Site Roadmap

Hi Book Buds,

Here at Book Notification, the work never stops!

We are working constantly on the site, and have so many cool features and ideas to implement. Our goal is to become the only book resource anyone ever needs!

We’re receiving lots of suggestions for ideas which is great!

ANYTHING we can do, big or small, to make your reading and website experience better, don’t hesitate to let us know.

On this page, I am going to state what we are currently working on, as well as give a sneak peek at what is in the works for down the road.

I won’t mention all features as we want to keep some top secret, but these are some of the big plans we have that I wanted to share so you know what’s coming up!

Last Updated: May 29th, 2024.



Currently Working On:

We launched in beta on January 1st, 2023 then officially on June 27th, 2023.

Our primary focuses are:

Goodreads Imports: Based on the amount of Goodreads imports, we have to add literally thousands of new authors, and then do a lot of matching for the users who imported their Goodreads lists. These keep coming in too. It’s great but requires a lot of work. The work involved is a lot because if someone has read just one book by an author who has written over 50 books, we need to go through and verify every single one of those books, put them in the correct place etc. As we work on this though, it cuts down future work on this due to having more and more authors.

New Books Process: The primary function of this site is to notify you of new books. We have various processes in place to keep tabs on when new books are coming out. As a note, we also keep track of when publication dates change so we can update those listings. Our current system does a great job, but we are always looking to improve it so we never miss out on any new books, catch every publication date change or when a book is delisted from online stores. This is taking up a lot of our focus right now as we want this process to be nothing but perfect! We have made many improvements but continue to focus on this until we feel it is 100% perfect.


In The Works…

We’re not going to list all of the key features of the site. But here are a few features to get excited about in no particular order:

User Profiles: Right now things are pretty limited in regard to your user profile. We’ll allow the option to upload/change avatars, change your display name, choose your default bookstore, and much more.

Book Buds: Want to invite friends to Book Notification, and see what they’re reading and rating? We will eventually have all of that in place. Ability to create digital book clubs with friends etc as well.

Dark Mode: A big job but in the works.

Google / Apple Calendar Integration: We have had requests to have our book calendar integrated with Google Calendar etc. in some way. There is a lot of work involved in this, but it’s on the list.

Recommendations: This won’t be soon, but I promise it will be worth the wait. Personalized book and series recommendations. Personally, I’m extremely disappointed with every recommendation engine or website out there. I’ve tried them all. Yesterday I tried a highly touted one and I told it my favourite authors were Lee Child, Mark Greaney, and Tom Wood. It recommended me the Jack Reacher series! Like yeah – Lee Child is one of my favourite authors. I’ve already read that!

We are going to have the best recommendation engine ever made, we can promise you that. So you will soon be cursing us for introducing you to so many new books.

Add Custom Books To Your Library: We don’t list omnibus books as we have the books listed separately. We also don’t primarily list “how to” manuals or activity books or similar. However we will offer the option for you to add this sort of thing to your library if you are using your library as your personal collection.

Different Email Notifications: Currently, we send the one weekly book notification e-mail with all the updates. Eventually, we will offer the options of receiving notice the day before a book is released, the day it is released, and also when it is added to our database.

Series & Book Search: Currently, you can only search authors. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer the ability to search series AND books!

Content Enhancements: One thing we want is to get more detailed biographies on the site of all authors. Lists are the priority, but the content is important too. We also want to include information about how authors are rated by our users. All of that will be worked on. Not a super exciting one, but it will be very helpful and beneficial for the website.

Select All Function: Want to mark all 28 books in the Jack Reacher series as “read” at once? We’re working on that option.

An App: The website is designed to work as best as possible on mobile phones and tablets, but we know people love their apps! It’s something we are looking into.

Genre Tagging: Want to be able to search just sci-fi authors, series, or books? Yep us too! This is still in its early stages but tied into the above two, we want you to be able to search for new books based on genre.

Hide Average Rating: Don’t want to see a book’s average rating? We get it. It’s on the list as an option.

Games: As someone who is hooked on the likes of NYT Connections and Wordle, I really want some book inspired games on here. I wish I could prioritize this but it will be live some day.

Reading Challenges / Streaks: We know a lot of people are fans of reading challenges. We want to have one of the coolest, most comprehensive reading challenge sections you’ve ever seen. This will be a big job but if you are into reading challenges, you’ll love it!

This will also go hand in hand with stats and charts. Who doesn’t love pie charts? Lots of cool plans involving those!

Audiobooks: We have a lot of cool ideas for audiobook readers such as detailed listings by the narrator, option to highlight books that have an audiobook version, separate reviews just for the audiobook, and more. Don’t worry I listen just as much as I read, so I’m pretty stoked about what we have in store.

Non-Goodreads Imports: We know many of you have your own custom spreadsheet or text document listing your book collection. No promises, but we’re exploring the ability to import that in. If you have your own book collection, send it on over to hello@booknotification.com so we can add it to the list for our tests!

Anthologies: We have some cool ideas involving anthologies. Right now if someone has a story within an anthology, or are the editor of an anthology, then that anthology will be listed within their list of books. However we want to do so much more with this, such as specifying if they are the author, then also listing the actual title of the story they have written within that anthology. This is going to be a massive process and is very low priority as we never really get requests related to this – but just wanted everyone to know it’s on the list!

