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Crowdfunding for an app

Just been at a bookcrossing meetup and discussing an app. Has anyone looked at crowdfunding to pay for this? Pretty much everyone at the meetup would be willing to pay a few pounds towards the development of one. Multiply that up by all the bookcrossing members.

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Just been at a bookcrossing meetup and discussing an app. Has anyone looked at crowdfunding to pay for this? Pretty much everyone at the meetup would be willing to pay a few pounds towards the development of one. Multiply that up by all the bookcrossing members.
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I'll pass this on to Bruce and Ron (site founders). No promises though. Well, I do promise that I'll pass it on.
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I'd donate to that. Heck, I'd donate to get a decent mobile version of the website.
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I'd donate to that. Heck, I'd donate to get a decent mobile version of the website.

Me too!
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I'd donate to that. Heck, I'd donate to get a decent mobile version of the website.

Me too!

I would *PREFER* a good mobile version of the website. I really don't need another app.
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I would *PREFER* a good mobile version of the website. I really don't need another app.

Me, too. It would be cross-platform, and it would probably also be good to use on older/slower computers.
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I would *PREFER* a good mobile version of the website. I really don't need another app.

Me, too. It would be cross-platform, and it would probably also be good to use on older/slower computers.

Yes, well...my preferred way to access the site is my desktop CPU, and that's not likely to change. But it would be nice to have a better mobile site _also_.
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it would be nice to have a better mobile site _also_.

Exactly. It should be an addition, not a replacement. Unless, of course, it can be made so that it works fine on desktops *and* mobile devices.

When I said platforms, I meant operating systems. As in, a mobile site that works on iPhones, Android phones and whatever else is out there.
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it would be nice to have a better mobile site _also_.

Exactly. It should be an addition, not a replacement. Unless, of course, it can be made so that it works fine on desktops *and* mobile devices.

When I said platforms, I meant operating systems. As in, a mobile site that works on iPhones, Android phones and whatever else is out there.

Yes, in that case no one would have to develop separate apps for IOS, Android, etc...
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it would be nice to have a better mobile site _also_.

Exactly. It should be an addition, not a replacement. Unless, of course, it can be made so that it works fine on desktops *and* mobile devices.

When I said platforms, I meant operating systems. As in, a mobile site that works on iPhones, Android phones and whatever else is out there.

Yes, in that case no one would have to develop separate apps for IOS, Android, etc...

Another thing about a good mobile site vs. an app: for those of us with limited memory on our mobile devices, not having to install another app is a major plus. (If I want to update an app or add a new one I have to delete a different app!)

A mobile-friendly website that I can access via my browser would definitely be better for me.
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I would *PREFER* a good mobile version of the website. I really don't need another app.

Me, too. It would be cross-platform, and it would probably also be good to use on older/slower computers.



Same with me!
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This could work....
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Yes!

I am old fashioned, don't even own a modern mobile phone, but I believe that a decent app would attract many more people on BC. And I believe many many books go without a catch because people who happen to find them try to use their phone to see what this is about and maybe to add a journal entry but it's not possible for them.

I am a member less than 2 years here but I try to support the site as often as I can through the store and I would definitely support financially an app or other improvements to the site.
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if all the people that say they'd pay for an app are also paying to keep this site alive in the first place.

Although I'd love the site to be more mobile friendly, I'm really more worried that BookCrossing will end altogether and all my books will be orphaned with no way to write home. I know the site has always had financial difficulties and isn't as well funded by its users as one would hope.

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RE: I wonder

if all the people that say they'd pay for an app are also paying to keep this site alive in the first place.

: (

Yes I am.
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I make a purchase from the store every few months, often each purchase coming more than $100 and I've offer wings etc as RABCK in the Greek forum when I celebrated my first BCversary. I don't know if this is enough or not, but I agree that I don't see that many members, even the older ones here using the wings feature or official BC supplies as much as they should.

