I’m sure you have all heard of LitRate by now. A bookish social media site that Ashley from Nosegraze is trying to get off the ground. I’m hugely excited about the potential that this site has and I wanted to share why I’m backing this all the way. If you haven’t already supported this then maybe you’d like to hear why I’m so Gung ho about it.
Why I’m Personally Backing LitRate
Ashley developed the ground-breaking Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. Now if ever a product was aptly named this one was. It not only formats your review but it also retrieves your book information (including cover image, genre, publisher, etc), it indexes your reviews automatically AND it posts your review directly to Goodreads. Genius. This girl knows what we want and she knows how to deliver.
Do you know how Ashley knows what we want? Because she is asking and listening. She has hosted one twitter chat already and another is scheduled for Sunday 24th Aug at 9pm GMT. So if you have ideas, get them in there right from the start. Maybe not all are feasible but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know and you might just have a gem of an idea that everyone would love. These were my two suggestions:
Colour coded shelves would be handy, that way you get a visual impression of to-be-read versus needs-review versus read, etc
Maybe your to-be-read shelf could go red at your personal predetermined level! Just as a warning!
You can import your data from Goodreads. I know none of us want to start from scratch.
The features that LitRate promises are the ones that really float my boat. Graphs! Need I say more! Challenges. Buttons to unlock. I’m hyperventilating here even just thinking about all these. I need these!
Half stars. Because we all know there are times when a review calls for a half star.
I love Goodreads and have often blogged about my love of it. But what I love is the community and the book chat. I find the search function useless, the drama annoying and I hate that I can’t draft a post or even some notes and mark them private. All this and more would be possible on LitRate. If all my bookish friends move and we have a site with ALL the bells and whistles (not to mention all the graphs!) then I’ll be in booknerd nirvana.
I really want LitRate to happen. And you can help make it happen; you can pledge money (even $1 counts and can be powerful) and of course spreading the word is invaluable as you never know whose ear it will end up. Time is running out but THERE IS STILL TIME. Together we can do a lot in the 8 remaining days. I believe in our community, I believe we deserve the best and I believe LitRate would be just that.
Bookish Chat: Are you as excited about LitRate as I am? What feature would you love to see?