I heard about StoryGraphBeta on Twitter in July 2019 and I have been using the website and following its development closely. I have still been using my goodreads account for a couple of reasons but since StoryGraph has come out of Beta, I thought I should update my original post to include the most up to date information. I will be sharing the differences between the two to help you make an informed choice if you want to switch.
Goodreads has been around for a very long time with limited competition and as such the website had not been updated for a number of years. It is useful for tracking your reading and has some integration with Kindles as it is owned by Amazon. If you are taking part in the boycott of amazon, or want to reduce your reliance on this humongous company then making the switch to StorgyGraph may be for you.
In comparison StoryGraph is a ‘new kid on the block’ it is still in progress of being built and is independently owned. Nadia, has been sharing the work that she has been doing on the website via a weekly newsletter, and she is clearly a voracious and passionate reader. When you join StoryGraph there is a three minute survey for you to complete and based on this information the website will provide you with great recommendations for your next read..
While the websites have similar attributes there are fundamental differences which can cause you to chose one of them over the other
1. Goodreads has more social elements
The social elements of Goodreads are vast, from interacting with people who are in groups set up for specific reasons, such as a Young Adult reading group, or PenPals group, you are even able to import your friends from facebook onto Goodreads which is great. You can see what your friends are reading and discuss books in the various forums, even set up monthly read alongs so you know that everyone can take part.
As a book blogger it is helpful to know that people can easily find me on Goodreads if you so wish. This is more difficult on StoryGraph at the moment.
2. You can see everyone’s currently reading on your homepage for Goodreads
On Goodreads you can change your homepage feed to see updates from your friends, the groups you are involved in, or everyone on Goodreads to see what everyone is currently reading, or reviews that they have just shared. I have found that this has allowed me to learn about books that I might not otherwise have heard of, especially in the case of some authors that may have translated fiction from another language.
3. StoryGraphBeta has a DNF Function
On Goodreads when you DNF a book, you either mark it as read and give it a poor start rating, or you ignore it completely on your reading list. Both of which in my opinion make the possibility of DNFing a book much harder to contend with. However StoryGraph has me covered here! A DNF button! Something so simple can completely change your outlook on DNFing a book. The book can be put on your read list, but you won’t need to rate the book in anyway which is great.
If you are a little like me where you don’t like to DNF a book, then this function could encourage you to read more, or step outside of your usual genres..
4. Advanced Book Recommendations
Goodreads recommends books based on their star rating system, and any additional shelves you have on your bookcase. I find this a little messy as if you are reading fantasy it can sit into other subgenres. If you read a lot of books, or decided to start again and go through retroactively this can take a lot of time.
StoryGraph however 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.
5. The Star rating System
The star 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. If you really want to you can even do 0.25!
6. Reading Challenges
One of my favourite elements of both websites is the reading challenge. I write about my reading and aim to read a certain number of books per year. Goodreads and StoryGraph both have reading challenges for the year on the number of books that you are reading. However StoryGraph now has a page goal as well.
If you read larger books, like I am reading at the moment, you can still have an aim which is possible. Whereas if I was going to read 50 books that are over 600 pages long in the year I may find it more difficult to hit the book aim but the page aim you may hit very quickly.
StoryGraph is having a premium version which will support the continued improvement of the site and provide anyone who is a member a few other perks.
I am currently using both Goodreads and StoryGraph which means that I am spending a little more time inputting my books that I have read. But it is worth it. These two sites while similar have a number of items that are very different which for me are both valuable.
At the moment I do prefer StoryGraph 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.