I've noticed this especially in some of the local forums where members seem too busy with their close-knit "circles", using BC mostly for releasing on local OBCZs or organizing games and exchanging books in monthly meet-ups and/or hand to hand....
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Wow, a number of us at our Melbourne Meetup also talked about this two weeks ago after initial discussion in NZ! Thanks for introducing the topic here. Let’s hope we can initiate something to enhance the site.
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It would be good to have an apps. Like with QR quote, once scan, the location and the people passing the book on. It would be a great idea. More and more young people would join in and share the joy of sharing. "Sharing is caring"

Cheers!

Regards,
MH
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<<cough>> just a gentle plug for this:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/546644

My view on the topic of this thread is that donations can be made to the site at any time by purchases from the store as well as membership/wings, and also via the "donate" button at the bottom of every page on this site.
Perhaps rather than a Crowdfunding appeal, it might be worth BookCrossing HQ to call for XX amount of money to be raised through 2018, in order for a mobile friendly/app to be funded. >>Note that I have never personally seen BC HQ acknowledge that they are willing and / or are able to look at investing in the development of an app.<<
That said, I've been a member of BookCrossing for years, and will admit that I have no idea how much it costs to run the site, and also how close we sail to losing the site altogether on a month by month/annual basis.
Not saying that info isn't out there...just that I haven't seen it.
For all we know, there could be a whole bunch of funding needed to the general running of the site before we can even think about an app.

I'm gonna "go there" tashclayton and say that your lack of wings highlights that you aren't ticking the very basic method of supporting this site, and therefore <if I were the powers that be of BC>I'd be less inclined to be receptive of your call for "more" so to speak.
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<<cough>> just a gentle plug for this:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/546644

I totally missed this, wish I'd seen it. :(

My view on the topic of this thread is that donations can be made to the site at any time by purchases from the store as well as membership/wings, and also via the "donate" button at the bottom of every page on this site.
Perhaps rather than a Crowdfunding appeal, it might be worth BookCrossing HQ to call for XX amount of money to be raised through 2018, in order for a mobile friendly/app to be funded. >>Note that I have never personally seen BC HQ acknowledge that they are willing and / or are able to look at investing in the development of an app.<<
That said, I've been a member of BookCrossing for years, and will admit that I have no idea how much it costs to run the site, and also how close we sail to losing the site altogether on a month by month/annual basis.
Not saying that info isn't out there...just that I haven't seen it.
For all we know, there could be a whole bunch of funding needed to the general running of the site before we can even think about an app.

I'm gonna "go there" tashclayton and say that your lack of wings highlights that you aren't ticking the very basic method of supporting this site, and therefore <if I were the powers that be of BC>I'd be less inclined to be receptive of your call for "more" so to speak.

BC seems to be struggling with basic maintenance right now, so I'd say we sail pretty close, and it might mean that we need to raise money for keeping going never mind improvements. If this is actually the case, I'd welcome seeing BC HQ call for an amount of money to be raised.
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<<cough>> just a gentle plug for this:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/546644

I totally missed this, wish I'd seen it. :(

Sorry greenbadger
I'm considering running it again with an April draw, but with the generousity of over 20 participants in the last one (drawn at the end of November), I'm not sure how productive it'd be only a few months later.

Just wish there was a little more transparency of what is actually going on, and if popular speculation about finances being the reason for current technical glitches is actually correct or not.
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Sorry greenbadger
I'm considering running it again with an April draw, but with the generousity of over 20 participants in the last one (drawn at the end of November), I'm not sure how productive it'd be only a few months later.

Count me in for sure, I'll look out for it.

Just wish there was a little more transparency of what is actually going on, and if popular speculation about finances being the reason for current technical glitches is actually correct or not.

Very much this. :(
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But I doubt it would ever happen unless BC leadership delegates the whole project to someone else.
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It would be so much easier to register/ release books, as I don't always have my laptop or good internet connection that is enough to load a website when I'm on the go.

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