I love the book2 site, but this idea? — not so much. Not at all. In fact, I hate the very notion. I can't imagine too many things more inimical to genuine reading than obsessively tracking the number of pages you read.
bkkeepr — I’ll sure be glad when the people who name applications rmmbr whr d vwls r n thr kybrds — is bad in three ways.
First, it takes attention away from the experience of reading and towards the mere fact of having read.
Second, it renders the mere fact of having read in quantitative terms — the emphasis is on getting from page 1 to page 220, not on paying attention to what happens on any given page. If your eyes are scanning the lines, then it doesn't matter whether your brain engages with any of the words.
And third, it diverts the reader’s attention from whatever he or she is reading to his or her own (supposed) achievement as a high-volume reader.
Reading a book shouldn't be like putting in X number of minutes on an elliptical trainer. It shouldn't be a form of what C. S. Lewis called “ethical hygiene.” Read what you like and stop with the counting already. As Randall Jarrell used to say: “Read at whim!”