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No matter whether you're a regular BookLikes visitor or a newbie, we hope you'll find these tips useful in your blogging adventure. Here's how to set up your book blog and make your first steps in the blogging community.
We're happy to see newcomers to BookLikes, the BookLikes team says warm and loud Welcome, welcome! :)
7 tips how to start a book blog
1. Choose your blogging platform and register. If you're reading this on your Dashboard, we're more than happy to see that you've chosen BookLikes as one of your blogging companion.
2. Think of a catchy blog name. Make the blog title work for you and your content, it should be compatible with the reviews and texts as well as your personality.
3. Meet the bloggers. The blogging community is huge and very diversified. You can follow everyone but you can get in touch with those who are your favorites and to whom you look up. Make them your inspirations.
4. Make your place comfy and stylish. Your page should be your showroom. A lot depends on your computer knowledge but if your tech skills aren't your assets, don't worry. Use the free templates and remember that what really matters is the content, show your masterclass in reviewing and content writing.
5. Add a personal touch. There is a real person behind each blogging page and a blog project and readers like to know who is backstage. Take a minute to create About me and Contact page where you can add a couple of details about yourself, your reading habits, books you love and your reviewing policy.
6. It's all about networking. Make sure to add your social profiles links and other pages you're sharing your pieces on. We would also suggest creating a separate e-mail address to make it easier for the blogging community and writers to reach you.
7. Write. Write. Write. And have fun.
BookLikes tips on staring a book blog
1. BookLikes is a webpage which combines features of a blogging platform and a book cataloging site. Our aim was to create a place where creating a personal webpage with a book blog and a virtual bookshelf will be easy for everyone and won't take longer than several clicks. The intro tutorial guides you around the crucial BookLikes' features and helps to make your first steps in the book blogging community.
To take advantage of all BookLikes features make sure to open a welcome e-mail from the BookLikes team with a verification code. Once your BL account is verified, BookLikes is all yours :)
2. On BookLikes, the blog name and the username are two different things.
Your username is the nick you're choosing when registering, it will be part of your www address, e.g. yourusername.booklikes.com. You can change it anytime but keep in mind that the www address of your BookLikes webpage will be changed along with the username.
The blog name (the blog title), on the other hand, is a name you're giving to your blog page. If you won't create a separate title for your blog page, it will automatically present your username as your blog title so it's worth to add it as soon as you register, either during the intro tutorial steps or in Settings/blog.
Both the username and the blog name can be changed any time.
You can change the username in the general Settings (main menu->Settings), whereas the blog name can be altered in Settings/blog (main menu->Settings->Blog).
3. Once you're all set, go and say hi to the BookLikes community. The intro tutorial gives you the opportunity to follow several bloggers but if you missed that point or want to check out other blogs, please use the Explore page where you can search bloggers by their reading preferences and popularity. The moment you start following a given blog you'll see the blogger's reviews and bookshelf updates on your Dashboard.
Visit the Book catalog page to know what the community is reading, shelving and reviewing. Click the book cover to be moved to a book page where you can view the community reviews which lead to separate blogs that you can follow.
Once your Dashboard is boosting with your fellow bloggers activities, start a reading challenge -- a great way to show your reading life step by step, book by book.
Also, make sure to say hello in the discussion groups where you can count on BookLikes team help and the community tips and tricks.
4. Customizing your BookLikes webpage is a painless process also for those not too tech savvy. To customize the webpage go to Settings/blog and click the Customize button. You will be moved to the customization tab, where you can choose a design template for your book blog (choose Themes to view free and paid blog templates).
Click Done or Customize to add more personal touch. Remember to Save all the changes and see how it looks on your webpage live.
If you feel good with your coding abilities you can also edit HTML or upload a template of your own design.
5. To add additional pages, like About me or Contact, go to Settings/Pages and create a page where you can add more information about yourself and your blog.
6. Adding your social profiles is another gateway for your readers to find and reach you. Make sure to add your actual social profile links in the customization tab (see point 4), they will be automatically added on your webpage. Tick social network buttons to make it easier to share your content, the Facebook like, Twitter, G+1 and Pin buttons will be added to each of your blog post.
7. And now the real work starts. Read, write, meet, share, comment, stay active and enthusiastic. Show your energy and spread the book love. Write great book reviews. Make your text stand out, be honest and never stop writing about reading.
Your book blog is your place now. A perfect place to be.
And remember that the blogging community is made of awesome people. If you have any doubts or questions, ask your fellow bloggers. We're sure they will be more than happy to give you a helping hand.
As always, you can also mail the BookLikes team with any concerns. We'll do all to help and support :)
There's no better way to survive the winter evenings than picking up new books. Here's a collection of February releases worth your attention. What are your bookish picks for this month?
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid.
In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion? Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it's time for them to separate. For the moment it's a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she's not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love. A searing, suspenseful story of intimacy and infidelity, A Separation lays bare what divides us from the inner lives of others. With exquisitely cool precision, Katie Kitamura propels us into the experience of a woman on edge, with a fiercely mesmerizing story to tell.
Profoundly moving and gracefully told, PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life. So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above.
Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s a small town in the center of the state—the first a in Nevada pronounced ay. This is the late 1990s, and even if the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an existential threat to Video Hut, there are still regular customers, a rush in the late afternoon. It’s good enough for Jeremy: it’s a job, quiet and predictable, and it gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad and where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck. But when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets—an old movie, starring Boris Karloff, one Jeremy himself had ordered for the store—she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on it,” she says, but doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, a different customer returns a different tape, a new release, and says it’s not defective, exactly, but altered: “There’s another movie on this tape.” Jeremy doesn’t want to be curious, but he brings the movies home to take a look. And, indeed, in the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment and the movie is replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video.
