I am so nervous and excited to be finally announcing LitRate!
In June, I briefly hinted at the possibility of wanting to make my own book review/cataloging site. This idea has been in my head for MONTHS! Really, it’s been there ever since I founded BookBlogging.net, but I kept brushing the idea aside. Maybe I just wasn’t ready for it or I was scared… I don’t know. But finally, in June, my husband and I started talking about this idea together. That’s right! The Coding God wants in!
I call myself a web developer but really, I’m nothing next to Coding God. And with him on board, I really feel like we could tackle this immense project and turn it into something amazing! We both got so excited straight away and started coming up with names, designs, and my husband even got a working search prototype that’s better than Goodreads! It took him less than a day to create a search that works better than theirs (you can even include words like “by” without screwing it up!).
I’ve also started coming up with cool new ways for discovering books:
Now here’s where we ran into a slight hitch. Where do we get book data? You know how on cataloging sites you can search for a book and immediately see all the details about it? Like cover, author, synopsis, publication date, etc.? Well that data has to come from somewhere. My husband and I asked around and got in touch with several companies for quotes to license their data. We’ve narrowed our choices down to one company who offers exactly what we’re looking for at a yearly cost of about $15,000.
My husband and I can cover the server costs for a site like this, but we don’t have $15,000 to spend on book data. 🙁 In order to help get this project off the ground, we decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money we need. We’ve set up several rewards in exchange for backing the project, such as a unique ‘Kickstarter’ title on the site, participation in a private group chat with my husband and I, guaranteed access to the beta, and more!
If you’re excited about LitRate and want to work with us to create an awesome new cataloging/book review site for the reading community, then please consider helping us out! We have the skill set and the motivation to get this project off the ground; now all we need is the money. Even a $5 donation can go a long way towards helping us reach our goal. 🙂
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We’re ready to hear your ideas!
My husband and I don’t want to just create this site for you—we want to create it with you. We’re here and ready to listen to all your ideas! We really want to turn this into a community project so we can build our future bookish home together!