I used it way before I even started my book blog, and it was on Goodreads that I saw a link to someone’s book blog and thus discovered what book blogging actually was. So I owe a lot to Goodreads. It’s got nice interface and a lot of cool features that I wouldn’t be able to think up on my own. However, there are some things that bug me, such as the way to keep track of the books you own. You can’t sort those the way you can with other lists (‘read’, ‘want-to-read’, etc.). You can’t even tell how many books you actually have. I spent all my time putting my owned books into that category before realizing I should have just created a new shelf for it. Unfortunately, I have over 400 books so I didn’t want to start over. And is this going to change soon? Not likely.
That’s where LitRate comes in. I haven’t really used any other book cataloging sites, but I don’t need to to know that this is an amazing opportunity to help create something based on what I know we book bloggers need. You see, we don’t just need another book cataloging site for readers. There are plenty of those out there. But with the ever-growing book blogging community, we can create something that tailors more to book bloggers as well. This is a chance to bring reading and reviewing even closer together.
I’m really interested in organization. As much as I love reading, I also love being able to easily keep track of the books I’ve read, want to read, and own. Keeping an inventory is hard, and managing a TBR pile and ARC shelf is hard enough, NOT EVEN TO MENTION my e-books and eARCs. It’s very difficult. So I hope this new website can make that easier for me, hopefully even easier than Goodreads can, if that’s possible.
Now, naturally, it’s going to be a lot of work either moving over from Goodreads completely or making sure I have the same updated data on both sites. My TBR list has well over 600 books on it. My read list is just over half that. And then factor in the 400+ books I own. It’s going to take a while. But I have a feeling it will be worth it.
About the Kickstarter campaign. There is a lot of money that’s going to have go into this as well, mostly for book data. You know, all the information for every single book that you see online. Then on top of that you have server fees. And the best part? These are recurring payments. Yearly payments. So where does the money come from? It comes from us. That’s right. Pay to play (well, not really. You don’t have to pay to be able to access the site once it’s up. But if no one helps fund it anymore, the site will not be able to exist). The goal for August 30th of this year? $16,000. We currently have almost $700 as I’m writing this. So that means we have 32 days to earn $15,300. If we keep moving at this rate, about $700 per day, we can easily exceed the amount needed and maybe even carry into next year’s fees.
But there are PERKS! If you donate certain amounts, you can get cool things. Like recognition for supporting the campaign (on the site and in a video), access to the beta site, getting to talk to the developers about your ideas for the site, and even picking color schemes for the site.
I myself contributed $100 to the campaign, and I will certainly contribute more (if my budget allows) if we’re a little bit short by the time August 30th rolls around. I really really want to see her vision become a reality. I also contributed this much because I naturally I have a lot of ideas for the site and would like to be a part of it. Also I wanted to pick a color scheme. I already have an idea of what colors (: Right now, 5 people have chosen to donate that much, so 5 people will be able to contribute ideas and color schemes. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Don’t you want to be part of this too? This is about book lovers working together to make a better community. It’s a new era! It’s a new home for book lovers! It’s….it’s LITRATE!
Don’t you feel inspired? Check out the campaign here. Tell everyone! Tweet it, post it on Facebook, make a blog post about it, advertise everywhere! Spread the news around the web like jam on toast and let’s see how many people we can get behind this idea and campaign!
Let’s make this dream a reality!
(wow, I can’t even remember the last time I got this excited about something)