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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #150 on: February 20, 2013, 07:19:03 AM »
Its happening on both, the setup page and the reading page. Right now its not showing any of my "To be Read" on my reading page. Its just small squares. The squares are new though. It used to just not show certain books. I can refresh my reading page and it will show a different set of books, usually not all. Sometimes it will show 10 of my recently read, then 12, or 5. Same with the other 2 fields.
On the setup page sometimes it will show the number and then just "by" instead of the title. But its not always matched with what it shows on the reading page.

I can't think of the last time I actually saw all the books on my reading page that I have filled in on the setup page.  :P. I figured it was the system overloaded, but I don't notice many others posting they have that issue.

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #151 on: February 20, 2013, 07:30:29 AM »
I was wondering how everyone was doing this.. duh.. maybe if I would just read all the forums..  Will get mine set up after work..

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #152 on: February 20, 2013, 07:33:29 AM »
Its happening on both, the setup page and the reading page. Right now its not showing any of my "To be Read" on my reading page. Its just small squares. The squares are new though. It used to just not show certain books. I can refresh my reading page and it will show a different set of books, usually not all. Sometimes it will show 10 of my recently read, then 12, or 5. Same with the other 2 fields.
On the setup page sometimes it will show the number and then just "by" instead of the title. But its not always matched with what it shows on the reading page.

I can't think of the last time I actually saw all the books on my reading page that I have filled in on the setup page.  :P. I figured it was the system overloaded, but I don't notice many others posting they have that issue.

Ack, you detected a bug in the Reading Page - that I introduced late last night... and just fixed. It was preventing the To Be Read covers from being displayed on the Reading Page. That's fixed now.

Other than that, my covers are showing up pretty reliably, both on the Setup Page and on the Reading Page. Let me know how your experience is and maybe we can track down what's happening that makes it more inconsistent with you (and maybe others as well).

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #153 on: February 20, 2013, 07:34:11 AM »
I was wondering how everyone was doing this.. duh.. maybe if I would just read all the forums..  Will get mine set up after work..

Looking forward to seeing it!
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #154 on: February 20, 2013, 08:55:10 AM »
Does clicking the M next to the book in to be read automatically move it to currently reading?  very cool feature 
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #155 on: February 20, 2013, 09:59:35 AM »
Ack, you detected a bug in the Reading Page - that I introduced late last night... and just fixed. It was preventing the To Be Read covers from being displayed on the Reading Page. That's fixed now.

Other than that, my covers are showing up pretty reliably, both on the Setup Page and on the Reading Page. Let me know how your experience is and maybe we can track down what's happening that makes it more inconsistent with you (and maybe others as well).

Thanks!

I am still getting the small rectangles in place of some of the covers. They move. If I refresh my reading page 10 times, I get 10 different results on what covers will be missing. They are in all the 3 sections. Reading, recently read and to be read. Its just random which ones will be gone. Sometimes its 2, other times its 4, 6 etc. I have yet to get all my listed books to show up.
I deleted 2 from the recently read list to keep it at 14, which is 2 rows. I have 5 in to be read and 2 right now in reading.

But I still have the same issue still in the set up page where the "by" with the missing title appears on random books. The number always stays in the field though. And it doesn't really correlate with whats appearing, or not appearing on the reading page.

Confusing.  :D
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #156 on: February 20, 2013, 10:17:17 AM »
Looking forward to seeing it!

took a work break.. and added mine.. very cool!  Thanks..will probably use this instead of the "what are you reading" thread!

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #157 on: February 20, 2013, 11:07:09 AM »
Does clicking the M next to the book in to be read automatically move it to currently reading?  very cool feature 

Yes, it does! It's a new feature.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #158 on: February 20, 2013, 11:10:02 AM »
I am still getting the small rectangles in place of some of the covers. They move. If I refresh my reading page 10 times, I get 10 different results on what covers will be missing. They are in all the 3 sections. Reading, recently read and to be read. Its just random which ones will be gone. Sometimes its 2, other times its 4, 6 etc. I have yet to get all my listed books to show up.
I deleted 2 from the recently read list to keep it at 14, which is 2 rows. I have 5 in to be read and 2 right now in reading.

But I still have the same issue still in the set up page where the "by" with the missing title appears on random books. The number always stays in the field though. And it doesn't really correlate with whats appearing, or not appearing on the reading page.

