Have You Heard Of Literally.io?

May 9, 2015 Discussions 14

I blame Anya completely for this one. I saw her post something on Twitter a little over a week or so ago. One of those posts I’m sure we’ve all seen that say something like “I’m on page x of y of book” and then has a link at the end. So being the curious person I am, I clicked it. And found myself on the Literally.io website.

It’s a site for readers, unsurprisingly. You add the books you are currently reading, and update with what percent or page number you have gotten to. And it keeps track of how many pages you read a day and a week. There’s also a few ways it helps you pick your next book out of your TBR pile. You just go to Books, then you get three options. One is browsing their database, one is asking your friends what to read, and the third is my new favorite thing ever.

It’s called the TBR Challenge. You click the Take the Challenge button, and the site grabs 2 books from your TBR list at random. Shows you the book cover, a blurb, and ratings/reviews from Amazon. Then you click “I’d Rather Read This Book” and it chooses a new book to pit against that choice. And it keeps doing it until you’ve spotted a book that sounds like what you’re in the mood for!

And as if that wasn’t fun and useful enough, the site gives you badges! They’re these cute little round cartoony things that you get for all kinds of different stuff. You get one for signing up on the site, you get one for updating your reading progress the first time, finishing your first book, reading an ARC, I just got one called “Nuts For Books Badge” that has a cute little squirrel on it…because I have more than 300+ books in my TBR. *hides*

The site is still in beta, so they’re still adding stuff. There’s a light bulb on every page, and if you click it, you get to vote for one of 2 options they’re working on. And there are lots of options to choose from. They’re pitted against each other kind of like the “TBR Challenge”, once you choose one, the next two appear and you can vote again and again. I’m hoping a phone app will appear soon. That would make it lots easier to use the site at work. *laughs*

You can’t review books on the site, and you can’t post on your friends profiles. So it’s not another GoodReads. But for what you can do, it’s pretty useful. My profile there is SilvaraWilde if you want to see what some of the badges and stuff looks like.

 

So, are YOU on Literally.io? How long have you been a member? What do you think of it? If you’ve never heard of it before, does it sound like something you might be interested in?

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14 Responses to “Have You Heard Of Literally.io?”

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I saw you had one, wasn’t sure if you were actually using it or not though! My favorite part of the site is the TBR Challenge. It’s SO helpful having a quick way to pick my next read!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I’m not sure. I never got around to importing all my books on GoodReads, so I didn’t check when I joined Literally.io It would be awesome if they are compatible though!

  1. Lola

    The TBR challenge sounds like a fun way to pick your next book and I like badges, Kobo does that with their e-readers and I still miss a few, lol. Although I wonder if I would use it a lot as I already use goodreads and it seems unhandy to update my progress twice. On the other hand you do mention it’s different than goodreads, so you can use them both and nto have too much overlap? Although you say you can’t review books there, so it is more for updating your progress and picking your next book? I check out your profile and those badges look really cute indeed! It sounds interesting, although I am not sure if I need another social media site, lol.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I felt the same way when I started poking around. But I have such issues deciding what book to read next on my Kindle. I have over 400+ on there, and it’s a pain to open the descriptions all the time to try to figure out what I feel like reading next. So having the site pick 2 random books, and show me the cover/synopsis was worth it to me to sign up.

      The badges are adorable, still waiting on my badge for doing a write-up on the site. Which I didn’t know would get me a badge until after I’d posted it and started poking around more.

      I haven’t noticed much of an overlap with GoodReads. I mean, they both keep track of what books you’ve read, but Literally.io gives you a weekly report that tells you how many pages you’ve read that week. As well as compares your progress against any friends you’ve added. And there is no rating system beyond “finished” or “DNF”. And no place to review the book on Literally.io, so for all that you’d still want GoodReads.

      • Lola

        Sometiems deciding what to read next is eays and other times it’s really hard, last time I picked some books and let my boyfriend decide which one sounded best. So I really like the sound of that feature. Does it also has shelves so you can differentiate between which books you own and those on your wishlist?
        It sounds like that feature to help decide which book to read is worth it to sign-up.

        It’s good to hear there isn’t as much overlap with goodreads, I like it when social media sites focus on different things. Can you import your books from goodreads? It would be a pain to add all my boosk to another site as well and I know goodreads has an export function.
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        • SilvaraWilde

          There is a GoodReads import function. I didn’t use it as I never got around to updating my entire TBR pile on GoodReads though.

          There are lists you start with as well as the option of adding lists. The defaults are:

          Reading
          To Be Read
          Finished
          Did Not Finish

          You can find those under the Books tab. And there’s a +Add A New List link under the last list in the row. So you can make more ways to sort your books.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I still think the TBR challenge is my favorite thing there. It was slightly disappointing to find out that one of the books I started reading wasn’t in their catalog. And they haven’t added the option to add books to that ourselves yet. (Though it’s in the list of To Do.)

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