An alternative to Goodreads…
I used to hear people talking about having a list of the books they had read and always thinking I wish I had a list of all the books I had read. I expressed this desire to some people, and they said, “Well, why don’t you start now?” If you’re reading this, you may have come across the same problem I did when attempting the endeavor of keeping track of the books you read. There were just too many! I would lose the handwritten lists or just feel unmotivated to write it down or open up an excel sheet EVERY TIME I finished another book.
I didn’t figure things out until 2015, when I got a smartphone and discovered the app iReadItNow (sorry, that sounded commercial-like even to me, but that’s how I felt! Also, I didn’t know about Goodreads at the time). The app let me scan the barcode of the book I was reading and added it to a catalog of books. It let me categorize books into three categories: Read, Unread, and Wishlist. There was a Now Reading tab where I could update my progress, and it even let me enter in the dates I started and finished the book. But the best part: the Statistics tab!! I love that thing. Bar graphs, line graphs, and a pie chart all with my reading history displayed? Ahhhhh :)Anyways, the thing most of you are probably wondering is, why is this app necessary with Goodreads around? Well, I recently downloaded Goodreads and thought I might switch over to it because the free version of iReadItNow stopped allowing me to export my data, but after a short while of using Goodreads, I realized I didn’t really like it as much. It had a lot fewer capabilities that didn’t (at least for me) make up for the recommendations feature. I would definitely not recommend iReadItNow for people who want a service that allows them to connect with others, and Goodreads without a doubt is the most popular and best avenue for that. However, for those who are looking for something new, or want more options with how they organize their own reading history, I recommend you to try iReadItNow (and pay the extra few dollars for the HD version if you enjoy it!).
I’ve included a few screenshots of the app above so you can take a look at how I’ve used it if you would like. That’s all for now!
P.S. Comment down below if you use/recommend iReadItNow, Goodreads, or another service altogether!