Stefan Hayden

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For Books I Am Reading I have been using Get Satisfaction for keeping in touch with my users. It’s worked out pretty well and kept me from having to build anything myself.

Now they have released a widget that puts a “feedback” tab on the left of every page and brings up a lightbox where they can send feedback right from the page. Sounds like a cool idea and I’m up for trying it for a little while at least.

Being a bit crazy when it comes to how I want Books I Am Reading to look I’m not sure I love having that black tab on the left. The site is pretty sparce and I’d like to keep it that way. Originally I thought I would just put the widget where ever I wanted it to go. I figured it would be a good addition to the 404 page. Sadly that is not an option but perhaps it will be one in the future.

If I get more engadment out of the community I’ll think about keeping it around. But if not then I will most likly take it off and keep the design as minimal and clean as possible.

Over at Books I Am Reading many people have ask for an easy way to put books on their website so I have moved this feature up in the queue. If you go to the account section you will find 4 embeds: Recent Activity, Currently Reading, Want to Read and Finished Reading.

Just paste that code in to any website that lets you add javascript. Many sites do not allow javascript but most blog platforms do like wordpress or blogger.

If you look at the code there is a count value that you can set to any number to show more or less books.

let me know if there is anyway this widget can work better for you.

Update:The HTML is extremely basic and can be easily styled to your liking. Here’s an example:

and here is the CSS I used:


#booksiamreading ul li {list-style:disc inside; margin-left:20px; line-height:1.5em;}
#booksiamreading .biar_title { font-weight:900; font-size:130%; line-height:2em;}

It’s been about a week (was it two?) since I added a normal registration with username and password to Books I Am Reading. Based on the people who hate OpenID I would have guessed that OpenID registration would have plummited. In fact it has stayed strong. Obviously OpenID has a stronger user base then you might think.

Not exactly a world breaking announcement but I’ve added normal Usernames and Passwords to Books I Am Reading. My ability to make openID work correctly has been a bit of a joke. If your tired of messing with openID you can add an email and password in the account section.

I should keep better track of the stats on Books I Am Reading and since I am not backing up the data automatically here’s what they look like today.

Top Books People Want To Read

  1. 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell and Erich Fromm - 8 people
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - 5 people
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré - 5 people
  4. The Difference Engine (Spectra Special Editions) by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling - 4 people
  5. The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen - 4 people


Top Books People Are Currently Reading

  1. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer - 3 people
  2. Moby-Dick or, The Whale (Penguin Classics) by Herman Melville and Tom Quirk - 2 people
  3. The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition) by J.R.R. Tolkien - 2 people
  4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - 2 people
  5. Anna Karenina (Oprah’s Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy and Richard Pevear - 2 people


Top Books People Have Finished

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré - 13 people
  2. 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell and Erich Fromm - 11 people
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPré - 9 people
  4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - 8 people
  5. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - 5 people


Top Books People Have Given Up On

  1. Halting State by Charles Stross - 1 person
  2. The New School of Information Security by Adam Shostack - 1 person
  3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London - 1 person
  4. Practical Cryptography by Niels Ferguson - 1 person
  5. Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom by Van K. Tharp - 1 person