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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #100 on: February 17, 2013, 09:26:07 AM »
Betsy is correct - and last night I shortened a delay timer in the software. After seeing your reports this morning, I've lengthened that timer.

Sorry for the inconvenience -please give it another few tries and see if this helps improve its retrieval of your book covers! Thank you.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #101 on: February 17, 2013, 09:36:29 AM »
 ;D

We are reading too much, aren't we.  :P

I left it alone for a while and hit save again and for right now, it shows all I added. I think because its new with everyone adding and saving over and over and just playing with it. I know I did.  ;D

I am amazed as it is how its not slowing anything down. I mean the board loads as fast as ever.

Me thinks Harvey knows what he's doing.  :P

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #102 on: February 17, 2013, 09:45:54 AM »
Cool! Thanks Harvey!   :)
 
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #103 on: February 17, 2013, 09:46:35 AM »
;D

We are reading too much, aren't we.  :P

I left it alone for a while and hit save again and for right now, it shows all I added. I think because its new with everyone adding and saving over and over and just playing with it. I know I did.  ;D

I am amazed as it is how its not slowing anything down. I mean the board loads as fast as ever.

Me thinks Harvey knows what he's doing.  :P

:) Some might dispute that!

The nice thing is, once the Setup page has done its job, the Reading Bars in the signatures are really lightweight graphics - less than 25KB in most cases - so they load very quickly in the forum.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #104 on: February 17, 2013, 09:54:39 AM »
Cagnes, you made me click on your bar. I saw some covers that intrigued me.

This is just fantastic for readers. And we don't have to go to other sites to show others our reading lists.

Not getting a lot of reading in with all this clicking on reading bars.  :D

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #105 on: February 17, 2013, 10:03:09 AM »
Cagnes, you made me click on your bar. I saw some covers that intrigued me.

This is just fantastic for readers. And we don't have to go to other sites to show others our reading lists.

Not getting a lot of reading in with all this clicking on reading bars.  :D

I've been clicking away too & spotted some intriguing books on your bar as well! Awesome feature!
 
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #106 on: February 17, 2013, 10:04:19 AM »
Cagnes, you made me click on your bar. I saw some covers that intrigued me.

Not getting a lot of reading in with all this clicking on reading bars.  :D

I think I may have you beat. I actually bought a book while looking up the ASIN for one of my TBR books to put on my reading page.  :D


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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #107 on: February 17, 2013, 10:32:59 AM »
I do have one suggestion - not a biggie but just a thought.  If the titles Reading, Recently Read and Reading Next could be bolded to stand out - that would be nice.  Just a little something but not a big deal.  Overall, I love this new feature!

The only downside to seeing these Reading Bars is all the $$$ I am destined to spend when something interesting appears on someone's else Reading Bar.  LOL!
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #108 on: February 17, 2013, 10:41:32 AM »
I have one small suggestion.

Make it a rule that authors cannot put their own books in their reading bars.

My reasoning is that I would like to see what people are reading, not what they have written. The bar shouldn't be turned into a billboard for self-promotion.

I would even extend that to include publishers.

Perhaps, "You may not add books in which you have a financial interest."

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #109 on: February 17, 2013, 10:46:12 AM »
I do have one suggestion - not a biggie but just a thought.  If the titles Reading, Recently Read and Reading Next could be bolded to stand out - that would be nice.  Just a little something but not a big deal.  Overall, I love this new feature!

The only downside to seeing these Reading Bars is all the $$$ I am destined to spend when something interesting appears on someone's else Reading Bar.  LOL!

Thank you, I will note that for the next release!

I have one small suggestion.

Make it a rule that authors cannot put their own books in their reading bars.

My reasoning is that I would like to see what people are reading, not what they have written. The bar shouldn't be turned into a billboard for self-promotion.

I would even extend that to include publishers.

Perhaps, "You may not add books in which you have a financial interest."

Hmm, there is some merit in that. I need to think about how difficult it might be to police that. I do agree that the Reading Bar is of more value when it holds people's actual books that they're reading, not books they're trying to promote.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #110 on: February 17, 2013, 07:49:38 PM »
Thanks for adding this. I'm having fun seeing everyone's books. I'm sure it will cost me money, though! ;)

Is there a way to post recently read books and reading now in the signature bar, but to leave out reading next? I'm another one who picks my next book based on my particular mood when it's time to pick a whim.

Edited to add: By the way, that version of The Martian Chronicles in my signature is the hardcover, since it's not available for Kindle. I bought it last year to reread the book, although I'm keeping my 35 cent school book club copy with the brittle yellow pages for nostalgia purposes.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #111 on: February 17, 2013, 09:15:06 PM »
Thanks for adding this. I'm having fun seeing everyone's books. I'm sure it will cost me money, though! ;)

Is there a way to post recently read books and reading now in the signature bar, but to leave out reading next? I'm another one who picks my next book based on my particular mood when it's time to pick a whim.

