I heard about StoryGraphBeta on Twitter in July and have been using it ever since alongside my Goodreads account. Since it has been a couple of months I thought I would share my thoughts on the differences between the two and which I prefer.
Goodreads has been around for a very long time with limited competition and as such the website had not been updates for a number of years. It is useful for tracking your reading and has some integration with Kindles as it is owned by Amazon.
StoryGraphBeta is a ‘new kid on the block’ it is still in progress of being built and is independently. This website allows tracking and rating of books much like Goodreads. But in addition to this it provides great recommendations based on your answers to a quick (3 minute) survey.
While the websites ae similar there are fundamental differences.
- Goodreads has more social elements
Goodreads has a lot of groups that you can join to discuss books or become penpals (with reading books in common) or link with Facebook so you can import your friend’s list and easily find some of your other friends. In addition as a book blogger it is helpful as people can find me on Goodreads but not on StoryGraphBeta.
- You can see everyone’s currently reading on your homepage for Goodreads
One of the functions that I like about Godreads is the ability to see everyone’s current;y reading or just finished. This allows you to find books that you may otherwise never hear of or isn’t a book that you would typically read but that particular books gets you into a whole new author, series or even genres.
- StoryGraphBeta has a DNF Function
I have spoken in the past about how difficult I find it to DNF a book. This may partially be because on Goodreads I can’t mark something as unfinished regardless of how far through the book you get. StoryGraphBeta has introduced this button, meaning that the book still counts towards your goal for the year, even if you DNF the book.
I don’t know if otters are affected similarly but not being able to DNF a book on Goodreads gave me a complex that even as an adult once I have committed to reading something I have to finish it. THis is not great from the point of view of encouraging people to read.
- Advanced Book Recommendations
Goodreads recommends books based on their star rating system, and any additional shelves you have on your bookcase. It can be difficult to manage your Goodreads shelves if you read a lot of books. StoryGraphBeta has a short questionnaire to recommend books, and over time the statistics that they share with you based on your reading can help with informing a couple of your answers to allow them to give you more accurate suggestions for books.
This information helps you to workout what your favourite kind of books are and therefore allow you to understand your reading habits more in depth than Goodreads allows you.
- The Star rating System
The start rating system that has been put in place on Goodreads is ok. It has been in place for as long as I can remember, But it has never allowed half stars. Sometimes your book isn‘t quite a five but it is certainly worth more than a 4… Goodreads doesn’t accommodate this, but StoryGraphBeta does. In Face you can even do 0.25
I am currently using both Goodreads and StoryGraphBeta which means that I am spending a little more time inputting my books that I have read. But is is worth it. These two sites while similar have a number of items that are very different and in some cases similar.
At the moment I do prefer StoryGraphBeta, and if you haven’t tried it yet you really should. The way the website is built and its clean and modern look, alongside the thought that has been put into the recommendations and the beautiful statistics page it is worth filling both in. At least I think so.
Have you used StoryGraphBeta? Has this article inspired you to try it? Let me know below.