When you use Readerly, you trust us with your information. We take this responsibility very seriously. The details of how this works are laid out below.
Readerly is 100% ad-free, and therefore does not share your data with advertisers or publishers.
Whether you're a reader, author, or any other user, everything you do on Readerly is private by default unless the action only makes sense if shared (for example, creating a Gist or posting in a public book discussion).
We've designed public actions to be self-explanatory, but to be safe, we also show a notice alongside any action that might be seen by other users:
To explain how your data is used, we've divided all data into three sections: private, anonymously aggregated, and public.
Private data is only seen by you. It's not shared in any form, or ever aggregated. We use the following:
Email address, password, and the provider you signed up with (Apple, Google, Facebook etc)
We use this information to identify your account, provide you services and support, and send you marketing communications (unless you opt-out). We may also use this data internally (anonymously aggregated) to aid product development, such as measuring feature usage.
IP address, device/browser type, operating system, pages you've visited on our site, and actions taken
We use this data primarily for personalization, specifically book recommendations, but also group matching and other personalizations that are aimed at improving your user experience. We may also use this data internally (anonymously aggregated) to aid product development, such as measuring feature usage.
We collect some of your data (such as book ratings) and bundle it into an anonymously calculated average or percentage. We make sure to never identify you personally.
Saving to Stacks, discarding, and rating books
We'll use these actions to create percentages to show to other users, such as "82% of users recommend this book."
Voting/liking Gists, comments, and qualities
When you vote or like content on Readerly, we'll never show that you individually liked it, and only show an aggregate count of either the number of likes/votes, or the percentage.
Actions on books and our site
Many actions, such as saving a book or making a purchase, are used in aggregate to train our recommendation engine models.
Public data is information that other users can see.
Your name (when posting publicly)
By default, your name is kept private, but when you post publicly (create a Gist or post to a book discussion, for example) your content will be attributed to your name.
Your earned points
Similarly, when posting publicly, the points you've earned by using certain features our site will be shown alongside your name.
Gists are one-line descriptions of a book and are used by other readers to judge if the book is of interest. When you create a Gist, you allow Readerly to show it publicly alongside that book and to credit you using your name.
Stacks and the books within them are private by default, but you may wish to enable sharing, either with select users or publicly.
Posts in book discussions
Book clubs are community discussions that include other users, so posts here will be seen by anyone with access to the discussion.
Last Updated: May 28, 2020
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