I already track the books I'm reading on GoodReads and I'm much too lazy to look them up again. What do folks think of an integration similar to github repos, where I'm prompted with a list of the books I've recently read, asked which I'd like to feature, and in what order?

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    Forgive me, but I don't understand the question here. What about GoodReads integration? – Andrew Barber Mar 25 '13 at 3:40
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    @AndrewBarber: I'm guessing it's for StackOverflow Careers, under "add a book you've read" – David Robinson Mar 25 '13 at 3:41
  • @David Ahhh... that makes more sense. – Andrew Barber Mar 25 '13 at 3:43
  • Ouch. Why all the downvotes? The link at the bottom of careers says "Feedback always welcome" and links here. I'm not feeling it... – hurrymaplelad Mar 25 '13 at 22:22

I assume that David Robinson is correct and you're suggesting that StackOverflow Careers integrate with GoodReads. Four reasons not to implement this feature are:

  • It seems unlikely to have a widespread benefit. GoodReads looks like an interesting site, but I doubt that a significant number of people with SO Careers profiles use it. If it were desirable to integrate with some external book site, Amazon, B&N, and O'Reilly's Safari seem like better choices.

  • Users who do use GoodReads will still likely want to tailor the list of books they present in their SO Careers profile. Yes, you could create a custom "shelf" in GoodReads, but at that point it's not much more work to simply create your list on SO Careers.

  • Managing everything in your SO Careers profile inside the SO Careers interface is simple and reliable. Having to log into a separate site to manage your book list seems cumbersome.

  • The current setup seems to be working pretty well.

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