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Introducing Shelves

November 16, 2015

This one’s a biggie, and has taken a while to implement.

Earlier this year I added some improvements to My Texts. But after receiving feedback from some of the most prolific sharers of content on Readlang, it was clear that more organization was required.

My Texts

Here’s the new My Texts page:

New My Texts Page

Browse Selector

Browsing

Select the section to browse:

Searching

You’ll notice that there’s now a search box on the right allowing you to quickly locate texts based on their title or the author name.

Search Personal Texts

Arrange On Shelves

Arranging Texts on Shelves

Select some of your texts by clicking on the checkboxes at the left of each table row, and then click the Arrange on shelves… button to see the following controls:

These allows you to add new shelves, and to add and remove selected texts from shelves.

Perform Actions on Texts

Other Actions

Select some texts and click Actions to alter their read status, share them, or delete them.

Edit a Shelf

Browse to a specific shelf and you’ll see the shelf editing interface:

Edit Shelf

Re-Arrange Shelves

Re-order Texts Within a Shelf

You can click on the title or description to edit them. And you can use the handles to the left of each text to re-arrange them:

Share Shelves

Share Publicly

Click on the Share Publicly checkbox to share this shelf, along with all its associated texts.

Once public, you can share the Shareable Link allowing others to open the public view of that shelf.

Public View Of Shelf

(For now these shelves aren’t listed anywhere on Readlang, but you can share the link however you like. After enough shelves have been shared, I’ll think about adding a public listing of shared shelves.)

I hope you enjoy these new features. As always, please let me know if you have any feedback.

Happy language learning!

PS: Only Premium users can create shelves. This was an easy decision for private shelves since only heavy users will require them for organization. Public shelves may become free in future, but I’m restricting them to paying users for now since it will greatly reduce the risk of people posting spam in the shelf descriptions.

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