Edited to add: By the way, that version of The Martian Chronicles in my signature is the hardcover, since it's not available for Kindle. I bought it last year to reread the book, although I'm keeping my 35 cent school book club copy with the brittle yellow pages for nostalgia purposes.

Hi, thanks for your suggestion. It's a reasonable idea and we'll take it into account for a future release!  - Harvey
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #112 on: February 18, 2013, 04:39:39 AM »
Hi, thanks for your suggestion. It's a reasonable idea and we'll take it into account for a future release!  - Harvey

Meanwhile. . .just throw any books you haven't read in there if you don't like the blank spaces. . . . maybe the title should be changed to 'reading sometime'  or just 'To Be Read'. :D

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #113 on: February 18, 2013, 06:45:57 AM »
And remember: when you spend your money by clicking through on a signature link, KB gets an affiliate payment. ;D

Somehow I got under the impression Amazon stopped giving KB  a % on kindle books purchased through links here?  Am I wrong?  I'd like to know because I stopped purchasing through links here because of that. I just read it somewhere on KB a couple years ago.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #114 on: February 18, 2013, 06:47:50 AM »
Somehow I got under the impression Amazon stopped giving KB  a % on kindle books purchased through links here?  Am I wrong?  I'd like to know because I stopped purchasing through links here because of that. I just read it somewhere on KB a couple years ago.

I remember that too!

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #115 on: February 18, 2013, 06:48:00 AM »
Probably a stupid ?.  But will it max out what the siggy bar will hold? And if it does and I remove some to make room on bar does it remove them from my reading page?
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #116 on: February 18, 2013, 06:50:18 AM »
Somehow I got under the impression Amazon stopped giving KB  a % on kindle books purchased through links here?  Am I wrong?  I'd like to know because I stopped purchasing through links here because of that. I just read it somewhere on KB a couple years ago.

Maybe 5 years ago, amazon did temporarily stop doing affiliate payments on Kindle books.  But they still paid on everything else, so it was still worth it to go TO amazon via our links in case you shopped beyond the kindle store.  But not long after that, they did reinstate the Kindle book affiliate payments, though at, I believe, a lower level.

Harvey will know more -- I'll alert him to the question and have him come and clarify.

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #117 on: February 18, 2013, 06:52:10 AM »
Probably a stupid ?.  But will it max out what the siggy bar will hold? And if it does and I remove some to make room on bar does it remove them from my reading page?

The bar in your signature will automatically take just the top ones on the list for each section and give you a 2-6-2 size bar, regardless of whether you have more or less that that on your list.

Your reading page will show all the ones on the list up to the maximun number of lines available on the set-up page.

EDIT: Therefore to force what you want on to the sig bar, you need to put those books at the top of the appropriate section.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #118 on: February 18, 2013, 06:53:22 AM »
Probably a stupid ?.  But will it max out what the siggy bar will hold? And if it does and I remove some to make room on bar does it remove them from my reading page?

In the set up, there are a finite number of spaces; you can fill them all in, and they'll all show on your reading page. Once you get to the maximum for each category, you'll have to delete one to add another.

The sig bar will only show the first 2, 6, and 2 you have listed.  OR you can use the alternate bars: one has space for 10 'recently read' and one is just a single 'reading now'.

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #119 on: February 18, 2013, 06:55:55 AM »
Ann is correct; Amazon briefly stopped paying affiliate fees on digital books; however they reinstated that program.  Any purchases made through our links results in a bit of cash to keep the lights on here.

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #120 on: February 18, 2013, 07:42:30 AM »
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Glad to know that. I'll go back to putting my purchases (from computer) through here again.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #121 on: February 18, 2013, 10:03:14 AM »
I do have one suggestion - not a biggie but just a thought.  If the titles Reading, Recently Read and Reading Next could be bolded to stand out - that would be nice.  Just a little something but not a big deal.  Overall, I love this new feature!

The only downside to seeing these Reading Bars is all the $$$ I am destined to spend when something interesting appears on someone's else Reading Bar.  LOL!

We followed up on your suggestion and made the font a little bolder in the headers. Also, Ann suggested that we rename the 'Reading Next' category to 'To Be Read', which implies a little more flexibility in your next reading choices!

You can see the changes in my sig. (You might have to press F5 to reload your browser's cache.)
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #122 on: February 18, 2013, 01:51:18 PM »
Just for fun, we've added a "Random Reading Bars" page for you to browse.

You can find the link to it at the bottom of your Reading Page:

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #123 on: February 18, 2013, 02:01:15 PM »
Just for fun, we've added a "Random Reading Bars" page for you to browse.

You can find the link to it at the bottom of your Reading Page:

http://kboards.com/reading


since i have avatars and signatures turned off, i like this random reading bar thingie.

is there gonna be any other way to access it?

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #124 on: February 18, 2013, 02:29:09 PM »
^ I don't think so as it's kind of a novelty item. The direct URL is http://kboards.com/reading/random.php if it's something that people want to bookmark.
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