Status across multiple editions not shown
Jun 29, 2022
This shows up in 3 ways (feel free to separate out into multiple posts if the implementation is very different):
- if you open an edition that you haven't read, it says "you've read another edition of this book." but if you've read two editions, they don't cross-link to each other.
- re-reads aren't tracked across editions (if you've read edition A and edition B, it doesn't list either under re-reads).
- tags and "owned" don't surface at all, so I've found myself accidentally buying an e-book for a book I already owned a physical copy of because I didn't manually check all the editions.
Maybe additional filters could be added to the Filter Editions menu on a book family page. Like a drop down menu similar to the languages field, but instead you can choose to view editions by tagged, read, to-read, owned, did not finish, or currently reading.
meggiemine Ooh, perhaps! At least filtering editions via ones you have a status against...then again, those should probably just show up first in the list. I think first step involves seeing relevant info on the current book pane/page!
2 Will be being solved relatively soon. Small point but we do track rereads across editions in the wrap-up.
What would you expect to see for 1?
3 is tricky and something we've been thinking about (and asking the community feedback on) for several months now. Part of the trickiness comes when we include books in different languages and/or different covers: users getting confused: "I don't own this book"/"I haven't tagged this book" — so we're figuring out a design for: "You own a different edition"/"Tags against another edition" without making the book pane cluttered (we're currently working on a redesign of the whole book pane to incorporate a whole swathe of UX improvements) or confusing everybody!
Nadia Is it possible to have just 1 entry for a book in StoryGraph and the edition type is like a tag or note the user puts in from their end? Perhaps youve already discussed this as there's a lot of clutter with all the version types showing up in searches etc :)
dj_zoo Different version types shouldn't be showing up in search! We're doing a lot of work internally and with our volunteer librarians to make sure this doesn't happen/happens only rarely. The product first launched without the concept of editions, but we've found that people really want to see their own covers and languages, etc., and like tracking different statuses, etc., against different editions. I'm sure we'll get to a great solution eventually, especially as we keep iterating on it!
Nadia - this would really help. I'm one of those who really like to see the cover of the book I read. I'm surprised how much act seems to matter to me, but it does.
dj_zoo I want to jump in and say that one of the reasons I prefer Storygraph over Goodreads is that I can review different editions separately. So making 1 book page for all editions and versions would definitely make me sad. Different editions can have different things that need to be reviewed. Mainly, an audiobook can deserve a completely different review than a print book due to the narration. An abridged version vs a full length, or an anniversary addition that has bonus material (American Gods and Verity spring to mind for this latter).