I’ve been working on a beta version of Booko for, like, 7 months now. I finally upgraded it while moving from Slicehost to Linode. I’ve made a large number of changes to the way Booko performs long running tasks and how those tasks communicate. But I’ll leave the nerdy stuff for later.
The biggest change from a user point of view is some integration into Freebase.com. You’ll notice extra information appear in book listings now. For example, the Booko page for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo now tells you:
- that the book is part of the Millennium Trilogy
- the other books in the series (The Girl who played with Fire & The Girl who kicked the Hornets’ Nest)
- the other editions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – hardcover and paperback.
The data at Freebase is a long way from complete, but it’s constantly growing. This should be a very useful feature. I’ll be doing more to integrate Freebase into the search results – for example, so a book shows up only once, listing the different editions in that single search result item.
List management also got an overhaul. That old list manager page was pretty bad. There’s still work to do, but it should be far more usable now. Log in and check it out!
There are still bugs to fix (soooo many missing images for cover art) and features to add (smarter list price calculation, used books).