Giveaways on The StoryGraph are now live! 🎉
Over the last month, we’ve been working hard with a select number of publishers and authors to bring you our first ever round of giveaways. We’re thrilled with the outcome and the initial response!
Based on feedback from authors, publishers, and readers, we had a few goals that we really wanted to deliver on for this first round:
The ability for hosts to offer multiple formats within one giveaway
Having a selection of prizes that were available internationally
Developing a smarter way for publishers and authors to find their audience
We’re happy to report that we’ve managed to make all of these features a reality!
Hosts are able to offer print, digital, and audio prizes for the same title within one giveaway at no extra cost, improving international availability and flexibility. 🥳
Then users can filter using all of the standard StoryGraph filters, as well as by format and location, to see prizes that are available to them:
And finally, it wouldn’t be a new StoryGraph feature without some machine learning magic! 🤓
Rob has been hard at work developing the ‘For You’ section of the Giveaways page, where you’ll see books that closely match your reading preferences:
So no matter if you’re an indie author or a larger publisher, if your book matches a reader’s preferences, it will be discovered!
Check out our brand new beta Giveaways section to see if anything catches your eye — and good luck! 🍀
New and improved audiobook tracking and stats are finally here, just in time for the US's Audiobook Appreciation Month!! 🎉
First, each user now has a setting they can toggle for how they'd like audiobooks tracked:
The default is 'pages' and this is great news for people who like to track all of their reading this way — there's now no longer a need to do a 'workaround' of tracking a print or digital edition first to have your pages counted!
Simply choose your audio edition, track your progress, and we'll automatically convert everything to pages for you!
Audiobooks will correctly show up in your stats! Now both your "Page number" and "Format" charts can be accurate!
If you choose to track via minutes, you'll see some new charts and some changes to a couple of the familiar ones:
Regardless of your audiobook tracking setting, it's now much easier for anyone listening to audio to update their progress:
Perhaps listening is your main way of reading and you've felt a little left out with the Pages Goal? Well, now you can set an Hours Goal!
And there's a few more little extras dotted around the app, including handy links on the Preferences page to convert all of your past audiobook data to your preferred format and Libro.fm affiliate links!
The 2021 StoryGraph Reading Wrap-up is finally live! 🎉
Enjoy a whole range of stats including your most read moods, your average rating, how long it typically took you to finish a book, your longest and shortest reads, your most popular read, your best (and maybe worst) months, and so much more!
There's also a fun collage of all of your book covers.
And Plus users have a bonus section!
You can access your 2021 Reading Wrap-up from your Notifications page or the bottom of your 2021 stats page. If you don't have one already generated, there's a link to from the bottom of your 2021 stats page, provided you have at least two books marked as read for that year.
You can now read books alongside your friends on StoryGraph!
Leave reactions at specific parts of the book, calm in the knowledge that your friends won't see what you've written until they've read that far themselves.
Don't have anyone to read with? We'll give you some machine learning-powered suggestions as well as show you random people on the app who want to read the same book soon!
And, if you're a Plus subscriber, tell us who you'd love to read with and we'll suggest the best books for you to experience together!
You can start a buddy read from any book page today!
(Just be sure to adapt your settings on the Preferences page first!)
Anybody (no StoryGraph account required) can now buy a one-year StoryGraph Plus subscription as a gift!
From your browser, head to the Plus page and select "Gift Plus".
After successfully completing your purchase, you'll be emailed a gift voucher code.
This, along with the attached instructions, can then be forwarded on to the lucky recipient!
Perfect for the book lover in your life this holiday season! 😁
Users on The StoryGraph can add one another as friends! 🙌🏾
First off, if you’re not interested in having friends on StoryGraph, then you can safely use the app as you were. Nothing will change!
But if you are interested, now you can send and receive friend requests, and when you become friends with somebody, you’ll automatically follow one another.
As we release new community features, such as buddy reads, you’ll be able to apply the ‘friends only’ setting.
For those with private profiles, now you can let a select group of people see what you’re reading!
To get started, update your friend and follow settings on the Preferences page!
We're excited to let you know about two new StoryGraph features that will mean you'll never struggle to know what to read next! 🙌
With Up Next, you can add up to five books that you'd like to read soon to a queue. You can drag and drop the books into your desired reading order and, for easy access, the queue is displayed in its very own section at the top of your To-Read page.
Not sure what to read next? We've got our Plus subscribers covered with Up Next Suggestions!
We give you personalised recommendations for what to choose from your to-read list based on a range of factors.
Perhaps you've had a book gathering dust on your shelf for ages, or maybe you're behind on your pages goal and need something fun and fast-paced to catch up!
The best thing about this feature is that it adapts with you as your reading, to-read list, and StoryGraph activity changes.
We hope that we help you pick up your next favorite book! 😊
It's finally here — find other users in The StoryGraph Community who read like you do!
At the bottom of the Community page (or on the right-hand side if you're on desktop), you'll see a small pane showing a selection of users that our fancy new algorithm has matched you up with.
When you head through to the Similar Users page, there'll be five profiles chosen for you, including their recent reads and some of their favourite books!
If any of the profiles catch your eye, click through to delve deeper. Perhaps you'll find new books to read or new people to follow! Alternatively, keep refreshing the selection!
On top of that, there's a special addition for Plus users: Advanced Similar Users.
With the advanced search tool, discover readers that match any genre or mood profile of your choosing. Perhaps you want to explore a new genre or try books that are the opposite of ones you typically read.
By toggling the "as similar to me as possible" checkbox, you can discover whole new corners of our reading community!
And as the users on our site continue to grow, we'll keep updating the algorithm, and this feature will get even better!
Some exciting updates to progress tracking went live a couple of days ago!
First, as you increment your progress tracker, pages read are added to your stats. You'll see the changes reflected immediately.
You might have spotted a new link in that screenshot above. That's right: you can now choose to add a note alongside your progress updates:
You can format the text however you like and even include links.
These private notes will form part of your digital StoryGraph reading journal! You can view updates for one specific book or for all of the books you've ever read:
Finally, if a book isn't working out for you and you need to abandon it, you can still track how far you got and have the pages logged!
We hope you have fun levelling up your tracking game!
Now when browsing a book, you'll see a pane letting you know how the people you follow have interacted with the book you're looking at.
You'll see a summary of how many people have some relationship to the book, two of the most recent reviews, and which people you follow, if anyone, could not finish the book or want to read it.
When you click through to "See all activity", you'll get a page that shows everything relating to people you follow and the book in question!
Users can now sort their To-Read Piles, read books, owned books, and tagged books by title (A-Z, Z-A), author (A-Z, Z-A), and publication date (Earliest first, Latest first).
With read books, you can also now see books in order of "Earliest read".
On all filter menus, including the Browse All Books one, you can also set a range for 'Original publication year'. In the screenshot below, I'm opting to see all books published from the year 2000, and then I'm sorting them with the earliest published first.
That's right — The StoryGraph now how a public roadmap!
Via roadmap.thestorygraph.com, you'll be able to see what we're working on any given week, what's coming up soon, and what we have our sights set on in future weeks and months.
Everyone will be able to view the roadmap and Plus members will be able to upvote and comment on features and ideas, as well as submit their own requests/bug reports.
We don't have any due dates, but things will be worked on in roughly this order:
Shipped is where delivered features go and Ideas is the section for us to flesh out new features with our Plus members.
We always aim to move as quickly as possible and feedback and input from the community will influence which bucket a feature is placed in.
We're looking forward to collaborating with everyone to keep making the product better and better!