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I'm sure you suspected by now, but it's unfortunately time to officially announce that I will not be able to continue developing . This is a big shame because I still love the idea (and the name) and because I know so many of you were excited about it. Fortunately, there are some very good GoodReads alternative now: @bookwyrm is a great reading network on the Fediverse, and The Story Graph is just an excellent independent book tracker.

Please check them out if you haven't yet!

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's goal is to keep only community interactions and reviews in its database and just pull book information from external sources. Currently, it's using @inventaire 's API as its source for book information.

Since there's a lot that still needs to be set up before coding contributions can be really helpful to the project, one great way to contribute to the project is to actually help clean up and expand 's database!

See this page to learn how:

wiki.inventaire.io/wiki/How-to

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I'm sure you suspected by now, but it's unfortunately time to officially announce that I will not be able to continue developing . This is a big shame because I still love the idea (and the name) and because I know so many of you were excited about it. Fortunately, there are some very good GoodReads alternative now: @bookwyrm is a great reading network on the Fediverse, and The Story Graph is just an excellent independent book tracker.

Please check them out if you haven't yet!

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So sorry to hear this, @Alamantus!

I was looking forward to moving Readlebee from 'In Dev' to 'Launched' on my list of Goodreads alternatives.

All the very best with your other projects. 👍

To anyone looking for an alternative to Goodreads, take a look our list. There are loads of services (including us 😊 ). One of them could be just right for you.

libreture.com/blog/alternative

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@Readlebee

We (NeoDB) are another free and open project for Chinese-speaking community on Fediverse to track what they read/watch/play/listen.

Got lots of inspiration from work like yours and @bookwyrm . Thank you for this nice project. Wish you all the best! 👍

Otherwise, I want to thank you for your attention, excitement, and encouragement, and I'm sorry if I'm letting anyone down. My biggest comfort in making this announcement is that not only viable, but truly very good alternatives to GoodReads have arisen and surpassed this project since I started working on it!

I again recommend Bookwyrm (joinbookwyrm.com) and The StoryGraph (thestorygraph.com), and I welcome and will boost other good alternatives I don't know about!

-Robbie

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If someone is as attached to the Readlebee name as I am and can devote their energies to the project in a way I wasn't able to, I'm willing to work with them to transfer the GitLab repository, domain name, and this account to them if they wish to take up the mantle in my place.

Please direct message me either here or contact me through my main Mastodon account, @Alamantus if you're interested. I'll want to check your past and current projects to make sure you're a good fit for the project.

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I'm sure you suspected by now, but it's unfortunately time to officially announce that I will not be able to continue developing . This is a big shame because I still love the idea (and the name) and because I know so many of you were excited about it. Fortunately, there are some very good GoodReads alternative now: @bookwyrm is a great reading network on the Fediverse, and The Story Graph is just an excellent independent book tracker.

Please check them out if you haven't yet!

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Annoyed by articles always claiming there are only a few alternatives to Goodreads?

Well, here's a growing list (currently up to 25) of book tracking and reading services that are not from Amazon!

libreture.com/blog/alternative

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Hi! This is the official #Bookwyrm account. Bookwyrm is a federated reading platform (think Goodreads). Post about your reading and stuff! You can interact with Mastodon users and vice versa. We are going to toot development news and more.
Code github.com/bookwyrm-social/boo
Docs docs.joinbookwyrm.com/
List of instances docs.joinbookwyrm.com/instance

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I'm thinking of doing a #Readlebee dev live stream later today. It's gonna be extremely boring and probably consist of only dependency updates, but maybe I'll actually get some UI stuff done too, who knows!

I'll probably be streaming on diode.zone, and I'll update again if I end up actually doing it!

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Hey so I JUST got an email about new progress tracking features in The #StoryGraph (thestorygraph.com/), and it's finally pretty much exactly what I've been looking for in a #Goodreads #alternative!

I'm still going to be developing #Readlebee because the name is way better and I have some good ideas for it (and it's FLOSS), but you should definitely try out The StoryGraph in the meantime because it's pretty excellent so far!

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Esteemed audience,

in 5 days we will begin to publish all the Talks and Keynotes!
conf.activitypub.rocks

But why wait and forget?
You can follow
@apconf videos and @apconf photos
right now.

#apconf2020 #apconf #activitypub

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Ah, I think I finally understand Server-Side Rendering for JS frameworks, so I suppose I ought to do that for #Readlebee so it doesn't just load a blank page if someone has JavaScript turned off on their browser.

Which behavior do you like best when displaying details and various reviews and statuses for a book after clicking "More Details" in the search results?
Also, how might screen readers handle each?

I'm aiming for a good solution between and usability.

This behavior will likely be used on both search results and items on shelves.

I know this doesn't look like much, but THIS is what I've been stuck on for months, so I had to share my success!

Various problems have prevented me from getting to this point of being able to successfully add a valid book from Inventaire to a shelf and then display that shelf with the added books!

Hopefully I can move forward with what I've learned from this process and overcome any future problems I run into.

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I'm going to plug bookshop.org again for anyone in the US. It's not perfect but seems like a far better alternative than buying books from Amazon.

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It's been about 1 year since I started working on @Readlebee, so I wrote a blog post about my experience so far:

robbie.antenesse.net/2020/09/1

TL;DR: the development process is very different than what I'm used to because I'm trying to do it "right," and that slow process has been discouraging, but I'm hopeful that I'll get something to show for my work relatively soon.

#Readlebee #webdev #floss

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I am a total noob at #ActivityPub. I have no idea what it is, why it's good, etc.

What's a good resource to learn about it and what it takes to implement it on your own website?

No overly technical stuff please!

I'm taking a quick video course (and I'll probably try to find some others after) on website accessibility to use for . I want to be sure that the experience is as good as possible for everyone!

When everything is ready, I'm going to need a lot of help making sure the is good and that the overall UX is nice. Still a little ways to go, but the path is clear to me. :)

This is good to know when you have to generate CSS classes for dealing with, let's say, the styling of an arbitrary number of tabs to make up for the lack of higher numbers of tabs in the style framework you're using:

markinns.com/archive/using-num

In related news, can now correctly display an arbitrary number of book covers for a given book!

I'm still only inching forward, but at least the direction is forward!

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