Best apps to track your reading
I’m sure bookworms out there know the struggle of seeing a shiny new book on the shelf but not remembering if you already own a copy. No one ever realizes the importance of having ways to keep track of your reading and the number of books you own until you are in that situation. Suppose you have trouble organizing the number of books you’ve read in one place. If so, this article is going to be your savior! Here are the five best apps you can use to track your reading.
Goodreads is a viral book tracker launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler. The app/site is common among readers looking for summaries of books or looking for new books to read. Goodreads also has a section where you can write reviews, giving you the opportunity to hear other readers’ thoughts and opinions about the book you’re looking for. Now is your chance to find out if the book is worth wasting your hard earned money on.
Since Goodreads is a platform strongly known for book reviews, the app also keeps track of your ratings. You will be able to rate the books 1-5 stars after reading them. You can also keep track of your to-read book list by using the ability to create your own book that has been lost in the collection section. By using this feature, you can keep track of all the books you want to read in the future.
Many users of Goodreads complain that there are no half stars. This can be challenging when you are faced with a book that is too good to be 4 stars but not good enough to be 5 stars. All reviews by friends and followers are sorted randomly, which makes it difficult to see reviews from those close to you and you have to search around to find the reviews you want. It is also more difficult to review a book after marking it as read. After reading, you only get the opportunity to choose how you want to pay tribute to the book. After you click “done”, “you have to go to a separate page to click “write a review” if you want to write a review. This makes it complicated for those who are used to the old format of Goodreads, where the review system used to to be under the same section immediately after you finish reading a book.
The StoryGraph was founded in 2012 by tech entrepreneur Nadia Odunayo. StoryGraph helps readers find the story they want to read next based on their interests and mood. It was originally created as a side project for tracking books until the platform exploded when the pandemic hit, going from 1,000 users to 20,000 in three days. The app had 100,000 users when it was launched.
StoryGraph is a simple platform compared to the others; its purpose is only to track the book you have read. There is also no chat or comments available. It can come across as a trick because you don’t see other people’s opinions. However, it allows users to peacefully enjoy their books without the pressure of hearing other people’s conversations. However, you do have the ability to follow people and create a community feed if you want to interact with other readers. You can also easily track and learn about your reading habits through their charts and graphs. This allows you to see how your reading develops over time and how your reading pattern changes. The app also uses AI to give you intelligent, personalized recommendations and will understand your reading preferences to help you find the best books. You can also find books based on the mood you’re in. Whether you’re sad or in an adventurous mood, you’ll find the book to suit your needs. You can add live reactions to specific parts of the books you’re reading without worrying about spoilers, and you can read with friends if you’re in a book club or group reading mood. You can also import your Goodreads library into The StoryGraph database. So don’t worry! Even if you’ve been a loyal user of Goodreads for the past few years, you don’t have to worry about re-uploading all the books you’ve already tracked and organized.
To access the premium features of The StoryGraph, you must pay $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Special features include access to reading groups, unlimited users, personalized similar book suggestions and unlimited recommendations. However, it’s up to you whether you think it’s worth breaking the bank to invest in these features.
BookSloth is another alternative, GoodReads, which allows users to track their reading while emphasizing the social aspect of reading. It was based in Puerto Rico and was founded in early 2018 by Lincy Ayala and Xiomara Figueroa. The platform is similar to Instagram and offers followers and following tabs. However, users will still be able to rate and purchase similar books on Goodreads.
The app and its features are free and no paywall is required to access the features. This is amazing for those who want to get the full experience without feeling like they have to pay money. Especially if you don’t have money to spend on features like this or don’t want to waste money. Readers can also import the GoodReads library if you don’t want to sacrifice precious time adding all those collections to BookSloth’s library. The app has a community tab that displays threads or discussions from different members. You can start your own thread, reply to other people’s posts or even similarly mentioned posts. Users can join a book club, which takes them to a group chat-like forum. You can also see how many members a book club has and can add more members to these group chats. Unlike GoodReads, BookSloth allows you to add or subtract 0.5 stars. This means you can finally give that book you’ve been reading a 4.5 instead of a 4.
Unfortunately, features like reading statistics only appear in the web version of their app. You need to go online to find out your reading statistics. Because BookSloth is relatively new, it has a smaller community than other platforms like GoodReads and The StoryGraph. As a result, it’s hard to keep up with the community-based themes surrounding the app because so few people actually use the platform. There is not an active news feed and there is no way to unfollow other users in the community tab. Readers have no way to interact with their favorite authors or creators since they have no dedicated page. BookSloth is also very limited in the number of languages they support and is very English-centric, which means not everyone can use it.
Bookly is a reading tracker marketed as the ultimate reading assistant and launched around 2004. Like other platforms, this app is meant to help you track your reading session in real time and help you build your reading habits.
You can time your reading sessions by using the “start reading” button and the clock will start until you finish. The app also calculates how long it will take to finish the book if you keep reading at the same pace. You can also enjoy ambient sounds while going through your favorite book. You can enjoy the sound of light rain while reading. You can also unlock achievements when you reach your reading goals or certain milestones.
Many users complain that the app is a bit glitchy and the book library in Bookly is missing many important titles. There is also a limit on the number of books you can track in the free version, while you can track an unlimited number of books in the premium version.
Basmo is a book tracker for avid readers and book lovers of all books, including audio and e-books. The app is meant to “enhance your reading experience” while helping you organize your books by setting reading goals, tracking reading progress, and journaling your reading experience. The app is similar to a Fitbit or Apple Watch in that it lets you create your reading goals for motivation.
Basmo offers support in 11 languages, including English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. So it doesn’t matter what language you speak. You can still use the app to track your reading without missing a beat. You can start a reading session that keeps track of how long you read, and a timer is displayed. The app can record notes while you read and has a photo scanning function. This function allows the images to be transcribed as text. You can also write your thoughts and highlight and color code your notes. You can also download text from the app using the share feature, so you always have it with you, even when you’re offline. You can also share images, including quotes you discover while reading. Basmo also keeps track of your reading streaks and can send alerts to keep up with your reading, so you never skip a day of reading.
Basmo is free to download but not fully free to use and requires payment to access the full version of the app. Membership costs $5 a month or $60 a year to continue using the full version. However, a free trial and a free version allow you to use limited features. You also have to add your books to the library manually, which can be a problem if you’ve already read a ton of books and don’t want to add them all to your collection.
Hopefully these suggestions have inspired you to download these apps and start organizing your books. Having a reading tracker handy can help you organize your books. It also reduces the stress of wondering if you might have wasted money buying a copy of a book twice. Less stress = More reading! So get out there and buy as many books as you want. Happy reading!