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Hardcover Report for April 2024

What’s new on Hardcover, edit authors and series, navigation & dashboard plans, Letterbooks!

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Adam Fortuna

8 min read
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Hardcover Report for March 2024

The State of Hardcover, income and expenses, Discord Linked Roles and updates on what we’re doing next.

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Adam Fortuna

9 min read

2024 State of Hardcover Survey Results

One of my favorite parts of Hardcover is hearing feedback and formulating a plan from it. All feedback – no matter how difficult to hear – is helpful if it’s coming from a good place. Our 2024 State of Hardcover Survey recently wrapped up and we’ve spent the last week or two analyzing the results […]

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read
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Hardcover Report for February 2024

Our monthly look at what’s happening on Hardcover and what we’ve been up to.

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Adam Fortuna

10 min read
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How we Increased Search Traffic by 20x in 4 Months with the Next.js App Router

A technical look at how we optimized the performance of Hardcover over the last year.

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Adam Fortuna

22 min read
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Hardcover Report for January 2024

A look back at 2023, The Hardcover Year in Books, Hardcover Live and a look at what’s next.

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Adam Fortuna

9 min read
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Announcing the Hardcover 2023 Year in Books! 🥳

A look back at the most popular books from the last year.

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Adam Fortuna

5 min read
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Hardcover Report for December 2023

2023 Year in Books, List updates and continuing work on Discussions.

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Adam Fortuna

7 min read
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Dragonsteel 2023 – SLC, Slugs & Liminal Spaces

Two days of Brandon Sanderson, the Cosmere and geeking out with other fans of fantasy.

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Adam Fortuna

16 min read
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Hardcover Report for November 2023

Lots of bug fixes and general improvements, as well as our plan for the next few months!

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Adam Fortuna

9 min read
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13 books for Halloween that you should read

Halloween book recommendations from Hardcover. This spooky season, curl up with a book, some pumpkin pie, or a latte, and let the Halloween stories send a shiver down your spine.

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Daniel Prindii

4 min read
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Hardcover Report for October 2023

October’s updates: ProductHunt launch, new homepage, light mode fixes, privacy and app updates, and more.

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Adam Fortuna

11 min read
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How We Reduced a $1,000/month Imgix Bill to $1 using Google Cloud

Switching to a hosted service ended up reducing our image hosting costs to almost nothing.

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Adam Fortuna

9 min read
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Hardcover Report for September 2023

So many new updates this month!

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Adam Fortuna

9 min read
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Our Biggest Release Yet! Hardcover v2

A look into what we’ve been up to in the last few months.

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read
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An interview with Britt Joiner and her new book about Trello

We, here at Hardcover, always love a good book. And when that book is written by one of our community members, that’s even better.Because the community is one of the things that pushed us to experiment, innovate, and, in the end, do better. That is the case with Britt and her book about being productive […]

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Daniel Prindii

5 min read
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Hardcover Report for August 2023

Preparing for our next big release, updates to the book page, new search much more.

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Adam Fortuna

8 min read
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8 Podcast Recommendations for Book Lovers

How great it will be to read all day long, discovering new ideas. But life isn’t fair because we have to cook, work and buy new books. Luckily, for those moments when we cannot dive into a book, we have podcasts.From light-hearted conversations, to like talks and interviews with writers, these podcasts are the perfect […]

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Daniel Prindii

2 min read
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Hardcover Report for July 2023

We’re preparing for a major launch in the coming weeks! Here’s what to expect.

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Adam Fortuna

8 min read
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Hardcover Report for June 2023

Our monthly recap of popular reads, upcoming book releases, featured prompts, community spotlights and product updates.

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Adam Fortuna

5 min read
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Hardcover Quarterly Plans for mid-2023

Edit books, select editions, site improvements, book page, search improvements and more.

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read
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Want to be a Hardcover Librarian?

We’re looking for the first few librarians to join! Are you up for it?

