A beautiful, simple alternative to Goodreads 📚

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#2 Product of the DayMay 17, 2018

bookclub is a beautiful way to track and share the books you read.

  • Pros: 

    Nice clean design, easy to use


    Missing any features, forced social media login

    Seems like a big ad for the Amazon Affiliate Program. or an undercover sales website. Forced social media login, no email address only login. No way to interact with friends to see what they are reading, yet it says it's an alternative to Goodreads. No way to add books you've already read from Amazon since they are a part of the affiliate program, this would be a great addition.

    Oh yeah, no app!

    Niesha Kennedy-Robinson has used this product for one day.
  • ahounou khaled
    ahounou khaledtechnology lover and voracious reader

    I love the design. It's clean and easy to use.


    See below

    Hi @jrdngonen !

    Some suggestions :

    1- Give directly focus on the input zone when adding new books. It's tiring to drag the mouse in again and again

    2- Find some inventive way to add new books. Here are some suggestions :

    *add books from previous platforms: Amazon reading list, Goodreads...

    *make possible to choose tag about authors and categories and books should appear and you have just to check them with check button to add them all at once (add single book each time is tiring)

    3-make possible to organize books by collections and each collection can be assigned to a knowledge tree. So people who have read a lot of books can easily guide newcomers to where to start and the path to go to become master in a domain.

    4-add notes or badge to users whose collections or knowledge tree are shared the most and who respond to newcomers in the domains their knowledge trees are about. A system like Wikipedia or StackOverflow

    *help the collection and knowledge trees owners demonstrate their expertise by making periodic quiz and challenges about their domains (you can guess by the kind of book they read)

    5- Find a way to bring already successful authors (for eg: by creating a profile for them they can claim later) and make possible to people to interact with them by asking questions about their books

    6- Business model suggestion: Use data about collections and knowledge trees accessed by users to advertise newly released books to a specific target.

    7- Use renowned expert in some domain (eg: Bill Gates, Marc Zuck, Steve Blank, Sean Ellis...) create a profile for them and import their read books to apply when possible the above suggestions

    8- a last but not urging thing to add: make possible to add a comment about a book and half-start for more specific notes about books