Exporting: The ability to export your entire collection, book list, ratings etc.

Think that’s a lot? That’s just scratching the surface! If you want a book metaphor for this – the above is just the first five chapters in The Stand! We’ll update this page as the site progresses.

Site Completions / History:

Below is a list of notable changes and features to the site. This only lists the big stuff, not the millions of little things we are doing every day!

July 1st, 2022: Alpha Launch with 9000 authors.
January 1st, 2023: Beta Launch with 11,000 authors.
January 7th, 2023: Personalized Book Calendar on Sidebar.
January 9th, 2023: 12,000 authors!
January 16th, 2023: Started the email newsletter with site updates.
January 23rd, 2023: Weekly book notifications begin.
February 12th, 2023: 13,000 authors!
February 21st, 2023: 14,000 authors!
February 27th, 2023: 15,000 authors!
March 1st, 2023: “My Library” section completed.
March 6th, 2023: Author list now vertical instead of horizontal.
March 13th, 2023: 16,000 authors!
March 14th, 2023: Multi-author series only displays current author (option to expand).
March 24th, 2023: 17,000 authors!
April 8th, 2023: Set dates when you read a book.
April 10th, 2023: 18,000 authors!
April 12th, 2023: Middle Initials database fix implemented.
April 14th, 2023: Launched the Awards section. Will add one per week.
April 23rd, 2023: 19,000 authors!
April 24th, 2023: Cleared the “New Author Requests” Backlog.
April 29th, 2023: Default bookstores added in settings.
April 30th, 2023: First non-Amazon option added (Bookshop.org) to purchase from. Will be adding many more to shopping options as time permits.
May 8th, 2023: 20,000 authors!
May 9th, 2023: Track date books read. Anthologies hidden by default.
May 16th, 2023: Table of contents for all author listings added.
May 20th, 2023: 21,000 authors!
May 25th, 2023: Can change display name & profile picture on settings page.
June 6th, 2023: User & Average Ratings now display on authors page.
June 7th, 2023: Complete overhaul of the F.A.Q..
June 14th, 2023: 22,000 authors!
June 23rd, 2023: 23,000 authors!
July 19th, 2023: 24,000 Authors!
July 29th, 2023: “Last Name, First Name” in search now brings up author.
July 30th, 2023: List of books you have read in 2023 now under the “Reading Challenges” tab.
July 31st, 2023: 25,000 Authors!
August 17th, 2023: 26,000 Authors!
August 20th, 2023: Started weekly “Books Releasing This Week” posts.
August 24th, 2023: 27,000 authors!
August 28th, 2023: Series and series # added to weekly book notification e-mails.
September 10th, 2023: Authors with same name – unique identifier in search added.
September 15th, 2023: 28,000 authors!
September 20th, 2023: Information pop-up if book only available on authors website or mailing list.
September 23rd, 2023: Calendar page update – displays as list as well.
September 27th, 2023: 29,000 authors!
September 30th, 2023: “Back To Top” function added on each page.
October 3rd, 2023: Revamp of road map – removed all completed items.
October 6th, 2023: Added the very exciting “What’s Next” Feature.
October 8th, 2023: UID implemented to differentiate authors with same or similar name.
October 10th, 2023: 30,000 authors!
October 13th, 2023: Big overhaul of navigational system for better UX.
October 15th, 2023: Ability for us to write a description of a book series added.
October 20th, 2023: 31,000 authors!
October 27th, 2023: “Book Search” added to author pages.
October 29th, 2023: Disable auto follow authors, disable book manage popup added to settings.
October 30th, 2023: 32,000 authors!
November 13th, 2023: “All Caught Up” added to What’s Next section. Publication dates also added.
November 14th, 2023: 33,000 authors!
December 2nd, 2023: 34,000 authors!
December 23rd, 2023: 35,000 authors!
December 24th, 2023: Author Insights section added to author pages.
January 2nd, 2024: Book tagging added.
January 8th, 2024: 36,000 authors!
January 21st, 2024: 37,000 authors!
January 27th, 2024: Added: Audiobook feature toggle, page count, audiobook hours count, time to read a book, date starting reading.
February 5th, 2024:38,000 authors!
February 18th, 2024: 39,000 authors!
February 24th, 2024: “Pick a Random Book To Read”, enhancements to author insights.
March 10th, 2024: 40,000 authors.
March 17th, 2024: Book Search Launched.
March 26th, 2024: 41,000 authors.
April 1st, 2024: Started Daily New Book Releases posts, which you can see on our Facebook, Twitter, and Subreddit.
April 11th, 2024: 42,000 authors.
April 18th, 2024: Started Booktalks.
April 27th, 2024: Author content enhancement and author book stats. Details in April Newsletter.
April 29th, 2024: 43,000 authors!
May 8th, 2024: 44,000 authors!
May 15th, 2024: 45,000 authors!
May 24th, 2024: 46,000 authors!
May 25th, 2024: User statistics added! (Phase 1)



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