I am working with the designer to finalize mockups for the individual book page and “books like” page. It is going well and I hope to have something to share in 2 to 4 weeks as we play with those.
I am working to get pricing on book metadata, and I am starting to map out how that would integrate with our platform. The data will allow us to do things like filter books by genre or age group, build pages around specific genres, build children’s and other discovery pages, and a lot more. It is a massive project and I think it will take the entire second half of 2022.
I am thinking a lot about what I have planned for 2022 and trying to challenge myself. I want to make sure we are only spending time on what is critical given our limited resources. This year is about getting to a solid base so that isn’t terribly hard, but I still want to make sure we are not wasting time on anything that doesn’t make sense to do at this stage. I am also starting to think about monetization options and if I want to roll out a donation push toward Summer/Fall (or, possibly combined with a membership program for readers to support us and get some cool flair).
I think the question of what do we build in 2023 is a much harder one… do we work on a user account system to involve readers more? Do we ship additional discovery features and the complexity that adds to our team’s process? Do we add author accounts and more ways for authors to connect with readers in cool ways? I’ve got a lot of ideas, so this is also fun to start testing and see what the best path might be :).