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Adam Fortuna

4 min read
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Building Hardcover: on “good enough” qualitative user personas

Hardcover is self-funded with a small user base, so we don’t have swathes of quantitative data at our disposal. But we still need a shared understanding of the needs, expectations, and behaviors of the readers we’re building for. We still need user personas.

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Lily Bradic

6 min read
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Ask Jules: Your OpenAI Powered Librarian

Jules is here to help you find your next book and answer any book related questions you have.

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read
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Making the Most of Stats

How to highlight your book favorites by making the most of your public stats page.

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Adam Fortuna

5 min read

Leaving Twitter?

Thinking about making the move away from Twitter? We’re a much different social network, but here’s what we’re focused on now and into the future.

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read
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The Hardcover Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discovery Flowchart of the 2010s

We lovingly created this infographic to help you find the science fiction or fantasy book from the past decade that’s right for you.

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Adam Fortuna

4 min read

Goodreads vs. Hardcover: Which is Right for You?

A feature by feature comparison of Hardcover and Goodreads with screenshots.

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Adam Fortuna

14 min read

Introducing Airlists: Airtable for Your Books

Airlists are more than just lists: they’re a tool for you to use to find or share that perfect book from.

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Adam Fortuna

5 min read

7 Ways You Can Use Match Percentage To Find Amazing Books Today

Match percentage is a score from 1% to 100% for how much we believe you’ll enjoy a book.

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read

$9,207 Spent, 400 Users: 8 Lessons From Hardcovers First Year

What a year! Here’s a look at everything we learned during the first year building Hardcover.

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Adam Fortuna

24 min read

Books vs Editions: How We’re Organizing Data Around Readers First

A look into how we’re organizing book data at the book and edition level with users first.

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read

Sticker Contest & Beta Release!

Want some nifty stickers? We got you covered.

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

Next Stop: Beta Release! 

It’s finally happening – our beta release is just around the corner.

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

13 Reasons Why We’re Building a Better Goodreads

Taking on Goodreads and Amazon isn’t something we take lightly. Here are some of the reasons why we believe it’s important.

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Adam Fortuna

14 min read

Introducing Prompts

Prompts are polls. They’re a new way to ask a question where readers can answer to find the best books.

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

Is Hardcover a Social Network?

After a bunch of discussions with users we have an idea on what the social side of Hardcover will be. Want a sneak peak?

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

5 Spooky Books to Read This Halloween

Check out 5 Spooky Books to Read This Halloween!

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read

Hardcover Internal MVP Released!

We’re working out the bugs and getting ready for a public release! Join our mailing list to be notified first.

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

Finding Good Books Shouldn’t Be a Slog through the Amazon

Our manifesto.

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read

What’s in a Reading Goal?

We’re trying something different on Hardcover: allow readers to create multiple goals to spark motivation.

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Adam Fortuna

4 min read

Your Book Stats: What Are They For?

Showing the right information about your reading habits can inspire more reading and help you find books you’ll love even more.

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read

List and Shelves and Organization, Oh My!

Book organization is a core piece of any book tracking application. This enables easily seeing books organized in a bunch of different ways. Here’s a look at some of the ways we’re tackling this at Hardcover.

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Adam Fortuna

6 min read

Hardcover Update #2 – What’s Different About Hardcover?

This is an email that went out to the Hardcover email list on June 20, 2021. Join the list to get these when they’re sent.

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

The Perfect Startup Tech Stack?

Every developer has a tech stack they consider to be the best. Mine has changed over time – and is changing again for Hardcover.

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Adam Fortuna

10 min read

The Startup Blog

I’ve always loved reading blogs and other stories that document a companies founding. We’re going to be doing just chat – sharing what we learn and our progress along the way.

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Adam Fortuna

3 min read

We have a name: Hardcover!

Our list of potential names was… interesting.

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read

Untitled Book Site Kickoff Meeting

It’s official – we have a group working together on this project! Here’s a look at how we’re kicking things off.

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read

I’m Building a Goodreads Competitor out of Spite

It started as a Tweet, moved over to a brainstorm and now it’s actually happening.

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Adam Fortuna

2 min read