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Old 10-28-2023, 01:04 AM   #166
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We also will have planned estimated remaining time hh:mm for that section as well.
You may wish to let the user configure his WPM so that the estimates can be adjusted. Reading speed varies so widely that you probably can't pick a single value that will yield accurate estimates for everybody
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Old 11-03-2023, 08:06 PM   #167
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You may wish to let the user configure his WPM so that the estimates can be adjusted. Reading speed varies so widely that you probably can't pick a single value that will yield accurate estimates for everybody
We won't use a constant WPM. We were thinking of doing something more elegant. We should be able to count the number of words per screen and the amount of time spent to estimate the WPM for each reader and do estimates based on those unique WPM.

Having to require readers to enter or even know their WPM seems suboptimal. What do you think about the approach to calculate it automatically for each reader. Initially of course it will just say" learning" until the reader moves from the first page/screen.

What do you think about that approach?
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BookFusion iOS 1.30.4 - Improvements & Fixes

Here at BookFusion, providing the very best and seamless reading experience is one of our core priorities. This results in us spending time occasionally to tend to our garden of existing features and functionality.

Improvements
  • TTS Voice selection now integrated inside the reader. Easily select your desired voice.
  • TTS is supported across more than 47 languages
  • Stack Reading Position when a user scrolls using the progress bar to another location . Easily jump back to previous positions using back button in the toolbar
  • Stack Reading Position support added for comic books
  • Improve book cover background blur for prettier book covers.
  • Added Dark mode support for page curl animation


Fixes
  • Retain format and line breaks in book description
  • Fixed swipe/curl pages with trackpad for the app when used on desktops (Apple Silicon machines)
  • iPad toolbar now uses full length.
  • Fix highlight selection for PDF when cropRect and mediaRect are not the same
  • Don’t override background and text colors for default theme
  • TTS fixes for iOS 17.1 and other improvement.
  • Fix text selection bug introduced in iOS 16.7 and iOS 17 in reflowable EPUBS
  • Fix paragraph spacing for vertical writing mode
  • Recover reader after javascript error in background
  • Fix custom themes synchronization issue with web
  • Incorrect location/reading progress when you open some books
  • Fixed Paragraph spacing with custom themes
  • Page curl animation for fixed layout epub and comic books
  • Status bar color in PDF and comic book reader

More details at https://www.reddit.com/r/BookFusion/...vements_fixes/
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Old 11-03-2023, 11:37 PM   #169
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Until the page numbers are fixed, BF is very much seriously broken! It needs to be fixed.
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What do you think about that approach?
It's a good idea, but different genres may yield wildly different WPM. The time it takes to read a page in a thriller novel is going to be much less than in a nonfiction philosophy book, or even something like a cookbook where a single page may be displayed for 30 minutes as you follow the instructions in your kitchen. You should probably have some mechanism to account for this, e.g. a per-book or per-genre metric.
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Until the page numbers are fixed, BF is very much seriously broken! It needs to be fixed.
We discussed here that it is not a bug as several other platforms would also be broken. We will be implementing the same metric you are familiar with when we get to that task at a later date when doing time remaining as well.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...&postcount=159.

Unfortunately, we won't be able to address this feedback until then. Hope you understand
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Old 11-04-2023, 01:34 PM   #172
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It's a good idea, but different genres may yield wildly different WPM. The time it takes to read a page in a thriller novel is going to be much less than in a nonfiction philosophy book, or even something like a cookbook where a single page may be displayed for 30 minutes as you follow the instructions in your kitchen. You should probably have some mechanism to account for this, e.g. a per-book or per-genre metric.
Those are very good points. Thanks for mentioning this, means we have to think about it a little bit more. Adds some complexity, cookbooks would be an outlier for sure since folks might spend the time it takes to cook on those pages. So at minimum we would need quickly identify if a book is Fiction, Nonfiction , Comic (word count not possible here, would require OCR first at least to get that), Cookbooks. These would be the 4 broad categories I can think of for now. I like the per-genre metric suggestion

Well there goes our initial planned approach . Thanks for mentioning the above, we will think about the best way to get this done.
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We discussed here that it is not a bug as several other platforms would also be broken. We will be implementing the same metric you are familiar with when we get to that task at a later date when doing time remaining as well.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...&postcount=159.

