Since we’ve finished what I view as ‘v1’ of Natively, I wanted to take a brief moment to chat on what I’m thinking our big picture product roadmap is for the next year, since it may be a bit less clear.
Below is the current, big item, product roadmap:
Favorites (July) - Finished!
Book Providers (Aug) - In Progress
Content Tags (Aug)
Book Edition Handling (Sep)
Web Novel / Web Comic (Nov)
Rereads / Rewatch (Nov)
Recommendations & Premium( Dec)
1-2 more Languages (Dec) - Probably Spanish & German
Book Club Support (Jan)
Notifications System (Feb)
Priority Future Goals beyond that:
YouTube (would be major growth opportunity, but quite complicated to do well imo)
Other Content Types (Video Games, Podcasts, Audiobooks)
More Platform Community Things (Liking Reviews/Activities, Personal Goals, Opt-in Gameificaition)
This is a good balance between trying to attract new users (new languages, new content types) and improving the platform for current users (content tags, rereads, book club support). I’d also like to take a crack by the end of the year at a premium service.
You’ll also notice that I expect these all to be ‘medium’ sized tickets, which is different than in previous years.
I’m very excited by the roadmap! It’ll be quite hard to accomplish, but I think it’s possible.
My thinking is something similar along the lines of storygraph plus which is mostly advanced stats & improved / unlimited content recommendations. I also imagine I could incorporate some notifications as well - bookmeter sales, new manga volume releases… etc.
But yeah, I think the best place where premium plays is in recommendations if that makes sense.
Thank you for your hard work!
As an aspiring polyglot I can’t wait to see Natively covering more languages, specially German!
All the other features will make this platform more dynamic(likes & notification & bookclubs & …) for sure.
I’m really excited to see Natively continue to grow, it’s been an amazing resource for me.
Really interested in seeing what you decide to do for premium, are you planning a “lifetime” subscription option as well as monthly?
Probably - I’m certainly not opposed to it. Haven’t really specced it out fully, but I’ll keep that lifetime option in mind!
So everything that has been mentioned. Additionally, book club notifications will be a major one too. If we move book club procedural stuff on platform (nominations, voting, schedules…etc) it’d be really nice to get notifications for that stuff too. I’d also think that once we get enough book clubs, we could notify you if a book club is reading something on your wish list / owned list… etc.
Basically, there’s a ton of notifications I’d love to do and it’ll only grow in functionality. Getting an initial version out, with all the associated notification preference management, would be really nice.