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goodreadsOne of my first online tasks of the year was to update my Goodreads reading challenge. I aimed for 50 books last year and fell just short, but one of my new year’s resolutions is to waste less time goofing around on-line and to spend my leisure time more productively. So I am aiming for 75 books this year—and while I do enjoy using Goodreads to track them, there are a few tweaks Amazon could make to the site which would make my tracking even easier. Here are my top three most-wanted Goodreads features. What are yours?

1) Ability to set a default format. Since I only log ebooks, I’d like to filter out the paper copy search results. I find that, especially when I am using the mobile app, it’s too hard to find the ebook or Kindle version in the maze of search results. Often, I have to choose a hardcover or paperback, then go back and modify the version when I go in to write the review. If I could set it to only show the Kindle or eBook format, it would make data entry much faster.

2) Ability to set a book as private. I actually read a few books Goodreads didn’t count in my tally last year because they were on—ahem—sensitive topics, and I didn’t care to broadcast those book titles to everyone on my Goodreads friends list—my boss and sister included. I’d have liked a way to log that book so it could count in my tally, but mark the details for my eyes only.

3) An expanded stats section. The stats section has the potential to be really interesting, but it’s buried several screens into the browsing, and it’s limited. I would love to see expanded stats options. What about a stat that sorts your books by Amazon sales rank? By country or origin of the author? The Beloved is a baseball fan and those people have stats for everything. Why can’t we book people have that?

 
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