    That's all for now. If I find something new, will edit and update this post

    ahounou khaled has used this product for one day.
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Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
Hi PH 👋We're really excited to be launching "bookclub profiles" today 📚 Profiles are simple and seamless. Check out mine: This is just the first page of a long roadmap we have ahead (stats, communities, feeds, etc.) but we would love to hear what you think about "square one." 1 - Would be awesome if you could create an account and comment/share it! We'll be featuring/sharing profiles across social. (@joinbookclub) 2 - What do you want to see next? In tackling such an obvious opportunity, we are overwhelmed with ideas. Infinite things to build. What do you see as the most important next step in building out bookclub? Thanks for the support! 😻 (as a small disclaimer, we earn revenue as partners of the Amazon Affiliate Program). Whose profile would you like to see? Tag them on twitter/social!
@jrdngonen Hi there! I have some quick feedback: I wish I could choose a specific edition of the book, like on GoodReads, to make it actually match my bookshelf.
Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
@cenk Ah, good point! Right now we are using the Amazon Product API to query. Will look into making more refined. Thanks!
Stephen Chip
Stephen Chip@stephenchip · Co-founder,
@cenk @jrdngonen Maybe add a thumbnail next to the dropdown list that appears when you type. Had a similar issue. Also, If you select a book, and it's the wrong one or edition, it would be nice to initiate a new search from the pop up modal versus closing and clicking +add book again.
Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
@cenk @stephenchip Good fix! Definitely looking into :)
Jacob Schein
Jacob ScheinMaker@jacob_schein
@cenk @jrdngonen @stephenchip Thanks for the feedback, Stephen! Quickly implemented a "back to search" button and will definitely look into thumbnails as well.
Girl Alex
Girl Alex@grlalx · Director of Platform @Backstage Capital
YAY. Congrats on the launch guys!! Excited to see a Goodreads competitor finally emergeee Few initial thoughts: 1. I would love the ability to import my library from a CSV! (like most people...probably from Goodreads) 2. The view I get is "my library". How are you guys thinking social will play into this? 3. Organization: love the shelves by stars, will there be options to choose how we can organize books? Goodreads uses bookshelves, but there are definitely cooler ways to do it. I've always thought it could be cool to create collections of books you've read as a response to prompts that are relatable to life. could be serious or even funny... - on the serious side for ex: "What books would you recommend to someone struggling with decisions about the future" - or get way more playful with it: "A 19 year old girl is stuck in a bus with her sorority sisters after going through a bad breakup and really just wants to be entertained but also understood" 😂 4. Any plan for sharing quotes or favorite takeaway messages?
Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
@grlalx thanks for the feedback and appreciate the support! I'll do my best to answer your Q's but this is still very much a WIP. 1 - Agreed! This is a popular request : ) 2 - We are definitely still figuring it out. A few ideas: - "clubs/communities" - find people reading things you read - feed 3 - Agreed. Originally, we thought of our product as a "book list creator." We see that as a potential next step (around different types of list you can create." 4 - For now, we are focused on "what you read" but perhaps soon! Thanks for the questions/tips :)
Jared Zoneraich
Jared Zoneraich@imjaredz · UC Berkeley '20; Founder of @hackBCA
Love this! Beautifully designed and great way to keep track of the books I'm reading.
Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
Alex Banaga
Alex BanagaMaker@alexbanaga ·
Andrew Hart
Andrew Hart@andrewprojdent
Finally. Using GoodReads is such a frustrating experience, but for the longest time has been the only option for logging books. There's been a big gap in the market for something like this to exist. Really excited to start using it. Letterboxd for books.
Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
@andrewprojdent hey Andrew, thanks for the kind words! Appreciate the support and definitely share your sentiment. This is of course just the start - tons of new features, opportunities down the road. Infinite ideas! @samin100 had this idea for us: “snap a photo of your physical bookshelf and we’ll populate it virtually.” Also a number of cool "AR" implementations around books. Will definitely keep you in the loop :)
Are there any shelves like "read", "currently reading" and "to-read"? They are really useful. Overall looks like just too raw product to be on Product Hunt so far. The results of the search aren't user-friendly. If you click on one item from the list there is no way to go back to the results of the search.
Jordan Gonen
Jordan GonenMaker@jrdngonen · trying my best.
@cherrywins Hey! Thanks for the feedback. Re: sentiment around "rawness" - I think, in many ways, this is definitely a raw product in the sense that it is the "base layer" (assumption layer) around what we are aiming to do. With this launch, we were hoping to test our core assumptions around product before investing heavily in UX and more features. 1 - We're experimenting with "shelves" currently. Definitely a good idea and will explore. 2 - We have got a lot more in the pipeline around improving the UX / publishing experience. Will definitely keep you in the loop and once again appreciate the feedback.
Antônio Guilherme Ferreira Viggiano
Antônio Guilherme Ferreira Viggiano@aviggiano · Entrepreneur
@cherrywins I agree that it's still raw, but my conclusion here is that Goodreads is so bad but so bad (even though it's practically the only option in the market) that people are willing to upvote bookclub to the stars just to see it thrive.
@aviggiano honestly, I don't think that Goodreads is so bad. What don't you like about it? I agree that there should be several options on the market, but it takes a long time to be at least on the same level with Goodreads. It is not just a product, it is a community.
Antônio Guilherme Ferreira Viggiano
Antônio Guilherme Ferreira Viggiano@aviggiano · Entrepreneur
@cherrywins The UX is what bothers me the most. The website is slow, and the mobile app doesn't have most of the features of the website, being just a webview in some times. Also, the design feels too old, and the social network features are not very immersive. I feel that it could be much better. And also I agree that the community is bigger than the product, that's why it's not that easy to find a replacement.