The Mobile Goodreads App Still Leaves Something To Be Desired

I do have to admit that the Goodreads mobile app has come a long way in the last few years. The ability to scan bar codes to enter books makes my life a lot easier. I’ve been reading 200-300 books per year for the past few years so scanning as opposed to having to enter ISBNs or titles is helpful. Still, there are a few things that still burn me about the app.

The prime example of what I’m thinking of is the apparent lack of the ability to switch editions on the mobile app. Things work great when I can scan a book, but when the barcode is too old and I have to search manually, I often don’t get the exact edition I’m looking for. Some times this can be the different of several hundred pages. To have the year to date page count Goodreads keeps for me accurate, I do try to make sure I have the right edition listed for what I’m reading. However, on the mobile app I usually only get the choice of one edition. If it’s the wrong one, I have to leave the mobile app and sign into the full version through a full web browser (yes, I can do this from the one on my phone) and switch the edition to the correct one.

This is annoying, particularly when I hit 50 cent book day at Goodwill, as I often do, and have 5-20 books to enter, many of which are old enough that their barcodes won’t scan right.

For the most part, the mobile app is pretty decent. I’ve just noticed this one annoying feature. I don’t know, maybe you can fix this without leaving the mobile app and I don’t know how. I just wish it was as easy as on the normal site.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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