Confusing.  :D

The Setup page reads the ASINs that you've previously stored, and for each one it makes a call to Amazon's database to retrieve the cover, author, and title. It seems that you're getting hit with a lot of failed retrievals there... and, as you say, the books it fails to retrieve can be random and have no correlation to the Reading Page.

I don't have an immediate answer, except to say I'm sorry for the inconvenience and I'll keep looking into it.
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #159 on: February 20, 2013, 11:23:50 AM »
That's alright Harvey. Most of the time I have enough covers to show something in my bar.  ;D

Maybe it will straighten itself out over time. Maybe Amazon doesn't like what I read.  :P
People will think I am reading naughty things that need to be censored.  :D. And I am alright with that.  ;D

I have enough books filled in to display some, so even if a few keep wandering off. I love the new move buttons. Once this is set up now, I don't really have to do anything but hit a button.

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #160 on: February 20, 2013, 12:04:29 PM »
Yes, it does! It's a new feature.
thanks Harvey that's what I figured...Love the new bar/pg
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #161 on: February 20, 2013, 02:10:11 PM »
took a work break.. and added mine.. very cool!  Thanks..will probably use this instead of the "what are you reading" thread!

Ooh, a new Robert Crais book!  Okay, so this cool new tool is getting expensive...   ;D

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #162 on: February 20, 2013, 02:47:04 PM »
The new reading bar is pretty nifty - way to go Harvey!

Feature request - Would you be willing to add a check box next to each category that people can selectively choose which categories to display?  For example, I have no idea what I'm going to read next, which is typical for me, so I would like to leave off the 'To Be Read' section.   

Some general observations:
  • What I do now - When reading a forum post, I check the poster's name, and then I check their reading bar.  It's a great way to judge a book by its cover (err..., get an idea of who they are by what they read)
  • A lot of people read multiple books at the same time - I'm surprised how many people show two books they are reading at a time.  I'm more of a one-book-at-a-time man.
  • Planning ahead - I noticed a lot of people have one or two books on their 'To Be Read' list.  I usually don't know what I'm going to read next until I finish the book I'm on.
  • Interesting looking at people's reading order - It is kind of neat seeing the order some folks read books.  I noticed one person read like eight Ed McBain books in a row, while others seem to read romance stuff, some a mix of genres, etc.
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Re: Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #163 on: February 20, 2013, 02:49:21 PM »
I'm planning on using the what I am reading thread to comment on the books I have in my Sig.

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #164 on: February 20, 2013, 03:02:19 PM »
...A lot of people read multiple books at the same time - I'm surprised how many people show two books they are reading at a time.  I'm more of a one-book-at-a-time man.
Planning ahead - I noticed a lot of people have one or two books on their 'To Be Read' list.  I usually don't know what I'm going to read next until I finish the book I'm on.

I also only read one book at at time, but I don't like seeing the gap on the bar so I'm leaving the book I finished immediately before the current one under the 'reading' section. It'll go across to 'recently read' when I start my next book.

What I intend to read next changes hourly, so I just put a few books off my TBR list on to that section on the reading page and just let the sig bar pick up the top two off the list. I make no promises that those are the ones I will actually read next!
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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #165 on: February 20, 2013, 03:06:17 PM »
I also only read one book at at time, but I don't like seeing the gap on the bar so I'm leaving the book I finished immediately before the current one under the 'reading' section. It'll go across to 'recently read' when I start my next book.

What I intend to read next changes hourly, so I just put a few books off my TBR list on to that section on the reading page and just let the sig bar pick up the top two off the list. I make no promises that those are the ones I will actually read next!

That is kind of what I am doing. I usually read one book at time too and didn't like a hole in my bar.  ;D. So I put another in I will read next. High probability, but no guarantee.  ;D. The left one is always the one I am reading now though.
And I too just stick a few in to be read I plan on reading next. But that too can change at any time. Its a tentative reading list. I rarely stick to lists though, unless I have library books piled up that need to be read.

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« Reply #166 on: February 20, 2013, 03:29:01 PM »
That is kind of what I am doing. I usually read one book at time too and didn't like a hole in my bar.  ;D. So I put another in I will read next. High probability, but no guarantee.  ;D. The left one is always the one I am reading now though.
And I too just stick a few in to be read I plan on reading next. But that too can change at any time. Its a tentative reading list. I rarely stick to lists though, unless I have library books piled up that need to be read.

