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Nadia

While buddy reads will be free for all users, Plus members will be able to host book clubs on the platform.

We haven't yet fleshed out what the feature set will be, and it'll evolve over time, but we reckon it'll include some mechanisms for selecting books, setting a meeting, seeing a history of books the group has read and what everyone thought, and more!

Please feel free to share any ideas that you have.

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imaginary_space
Jun 2, 2022

The option to have mod posts/content that is displayed more prominently, for club rules, announcements etc. would be awesome.

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imaginary_space
Jun 2, 2022

A form of shared tags for the group would be nice. One of my book clubs tags books by genre or trope, so people can find what they're in the mood for. Another club tags books that haven't been read by the group yet, but that fit the topics we read.

The option to configure how many votes everybody gets in a poll.

If there will be a built-in feature for finding a meeting time, it would be great if we could configure our timezone in our profile, so everybody can see the suggested date/time for a meeting in their local timezone.

One of the more important use cases is asking for book recommendations. So it would be great if we had an easy way to add book links to a post, and maybe we can even have a list of all books mentioned in a thread, so when somebody searches for "generation ship scifi stories with multive POVs" six months later, they can see what books were recommended without scrolling through the whole conversation.
I guess that means there would also be a search function in book clubs.

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weston_reads
May 23, 2022

In the time book clubs that I oversee, we use ranked-choice voting for book selection. The first step in the process is for everyone to nominate a book. Then I send out a survey where everyone ranks the books in order of preference. I usually use a vote calculator like this to do the final vote counting:
https://paul-lockett.co.uk/av.html

I really enjoy the ranked-choice voting as it reduces the chance of a plurality in traditional voting (i.e. the winning book is only picked by a few people). Also, I prefer it over taking turns as well where feelings can get hurt.

On another note, I love the buddy reads feature!

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imaginary_space
Feb 24, 2022

A rich quote feature in conversations would be nice. Sometimes, when talking about a book, conversations split up into different directions. Being able to quote whole posts, or specific parts of posts, would really help to keep things clear.

When creating a new book club, a "similar clubs that already exist" space directly on the create page, maybe based on the title. Just so that there won't be 10 different clubs dedicated to basically the same topic.

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betwixtbooks
Feb 22, 2022

This would rock. My bookclub uses Facebook and it would be so great to switch over to here for this.

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alexishall
Feb 2, 2022

This sounds like it would be a really exciting feature. As another poster has suggested, for me, having the possibility of setting them to open/private/invite-only etc. would be extra useful.

In terms of the 'meeting' aspect, since this is a virtual space, people read at different speeds, and timezones are a thing, I think I'd probably personally find more use out of something that adapted the fluidity of the current buddyread format to larger groupings - allowing sort of simultaneous discussion/progress rather than a set meeting times.

But as the long way meetings worked was flexible I could see myself potentially getting a lot of use out of a virtual bookclub space.

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tilduke
Jan 19, 2022

Am I reading it right in that only the host needs to be a plus member? It would make it much less useful if everyone needed plus .

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Nadia
Jan 22, 2022

Yes, only the host will need a membership!

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emfass
Jan 6, 2022

Hoping these can have subgroup buddy reads to opt into (since not everyone in the book club reads every book), and that this can be a version of all the buddy reads features but for a much larger group!

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Nadia
Jan 7, 2022

Yes, we see book clubs as having buddy reads at its core (though a book club will not be forced to set up a buddy read for each book/meeting), with a bunch of extra features around it and no limit/a very generous limit on number of participants!

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emfass
Jan 8, 2022

Hooray, I can't wait!! Thank you!

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kpwxx
Dec 22, 2021

Another idea from my book club - would be great to be able to see "Club stats" - so in addition to the Goal I've already mentioned, the same genre, length etc stats you get as an individual, but for the whole book club (could be anything a book club member read, or could be just books that were selected as book club reads, or an option to set it either way - in my book club, we'd probably prefer the 'everything read' option).

Additionally, perhaps some kind of book club league table & pie chart where you can see who has read the most books in a given time period/the most book club books? We've been doing this manually for the month of December in our club and lots of people find it really fun!

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alex_henault
Jun 2, 2022

I love the idea of club specific stats. I think it would help my book club expand our reading horizons. We tend to stay with the same types of books even with the best of intentions to broaden our reading. I think stats would help us during selection time.

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kpwxx
Nov 27, 2021

Someone in my book club just mentioned the idea of having a "Book Club" communal annual reading goal. So basically just somewhere that shows the sum total books read by all members of that book club this year i.e. adds together each person's read that year. So the club can set a goal to read e.g. 500 books this year.

Thought this was a fun idea! I guess maybe you could have a checkbox option to not count duplicates as well, in case the club wants to read X many unique books between them?

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grvhppr
Dec 8, 2021

I love the subpoint of having unique book goals.

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Nadia
Oct 20, 2021
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xandraj
Oct 3, 2021

The ability to vote on group reads would be great for book clubs. Also the ability to set them to either public or private/invite only.

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kestrellady
Sep 9, 2021

This is very specific and would probably be really difficult to code, but it would be really cool if comments on a book could be page or percentage locked to prevent spoilers. So like someone makes a comment on a book club book that contains a spoiler for half way through the book (which they would have to mark) and it only shows up (or shows up without a spoiler warning) if the person viewing has also read to that point in the book. Maybe just something with comments that show how far the commenter is in the book and they can be sorted that way so folks can see comments without spoilers?

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jaina8851
Aug 30, 2021

I'd love to see a feature that is similar to Challenges where the club 'owner' (or other members?) can maintain an ordered list of what books the group has read together (I've mentioned wanting ordered lists in a different ticket but feel like it would be particularly useful in this context :) ). I had my own ordered "label" in GR before I made the switch, but what was really frustrating was that I HAD to add those books to my TBR in order to add the label to them and maintain the list. One of my favorite features about StoryGraph is the ability to add things to Challenges and not necessarily also add them to my TBR, because having my TBR be too long and uncategorized is overwhelming to me. Having the ability to maintain a list of all of my book club's back catalog, in order, in one easy-to-find location would be really nice, both for me and for current or future members of the club.

I also would love a way to have some kind of commenting conversation on individual books. I'm trying to work my way through all my unread book club books right now, and I'd love to have an easy way to re-open conversation with people about the books that I'm now reading, or reading other people's thoughts that they posted at the time. Perhaps also an easy way to view an aggregate of club member's reviews of books? One of the social features from GR that I do miss is being able to comment on reviews in general, so having some kind of conversation functionality would be really awesome!

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Nadia
Aug 22, 2021
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Nadia
May 14, 2021
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