[Disciple Releases] Chapter 334

Chapter 334 can be found here!

Hmm… What kind of features make a site for reading novels… a site for reading novels?

One of the things that I have been thinking of implementing in my eventual site, is the infinite scroll feature where you simply have to keep scrolling down to go to the next chapter, like what most news websites are doing, or what Qidian is doing.

To me, it just makes so much sense, you know? You’re always reading top-down, so rather than breaking the flow where you have to click on left and right to go the next/prev chapters, just scrolling down would make it more convenient.

Of course, users are now used to the standard left/right chapter buttons format, and then comments at the bottom, which is a factor that shouldn’t be ignored too.

What do you guys think, and what other features do you think would make a site more comfortable for readers?


Picture source: here

  • Tsuki70

    I prefer the old way tbh. Infinite scroll would make it harder for me to find where I left off reading…

    • http://scrya.org Scrya

      Which is why a bookmark feature is something that would be beneficial! o/

  • Tsuki70

    Or maybe make it so that readers could choose if they want division by chapters or infinite scroll when reading? Kinda like in some manga sites they let you choose if you want to read a chapter page by page or have all the pages in one place and just scroll down to read it

    • Bobolander

      I second this idea!

  • Jack Trades

    I don’t really like the infinite scroll option when using mobile devices to read novels.

    It drains the battery really fast compared to other methods and probably has something to do with loading/caching all previously read chapters.

    For example if I were to start reading from chapter 1 to 50 without refreshing, then it will load all 50 chapters.

    All I know is that if I read on Qidian with my mobile phone, the battery goes from full to like 30% within a few hours unlike when reading on other sites.

    • http://scrya.org Scrya

      About the chapter 1 to 50 thing. Yep. That’s something that I has to be solved. Qidian does have many things running at once, which causes quite a bit of load.

  • tottiy

    -Record where reader last stopped? [I think RRL has a similar feature]

    -In-Page glossary? -when you hover over a word it gives you a short description of it’s meaning- [Shinsori has something similar]

    As for my personal opinion, being simple is the best. As long your content is high quality, the features of the site don’t matter much.

    • http://scrya.org Scrya

      In-page glossary is a great idea. I have been considering it too.
      Having high quality content is of course what one should always strive for, but providing you guys with a comfortable experience would keep you slav-, you guys here for a while longer during each visit. o/

  • Ebsolas

    Personally I can’t stand qidan for the specific reason of infinite scrolling. It’s way too easy to lose your place 10-20 chapters into something. Page reload? Start back from ch1. Accidentally tap the top bar and fast scroll to top? Ch1. It also has the unfortunate effect of eliminating any and all space for comments making the community feel dead. Id argue that wuxiaworld’s current layout is one of my favorites if you want to look at that one.

    • Ebsolas

      Maybe you could have a nav bar at the top that’ll inform us of new chapters. For example I like to keep my browsers open to keep track of all the stories I’m reading (not all of them are on NU) so I like to leave them open to the last chapter so I don’t lose my place in case I get busy. Unfortunately it also means I have to keep flip to the home page and back to check for announcements. Being able to tell at a glance if a new chapter has been released and be able to go to your announcements would be nice.

      The other thing, if your taking requests, that would be nice is if the next button would disable if there wasn’t a next chapter. Again for an ‘at a glance’ ability to check if a new chapter is released.

      • http://scrya.org Scrya

        Hmm~ From what I see, if you reload on a page, it snaps back to the last chapter you read through cache, though to the very end of the chapter and not exactly where you stopped in the chapter itself.

        A bookmark feature would probably be great to keep track… Hmm~ I will take note though~

        • Nayn

          That depends. Sometimes browsers forget where you are even on finite webpages.

  • franz

    What i like on gravity and ww is that you can navigate with only your keyboard by pressing left/right (or strg+left/right).
    Though this feature is useless if your main userbase are mobile users.

    • http://scrya.org Scrya

      I think there are some sites where users can just swipe left and right to go the previous/next pages. 😮

      • Germ

        I think navigating with a single button like left/right is really annoying. When i’m on gravity sometimes i touch left or right instead of down and end up in another page.
        Left/right + something is a lot better, i think wuxiaworl is ctrl+left/right?

      • Ebsolas

        I’d worry about how that interacts with iphone’s native forward/back swiping navigation though. Maybe just make the nav buttons gigantic and easy to press.

  • Nayn

    Please direct your attention to this comic: https://xkcd.com/1309/
    I feel I have made a contribution.

    • Nayn

      (yes, it is related to the topic. Please don’t use infinite scrolling. I have tried it on AO3 and it is a pain)

      • Ebsolas

        I agree. Admittedly (yes I’m a bad person for this) I have switched over to novel planet (an aggregator) for a few novels who’s websites have started using infinite scrolling because it’s a pain.

  • Ice_Princess

    This is fine. No need for change and it’s quite inconvenient for you to make changes in this website isn’t it.

  • shaikorth

    No idea… Some music maybe? Or Phone friendly interface😇

  • granny

    i prefer the original format really, i look forward to reading the comments after reading a chapter and I appreciate the little translator’s notes and your pictures lol
    plus its easier to see where i left off reading

  • Flint

    Always using Firefox’s Reading Mode so can’t add much

  • Ebsolas

    Oh yeah one request I have to absolutely make is, please no advertisements between the header and the nav bar on mobile. There are some sites that do that and it’s so ugly I have to remove them from my whitelist.

  • Bobolander

    I suggest making a dark version of the site. Yesterday I was reading till 4 am, and the light from the site was burning my eyes… T^T

  • busnuss

    Copy college humor if you want infinite scrolling.
    Scrolls down to a new url and has the comments after each item.
    Also clicking on one of the “chapters” takes you to that page so people who are caught up already could read the latest single chapter like normal