There's often a book I liked but stopped for some reason, such as a library book arriving. That's what I have as my second book.  And I just have possibilities under TO BE READ not a commitment....

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #167 on: February 20, 2013, 03:46:49 PM »
The new reading bar is pretty nifty - way to go Harvey!

Feature request - Would you be willing to add a check box next to each category that people can selectively choose which categories to display?  For example, I have no idea what I'm going to read next, which is typical for me, so I would like to leave off the 'To Be Read' section.   

Some general observations:
  • What I do now - When reading a forum post, I check the poster's name, and then I check their reading bar.  It's a great way to judge a book by its cover (err..., get an idea of who they are by what they read)
  • A lot of people read multiple books at the same time - I'm surprised how many people show two books they are reading at a time.  I'm more of a one-book-at-a-time man.
  • Planning ahead - I noticed a lot of people have one or two books on their 'To Be Read' list.  I usually don't know what I'm going to read next until I finish the book I'm on.
  • Interesting looking at people's reading order - It is kind of neat seeing the order some folks read books.  I noticed one person read like eight Ed McBain books in a row, while others seem to read romance stuff, some a mix of genres, etc.

Thank you! That check-box suggestion is a good one, and one I hadn't considered. It would be very doable compared to the alternative of having variable-length boxes in the Reading Bar, that depend on how many are in each list.

In fact - now that I think about this a bit - the easiest way to implement it would be to offer an alternative Reading Bar choice that just shows 2 books for Reading Now, and 6 books for Recently Read. (i.e. omitting the To Be Read part of the bar).

I also hear some of the other comments about having 1 versus 2 books in the Reading Now part of it. I suppose we could have a 1-book and a 2-book option for the Reading Now part of it. I need to weigh that against the downside of having *too* many options that tend to be overwhelming. I know I get paralyzed when I have too many choices!!

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Re: New feature: get your Reading Page, and a forum Reading Bar
« Reply #168 on: February 20, 2013, 03:48:46 PM »

  • A lot of people read multiple books at the same time - I'm surprised how many people show two books they are reading at a time.  I'm more of a one-book-at-a-time man.


I am usually a strict one book at a time man, but paused reading one book to grab something inspired by current events.  Of course, then I got distracted from reading for awhile!

Atunah, I've not had a problem seeing your book covers.  Early on I remember some covers from lots of people, including my own bar, not showing up, but that apparently was just a temporary glitch.

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« Reply #169 on: February 20, 2013, 03:51:07 PM »
. I need to weigh that against the downside of having *too* many options that tend to be overwhelming. I know I get paralyzed when I have too many choices!!

A good thought.  I think the idea of using the current bar, with an option of doing just two current and two recent books is a good idea.

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« Reply #170 on: February 20, 2013, 04:04:55 PM »
I'm planning on using the what I am reading thread to comment on the books I have in my Sig.

Yeah - on second thought - I will still read and post there too since I enjoy reading everyone's opinions on what they read.. 

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« Reply #171 on: February 20, 2013, 04:06:49 PM »
Ooh, a new Robert Crais book!  Okay, so this cool new tool is getting expensive...   ;D

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« Reply #172 on: February 20, 2013, 08:22:32 PM »
I hope to do my reading bar soon. I read way too many books at the same time. Some books I read to study & learn something. Others are just for fun, like fiction. I do complete reading all the books, so listing only 1 or 2 books in the currently reading would not work for me. Even in the Klubs section here for The Book Count, I end up just posting what I finished reading. I tried to scale back, but a book just grabs me & I just have to start reading it.  :P

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« Reply #173 on: February 20, 2013, 08:42:51 PM »
I hope to do my reading bar soon. I read way too many books at the same time. Some books I read to study & learn something. Others are just for fun, like fiction. I do complete reading all the books, so listing only 1 or 2 books in the currently reading would not work for me. Even in the Klubs section here for The Book Count, I end up just posting what I finished reading. I tried to scale back, but a book just grabs me & I just have to start reading it.  :P

Sounds like the reading bar version that's only "recently read" is the one for you, Toby!

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« Reply #174 on: February 21, 2013, 07:01:50 AM »
I am usually a strict one book at a time man, but paused reading one book to grab something inspired by current events.  Of course, then I got distracted from reading for awhile!

I'm with you Hooded Claw - I have tried to read multiple books at one time and it just doesn't work for me.  I keep getting the books confused so I decided one at a time from now on.
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