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Physical books, writes author Susan Orlean, have a sort of aura — a weight that goes beyond the paper and bindings. “That’s part of what makes them so appealing,” Orlean…


The dream of a better internet for book lovers is emerging on platforms like Glitch

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Last year, I lamented the poor design of Goodreads — a much-needed platform where readers can review books they’ve read and track those they want to. Poor search functionality, ugly aesthetics, an embarrassingly terrible recommendation algorithm, and buried club and group features make the site unpleasant to use. Since the story came out, Goodreads hasn’t done much to improve its deficiencies. Instead, it seems content to rest on its laurels as a near-monopoly owned by Amazon, benefiting from its massive existing user base while being, apparently, deserted by its design team.

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