Probably only visible for users with more than one language read in any given time period.
It would also be great to have my TBR and Read with a filter for languages. Sometimes I want to recommend a nonfiction book to someone for example, but some that I read are only available in Dutch. So want to give those people English recs.
a_robin_reads We will have language filters!
Language stats are now live! 🎉
We hope you love them!
Although a pie chart was the most popular option (and was indeed what we started out developing), we discovered that the usability of pie charts would be tricky, especially on mobile and with accessing smaller segments.
We've also gone for the one colour. We didn't want to have to assign a colour to every language..and did have a neat, programmatic way to assign a colour for each language for each user (so you'd have consistency across time periods and compare stats), but we'll probably leave it as one until such time that y'all can customise colours yourself!
If you spot any incorrect languages in your stats, just hit "Report missing/incorrect book information..." on the relevant book page and one of our volunteer librarians will handle it for you as soon as possible!
Nadia Now that's exciting! What a great start of the week!
Nadia Thank you for this useful addition! Would it be possible to eventually add more than a language to the book information? As a polyglot translator and reader, I am not a fan of the "Multiple languages" label... I have several books (mostly poetry and drama) with the original text and the translation side by side, and would like both languages to appear in the book information and in my language stats.
Thank you for the continuous improvement to the platform!
Nadia omg amazing!! I am so happy to have this!!!
I wonder, is the languages field an open text field or is there a controled list? It seems to be open, but these stats might be more easy to handle if it was a list (that allows multiple values)? Perhaps this is easy to tweak? (probably not though..)
Sory, I am a data manager and kind of a nerd about this ':)
mikebond Thanks, Mike! I imagine we will have translation/other language data available in the future!
edulaia I'm glad you're happy! Right now the languages field is an open-text field and that's intentional. It gives us flexibility in a range of areas!
Nadia mikebond I didn't even know there was a "multiple languages" label. I've read several Urdu poetry anthologies that are listed as English because the commentaries (and in some, the translations) are. How do I get them listed as "multiple languages? It would still be a step up from just "English"
robinwalter Oh, we don't have one yet. I think mikebond was referring to something on another platform!
Nadia That is reassuring - my slide into senescence not fully complete!
Nadia ohh! can't wait to see these stats :D
also motivation to start reading more in a third language that I'm learning XD
What would be really interesting (also to monolingual readers) would be showing not only the languages read but the languages the books that have been read have been translated from. This is probably out of scope here and I suspect the recorded data would not (yet) support such graphs but I thought I'd mention it :)
In which format would you like to see the languages that you've read in a given time period?
Nadia pie chart? would that make sense? :D
Nadia maybe as bar chart like genres and most read authors on the stats page. but a pie chart would also be nice
Nadia it would probably be a bit excessive but a geo scatter plot could be really cool. You would have a world map 2D or 3D and the dots would be the number of books.
Well now that I think about it, that would be more interesting, not for languange, but to show stats for author's nationality. I know some readers are interested in reading books from all sorts of cultures. Having it as a map they would slowly fill in could be so much fun.
laraneves That'd be super fun for other stats, for sure!
Nadia a pie chart would be fun I think, especially if it contains more than 2 languages, it would nicely show the proportions. (Also, I love circles)
kr_gr I also think that the pie chart will be a good idea!
Nadia Thanks for making this happen! I think I'd prefer a pie chart to a bar chart. To me, a bar chart works better if there are a lot of categories (like the genres) and the pie chart looks nicer for only a handful of categories (and here I'm just assuming that most people don't read books in more than 4-5 languages).
Nadia actually, I just thought of something. While for monthly and even maybe yearly stats I stand by the pie chart, for all time it might actually be really cool to have dotted lines (like for pages, minutes and books read) that show the amount of books (y axis) over time (x axis) in each language (different colour per language)
Maybe it is not too late, or you can think about it for later :)
edulaia Thank you for your suggestion. As I'm sure you know, whatever version we release first does not preclude any updates later on! :-D
Nadia hoping we will see this soon! What does medium term typically means (1year? 6months? 18months?)
zazdut Check out this changelog post. Anything can change at any moment but I do hope to get to this within the next few months! :-)
It just would be fantastic to have a statistics for the various languages we read our books in! 😍
I understand that it was setup as a long term but as a user that reads in two languages I was looking forward for it...
I'm currently doing a reading challenge on TSG with books in 4 languages, so it would have been great to have language stats for one of those awesome TSG graphs, but Nadia and Rob are working so hard as it is, anything that eases their workload is fine by me.
Thank you for letting us know that you're disappointed this feature was pushed back. It was a hard decision to make but makes sense for the product and team resources for now. We will have them eventually, and hopefully alongside other great language features!
This seems eminently sensible, well done for not over-extending that MASSIVE development team on a lower priority enhancement. 👍
We've decided to push back this feature for now.
Our language data and functionality isn't up to scratch just yet. It also makes more sense to deliver this when users can customise which charts they want to see on their stats page.
This would save me a bunch of time on personal tags and make the stats so much nicer. Big +1 from me.
it will be good to finally have an app that give me stats of the books I read in different languages
This is one of those feature that people either are indifferent to, or very excited about! I would love to see this implemented. I'd also love to see more language-related features, such as better filtering options when you're looking for a book and a way to see what language the book has been originally written in, and maybe one could set a preference for your preferred language when looking for translations?
This could be very helpful to those of us looking to broaden our language reading, thanks.