I finished the spec for a feature we are planning to launch in the Summer. It is called a “Shelf”, what does it do?
Shelves allow you to browse through the website like you are walking through the aisles of your favorite bookstore - along with little notes on why each book is recommended.
A Shelf is a big collection of books and book lists around similar topics. So we would have a shelf for “World War 2”, “Norse Mythology”, and “Philosophy”. Then, under each of those Shelves, you would find a list of books recommended by experts in that field.
Categorizing books in a way that can be scaled is HARD. So I hope that the way I’ve designed Shelves will scale to thousands of topics. I spent a lot of time looking at BISAC
and other book categorization methods. I do not think they are designed with readers in mind so I am going my own route.
Over the next four weeks, I will be working with a designer to create mockups of what it will look like. I will share those as I get further along.
Have a great weekend, thanks for listening to my rambles,