Hi everyone, and thank you for visiting Book Notification.
My name is Graeme McGaw, and I am the creator of this website. I’m pictured to the right, along with my wife Janise, and my kids Mason and Ella.
We all love reading books, and listening to audiobooks. My favourite genres are spy thrillers and psychological thrillers. I’m also a big fan of horror writer Bentley Little, and science fiction in the style of authors like Blake Crouch. My wife has similar interests.
My son is a big fan of the Bobiverse, and my daughter is a fan of anything that is popular on “BookTok”, which I love to see. It’s great seeing so many young people getting into reading these days thanks to a social media platform.
I have been operating book websites since 2010. You may know me from websites such as OrderOfBooks.com and BookSeriesInOrder.com.
Before I go any further – if you own a blog or website and could add a link to our website, that would be appreciated. Links help us out so much. You can use our logo below:
By using the code below. Just click “Copy” to copy it to your clipboard:
It’s a square image dimension wise so you can make it smaller if you wish. If you would prefer a different size or layout etc just ask.
If you prefer a simple text link like Book Notification then you can use the following HTML code:<a href=”https://www.BookNotification.com”>Book Notification</a>
Thank you so much! Feel free to share the site on Social Media. It’s such a big help for us and much appreciated.
I initially created those websites purely for myself as a lover of reading, and that’s my main goal with Book Notification. Back in 2010 when I was reading series such as the Scot Harvath and Mitch Rapp series, I was struggling to find the proper order of the books online. So I took on the task myself of creating those websites. They were initially a personal project but have proven to be very popular, and are now visited by more than 2 million people per month.
I initially wanted to expand those websites to add additional features such as book tracking, notifications on new books, printing of book lists and much more. While I was exploring this, FictFact closed down. This was back in 2019. Fictfact was an excellent service for being able to keep track of books that you had read by an author, along with a personalized book release calendar, and many other great features. It was the only book site I personally used, other than my own.
I decided at that point to make Book Notification a seperate entity, and incorporate features such as tracking the books you have read, marking “DNF” for do not finish, rating books, and everything else a reader wishes to do. Everything that I loved to do on Fictfact.
It’s been a lot of work but I was able to announce the alpha launch of Book Notification on August 1st, 2022. We then started the beta launch phase on January 1st, 2023, promoting the site to the OrderOfBooks.com newsletter.
Please note this is a beta version of the site; by using it, you are essentially helping us beta test. That’s an excellent excuse for us so if anything blows up, we can blame it on being a beta!
We have many, many plans for the site. Here is what the site launched with:
- Ability to subscribe to an author, and get notified on new books by your favorite authors.
- Ability to mark any books as “read” or “did not finish”.
- Ability to comment on any author page and review the author, write about your favorite book.
- Regular news posts to keep you updated on what is going on in the book world.
- Your own personal book calendar!!!
I’d like to say that now the site has launched, the hard work is over. Instead – the hard work is just beginning! We have so many new features planned. These include:
- CSV/XLS imports from other websites of your book lists.
- Subscribe to just a series, as opposed to author.
- Genre tagging, ability to break authors, series and books down by genre.
- A big recommendations engine based off actual data; not some artificial list.
- A mobile app.
- A friends system where you can share books, wishlists etc with friends
And so much more. You can keep updated on what we are doing on the roadmap.
For now we just want to thank you for trying out the site. Like I said above – this is a beta.
You might also notice this little fella in various spots around the site:
We call him “Book Buddy” or “Book Bot”, and it refers to the comprehensive database system that powers Book Notification, and my other sites. Initially, we planned to make it an official mascot and have it all over the site. However, a few people pointed out that it gave the vibe of a “kids site”. Totally get that! So we’ve pulled it back a bit, although you will still see it in a few spots on the site just to add a bit of colour!
Our writing staff is as follows:
There are also quite a few behind-the-scenes people who are busy working on the database every day. they are Frank, Deb B., Melissa M. and Mason M.
A big thank you as well to Helen D. whose research work was instrumental in the launch of this website, and to Alana M. and Janise M., whose database work in the early days was instrumental in getting this website off the ground.
Finally, the biggest thank you of all to you – the readers, and visitors of my websites over the years.
Please feel free to contact us if:
- There are any issues at all – be it with the site, or a book list
- If you have any suggestions for improving the current user experience
- If there are any future ideas you would like for us to implement
This is your site and we want to make it the best possible site for all readers.
You can reach us at email@example.com or by filling in the contact form on any page. It’s in the sidebar on desktop, or do a lotta scrolling down if you’re on mobile.
Thank you so much for visiting and trying out the site.