Add a "blank book" to allow the user to track reading material not applicable to Natively

Description of your request or bug report:
I would like to request that a “blank book” entry of sorts be added to Natively so that users can track things they’ve read that aren’t tracked on Natively due to format reasons (VNs, doujinshi, news articles, etc.).

This blank book would be extremely customizable on the user’s end, but not searchable from the main search bar(*). Fields I had in mind that the user could customize:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Cover image
  • Page count
  • Publication Date
  • Format of the work
  • A link space to link to the content if it’s hosted online, to a Wikipedia entry, etc., whatever might be useful

The user should be able to rate the blank book, but not grade it. Other users could see a user’s blank book(s) while browsing their library. I’m not 100% sure what you’d do about JP level; probably just leave that as N/A for the blank book? Or let that be a field the user can manually select based on their best judgement.

As for where/how you could add a blank book, perhaps there could be an option in your library (under the add custom tag option, perhaps) and on the search results page (perhaps near the top, above the search results themselves?).

(*) Thinking about this afterwards: it would be interesting to let users search for others’ blank books, and if they add it to their library, it creates a duplicate, so that user B can edit the information on the book without it changing the information on user A’s copy. This is a bit beyond my initial thoughts on scope, though, so I’ll leave this here.

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I back this request - I have some Pixiv/twitter comics (気になっている人は男じゃなかった! ー and VNs /games(逆転裁判所)I would love to be able to log, though god knows how you would track progress on the games.


I suppose you could try to get character counts for each chapter, if possible, and guestimate based off of that? Compare it to the average number of characters per page in a novel? Or you could just track progress by chapter/case numbers: I’ve finished the first case out of five, so I’m 1/5 of the way done. It’s not exact, but it’s an interesting problem to think about. :thinking:

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Apologies on the delayed response! Lots of details to work out here, but approve the general outline. I think games should be handled separately, but potentially people will use this as a crutch :sweat_smile:


Are there any updates?

Since it’s still in “requested” phase (according to trello) and not the “to do” phase, I’m assuming not :sweat_smile:

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Correct. Unfortunately it’s not in the foreseeable product plan, just really focused on other things right now :confused:

Of course, if it continues to be upvoted I’ll take that into account.

If it were a quick addition it’d be one thing, but my suspicion is that it’s not.


Oh I’d definitely love to see this as a feature. A big reason why I stopped updating my books here was because several can’t be listed. Hope to see it happen one day :pray: