Goodreads: Book Reviews
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Apple Watch Support
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8 people have recommended this app
Very accessible. And the developer even said in a note on one of the forums. That they think it only proper the app be accessible to everyone mentioning the visionally impaired. I have found a few oddities here and there but none of them affect the use of the app.
I downloaded this app before june 15th and found it inaccessible. As I am always looking for more books to read and reviews on them by people I was disappointed. After june 15th I downloaded it again and I was amazed to see the change. I was extremely please and posted so to the developer on the goodreads feedback group.
It's established practice to keep the original entries, and to simply update those as new versions are released.
Ideally the original poster will keep the entry up-to-date, but we also strongly encourage other users to post replies if they have new or additional information.
This keeps the information on any app in one single place, and also provides for a way to track how accessibility of an app has changed between releases.
If we did it your way, it would mean that any discussion about the app would also be deleted. Any links to that entry from other sites or search engines would be broken. Anybody who has subscribed to that page would no longer get email alerts of updates or new replies. The data about the number of people who have contacted the developer or who would recommend the app would also be lost.
Some people might also object if their post was removed before they had an opportunity to update it themselves.
We will generally look to update an existing entry if a reply, such as yours, suggests that the accessibility of an app has significantly changed (be that for the better or worse).
In these cases, we will update the description, version number and accessibiity ratings to reflect the later comments. We'll include a note to say that we have done this, and why.
However, we would always allow some time for the original poster to update the entry themselves before we did anything. This gives the original poster, and any other users of the app, an opportunity to agree or disagree with the later comments before the ratings are changed.
I can't say that this always happens as described above, but it is certainly what we seek to do.
While I can see that there is a way to share when you add books to shelves or move them from one shelf to another on Facebook via the button labeled "facebook explicit share", I can find no way to share that same information to Twitter.
Is there an accessible way to do this via the app?
Hi everyone. I haven't used this app since I don't own an i-device, but a fully sighted next-door neighbor recently recommended the site to me. She and her sister--who is also fully sighted--use the iphone app and like it. So I registered on the site and it looks pretty good in terms of VoiceOver performance. I haven't been back there much due to other scheduling conflicts and me being a bit under the weather. The site does look just a bit cluttered, but perhaps that's just because I'm still rather new to VO. But I fully intend to go back there to review and recommend the books I've read that are on BARD.
With this most recent update, I can only see one out of the six titles that should be listed on my "currently reading" shelf. I can find the others by doing a search, but this seems like a really unnecessary pain, since I have previously entered all the info. I have emailed Technical support. We'll see what they say.
Goodreads Technical Support emailed me back, suggesting that I should be able to see more titles by swiping left. I have tried swiping left with one, two, and three fingers. Other screen elements get read, but I still never find the other titles on the currently reading shelf. I wrote back to ask if this gesture has been tested with VoiceOver and explaining that this suggestion has not worked. We'll see if I get a response.
The email I received today from Goodreads Technical Support suggested that I double-tap and hold below the title and then "drag" from one title to the next. I suppose the rep meant swipe or flick. I know how to double-tap and hold to move apps on my phone, so I'm sure I understand the instructions. The fact remains that this suggestion, like the previous one, does not work.
Goodreads Technical support insists that the following procedure has been tried with VoiceOver and that it works. I have tried and re-tried to no avail.
1) Navigate to "My Books."
2) Under the "Currently Reading" row, tap the title name of the book once so VoiceOver reads it out.
3) Then somewhere on the "Currently Reading" row you'll want to activate "drag-mode." I found tapping just below the progress percentage bar is a good
area. Tap here 2 times and hold-- wait for the sound signal and then drag either left or right.
4) Repeat steps 2) and 3) to continue navigation.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions or if you need assistance with anything else.
End of quoted text. I know how to double-tap and hold to move apps into folders. I have done it successfully. In the Goodreads app, the procedure is a no-go. Navigation through titles on the Books to Read and the Read (past tense) shelves still work as expected. If others are having trouble with the currently reading shelf, would you please write to the developer? If anyone can successfully navigate through titles on the currently reading shelf, would you please write to me? Thank you.
I want to know if this app has any features like tellmewhen, the one that tells you when a new book of an author comes out. If it does, I'll probably get this one, or I might get both since they're both free. Thanks
I am using IOS version 9.01 and the latest version of Goodreads. When I double-tap the Currently Reading button in My Books, nothing happens. The only way I can access titles I am currently reading is to search for them.
Try tapping your profile link, hen tap the button there. I never use m,my book shelves feature like that.
We've rebuilt the Currently Reading section of the My Book tab to be VoiceOver accessible in the current version of our app (3.2).
I do visit this website from time to time, so feel free to post any questions or feedback you might have!
I think I speak for the entire community here when I thank you profusely for taking the time as a developer to interact with us concerning the accessibility of this app! We only wish more devs were like you and did the same!
Thank you very much!! This is truly appreciated!
Oh wow interesting. Yeah I love good reads and the reading challenge. Hope I do better next year. Good job on the app
When I go to the search tab, and search for a book, like Cycle of the Werewolf, I double tap on the Book Title in the search results list but get the author page instead. Is there a way to fix this?
I've noticedit does this, I don't know why. I usually double-tap and hold and it usually works.
I have also noticed this problem too, and have reported it. I have not found a consistant way to go to the book instead of the author with VoiceOver enabled. As a low vision user, I find it easiest to turn VO off, and tap the actual cover on the left, rather than the text on the right. Hopefully they'll have a VO fix soon.
Hi everybody. I'm revisiting this thread to say that earlier this week, a friend and coworker invited me to be her friend on Goodreads. I had forgotten my password since I hadn't done anything on there for a couple years, so I had it reset. I found out that each user of the service can have their own Gr page, so I am in the process of setting up mine. I haven't done much on there yet, but thus far the service is working great for me. I contacted them about some broken links on the Help page, and somebody from the team got right back to me. Hopefully I can try the mobile app out sometime, but their website is good enough for me. The only question I have is how to link to all the BARD books I've read and am going to read. I don't want to post my BARD log-in info for the world to see, and I certainly don't want to violate copyright or anything. But perhaps I'll contact their support team about that.
I went to add a book to my reading shelf today, did a search and I'm seeing the search feature suddenly doesn't read very well at all. Each result is now appearing as a blank element to VoiceOver. Is anyone else seeing this? I'm on the iOS 13 beta, so I'd like to figure out if the issue is related to that before I report it to either goodreads or APple.
Search works just fine for me on iOS 12. I can see all the search results with no problem. Maybe GoodReads needs to update their app for iOS 13 still.
Hi all. An update came out today which has fixed the issues with search results when using VoiceOver.
Wow, what a relief. I was trying to add some books I read to my niece but could not. I'll work on doing this soon, assuming they are up on good reads to begin with.
I've just installed goodreads and, having rated and reviewed two great books I read this year, I can say it's quite accessible.