Unfortunately, we won't be able to address this feedback until then. Hope you understand
Yes, those other platforms are also broken. This is not how page numbers work.
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Old 11-04-2023, 04:14 PM   #174
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I like the per-genre metric suggestion
Of course, this also assumes that the book has correct genre metadata, which isn't always the case. Just imagine when a thriller is incorrectly tagged as a cookbook, and the user sees an estimate of 1000 days to finish reading it at 30 minutes per page.
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Of course, this also assumes that the book has correct genre metadata, which isn't always the case. Just imagine when a thriller is incorrectly tagged as a cookbook, and the user sees an estimate of 1000 days to finish reading it at 30 minutes per page.
Yup but I think we could train a model based on the book descriptions only to quickly classify them. Lets see how it goes once we get to this task You have made it more exciting for us. haha
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BookFusion iOS 1.30.6 – Brightness Gesture Control, Other Improvements & Fixes

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  • Gesture controls for adjusting brightness. Vertical pan at the edges for paginated mode and horizontal pan for scroll mode to adjust brightness with gestures
  • Display supported system fonts based on language of the books
  • More granular settings for line height. Now increases and decreases in smaller increments


Improvements & Fixes
  • Don’t show brightness control for interactive books
  • Fix “JavaScript error occurred” during opening EPUB books
  • Better bookmarks positions between different devices
  • TTS performance improvements
  • Improve stack reading position for PDF when you navigate with the progress bar
  • Fix TTS crash when pdf page does not contain any text
  • Fix scrolling to chapters with no text and scrolling to 100%
  • Exclude non-linear spine items for reflowable EPUB


Another release with some quality of life improvements and fixes. Stay tuned for the next iOS release with 1 or 2 more of your voted requests.

More about that release at https://www.reddit.com/r/BookFusion/...sture_control/
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BookFusion iOS 1.31.0 – Custom Tap Zones! & Other Improvements

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Introducing a highly-requested feature in this release - Custom Tap Zones! Now, take control of your reading experience like never before with the ability to customize the size and actions of tap areas using a convenient 3 X 3 grid.
  • Grid-Based Customization: Easily adjust the size of tap areas using a user-friendly 3 X 3 grid within the reader.
  • Tailor Actions: Define your preferred actions for each block, choosing from options like Page Left, Page Right, Toggle Toolbar, Play/Pause, or opt for No Action.
  • Enhanced Accessibility: Enjoy a more comfortable reading experience for both left-handed and right-handed users, with the flexibility to customize tap zones based on your hand preference.
  • Inclusive Design: Custom Tap Zones provide a valuable solution for individuals with hand disabilities or disorders, allowing them to personalize interactions to suit their unique needs.
  • Effortless Configuration: Personalize your tap zones seamlessly from within the reader, making your desired actions just a tap away.

Improvements & Fixes

This release has a few more fixes that addresses brightness gesture conflicts when doing:
  • Area/Image highlights
  • PDF swiping
  • Apple Pencil Selection

The latest update can be found in the App Store at*https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bookfusion/id1141834096*. Thanks again for all the support and please do continue to reach out to us with feedback and suggestions to help us build your ideal reading platform.*

Stay tuned for the next few releases!. What are you looking forward to the most?

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I just signed up for the basic plan in order to test BookFusion more.

Apart from my previous recommendations:
  • Option to disable animations
  • Option to use both sides for tap to next page
  • Vertical slide for brightness control

Here's another:
  • Larger side tap zones for page turns

In general, switching pages is the most used function while reading. With BookFusion on my iPad mini 6, the side tap zones are way too small so I often end up opening the menu when I want to go to the next page.

On my Kobo e-ink, I think the screen is divided into thirds which I think is a reasonable default.
Just a heads up. All your feedback would now be addressed in the latest release of the BookFusion iOS app.
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It's a wonderful app, but I don't have enough metrics like Storygraph.
Do you want to add visualized stats?

It was also a good idea to add synchronization or import/export to a Goodreads.
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It's a wonderful app, but I don't have enough metrics like Storygraph.
Do you want to add visualized stats?

It was also a good idea to add synchronization or import/export to a Goodreads.
Statistics

We have a whole section dedicated to statistics and graphs. We hope to get started on this component sometime next year. Won't leak the designs already done but I am sure you will like them.

Good Reads

We would like to, however it is not possibly since GoodReads retired the API and only allows access to apps previously integrated which will eventually also stop working. GoodReads will become much more closed and restrictive.

https://help.goodreads.com/s/article...he-use-of-APIs
https://debugger.medium.com/goodread...py-11ed764dd95
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