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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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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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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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fallenfeathers
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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