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Goodreads

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Created 19 December 2015 by Belle B. Cooper

Moved into Not possible 19 October 2016

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    Josh Sharp

    The issue with tracking Goodreads is that we try to add services that provide data at least on a single-day level — for example, "one workout today" — but with Goodreads tracking, for example, "one book completed today" is disingenuous because you've probably been reading that book for weeks! And very few people update their intra-book progress so that's not really an answer.

    I'm not convinced that this will be all that useful for users, but I am happy to be swayed.

    19 December 2015
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    Barbed Bella

    What about tracking pages read in a day?

    01 March 2016
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    Halsted M. Bernard

    Yes, pages read in a day would be great.

    01 March 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    Sure, but as I mentioned there, very few people will actually bother to track and input their number of pages read every day, so it won't be very useful.

    01 March 2016
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    Halsted M. Bernard

    Really? I track my pages read regularly...

    01 March 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    @cygnoir interesting! Anecdotally none of my goodreads friends do, and I do it only very irregularly. So you update your reading progress every day you read?

    02 March 2016
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    Halsted M. Bernard

    Yes. But I might be an outlier. I'm a librarian and writer. ;)

    02 March 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    @cygnoir maybe, but that's good to know. A goodreads integration would work for you at least! And perhaps others.

    02 March 2016
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    David Ariola

    at least total pages and reporting would be cool

    10 March 2016
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    Oreios

    @joshsharp Dear Josh,

    Would it be possible to fetch the API of goodreads when you start reading a book and fetch again when you finished the book? Then you can easily make daily calculations?

    Based on those calculations you could again get daily averages and so on?

    04 April 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    @oreios we could probably guess at how much you've read each day using this method, but I'm not really comfortable doing this because 1) it means we don't know an average for a particular day until you've finished the book, so we have to then update all past days with that data, and it becomes less useful the further into the past that is, and 2) guesses aren't great - we want to make sure the data we get on your activity is as accurate as possible. We don't want to give you credit for reading on days you didn't, for example, as this can have a flow-on effect and skew other correlations.

    At this stage I'm still in favour of tracking reading progress by percentage or number of pages read and recorded per day as @cygnoir and @barbedbella propose - it requires more effort, but results in much more accurate data :)

    05 April 2016
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    Robin Boomer

    @joshsharp I tend to log my pages read a few times per week, but I would be inclined to do so everyday if it was tracked.

    05 April 2016
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    Japheth Thomson

    I basically never update Goodreads at all, let alone with my pages read data. But if it was being tracked in Exist, I would make an effort to update more regularly :D

    18 May 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    Goodreads' terms state you can't use their API for commercial uses without their approval. I've applied for approval but got a response saying they don't let *anybody* use it commercially. I don't know if the support person or the terms are wrong, but anyway, we're unable to do much about this given they're uninterested in replying further to clarify :|

    25 July 2016
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    Alex Strick van Linschoten

    @joshsharp Can't you just hook up to your Goodreads "read" queue's RSS feed? I do that to hook GR up with Beeminder (via IFTTT).

    09 September 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    @strickvl to get books read that would work, but not to get progress reading a book, unless that is also included?

    09 September 2016
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    Alex Strick van Linschoten

    @joshsharp nope. they just offer custom RSS feeds for all of your 'shelves', so it would only track the total number of books you're reading

    09 September 2016
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    Josh Sharp

    @strickvl that's not really useful enough data for us on its own unfortunately.

    09 September 2016
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    Paul Freeman

    Just want to say that I update my pages read daily and I would love to know how weather, food choices, etc affect how much I read

    28 March
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    Diego Eis

    All the stats that GoodReads bring to users is not useful for something?
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/stat...

    Some correlations:
    - you read more when you run less
    - you read more pages than you heard music
    - you walk less when you read more pages

    18 April
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    Josh Sharp

    Diego, you may have missed the comment there among the others but we cannot add goodreads support as it is against their terms to integrate it commercially. Out of our hands I'm afraid.

    19 April