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn’t necessary. Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Yiyun Li grew up in China and has spent her adult life as an immigrant in a country not her own. She has been a scientist, an author, a mother, a daughter—and through it all she has been sustained by a profound connection with the writers and books she loves. From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Søren Kierkegaard and Philip Larkin, Dear Friend is a journey through the deepest themes that bind these writers together. Interweaving personal experiences with a wide-ranging homage to her most cherished literary influences, Yiyun Li confronts the two most essential questions of her identity: Why write? And why live?
In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families. Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers. So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.
After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts. With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal… Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.
An elegant, deeply felt memoir from Maryse Wolinski—journalist and widow of the late cartoonist Georges Wolinski, who died in the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo—that is both a beautiful tribute to her late husband and a rallying call to action. “Darling, I’m going to Charlie.” These were the last words that prolific satirical cartoonist Georges Wolinski said to his wife, Maryse, as he left for work. Two hours later, terrorists barged into the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, fatally shooting him and eleven others
Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. Or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes. A love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and to adolescence—a time when anything feels possible—The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love something—or someone—for the very first time.
Although much has been written about the role that social issues have played in politics, little attention has been given to the historical impact of women activists on both sides. DIVIDED WE STAND reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women's rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values. The women's rights movement and the conservative women's movement have irrevocably affected the course of modern American history. We cannot fully understand the present without appreciating the events leading up to Houston and thereafter.
Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our biology—our senses, intelligence, and lifespans—in the hopes that, with technology, we can become something better, something other, than ourselves. For decades, transhumanism has been quietly exerting its influence, but in the last few years it has achieved critical mass, finding support among Silicon Valley billionaires and some of the world’s biggest businesses. Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not only for our offices and homes, but for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm? Addressing these questions and more, O'Connell presents a thoughtful, provocative, often hilarious look at a growing movement.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness. This collection explores femininity and race in the contemporary American political climate, folding in references from jazz standards, visual art, personal family history, and Hip Hop. The voice of this book is a multifarious one: writing and rewriting bodies, stories, and histories of the past, as well as uttering and bearing witness to the truth of the present, and actively probing toward a new self, an actualized self. This is a book at the intersections of mythology and sorrow, of vulnerability and posturing, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence.
One month checked, eleven still to go. How did you do in the first month of your 2017 reading challenge? Have a look at BookLikes bloggers January bookish results. Our 2017 TBR pile is growing up high ;)
Click the blog headings to visit the blogs, and click the book covers to go to a book page where you can +Post and +Shelf the titles.
Okay, I read six books in January, half of them re-reads. Not my best month, but oh well.
1. Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books - Nick Hornby ***** My only five-star this month, and a rerun. I love Hornby's non-fiction, so a collection of his book criticism for Believer magazine is perfect for me, and seeing him struggle with the magazine's "acid-free" policy is hilarious (I couldn't do it, myself, as you'll see shortly). Plus, a loot of great recommendations, albeit in a more mainstream vein than my usual tastes. Still, any book that got me into reading Sarah Vowell is aces... read more
I read a total of 9 books in January. Not too bad! Most of the books I read were absolutely amazing/enjoyable. Two of them did not really keep my interest, but I still manage to finish them (and they got 3 stars because I feel like these books could be enjoyed by other people... read more
So this past month was a good reading month. I read from a TBR so as to not waste time looking for my next read and donated three bags of books to betterworldsbooks. I read ten books in total. I DNF'd quite a few- returning them to the library or donating them. It felt good to move things along reading wise... read more
Started the Romance Bingo and Pop Sugar Reading Challenges this month. Participated in Bout of Books cycle 18. Participated in #24in48 read-a--thon.
Library Love challenge is going great; thinking I should have gone for the top level (50+ books), but may stay at the current level (36+ books) for now. I also got in 11 hours of volunteer time at the library, despite a constantly changing school schedule that saw my son out of school more than in school... read more
5 books. Not that bad. I was hoping for more but you can't always get what you want. I'm still very proud... read more
I read and reviewed 26 books this month. I guess I have to give props to whatever cold thing kicked my butt this past weekend and the fact that due to real world events I have been pretty much throwing myself into books... read more
So I will admit, for me, I have started this year out slow. Only 3 new books and one re-read. I do re-read the Psy/Changeling series alot though, I just cannot seem to get enough of that fantastic world Nalini has created. However I think for February I am going to aim for 5 new books... read more
Click to view more of January wrap-ups by BookLikes bloggers. If you're not included in the list, let us know and we'll add you up :)
1. Read the following piece
2. Join Bookish Box Swaps on BookLikes
3. Meet other book lovers
4. Prepare fancy gadgets
5. Send a box with a smile
A guest post by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile:
So you’re wondering about Bookish Box Swaps, and what they are? Well friends, let me take you on a quick trip into a world filled with boxes of goodies. A world where that fluttery feeling of filling boxes with things you know someone else will love, comes more than once a year. If there’s one thing we bookish people know, it’s that books can soothe the soul. This is exactly why I created the Bookish Box Swaps group.
The idea behind it all is simple. Our group chooses the next swap we want to do, a minimum spending requirement is set, a list of fun themed items is created, and the rest is all up to the swappers! We do a quick poll at the beginning, before people are paired up, to give the swappers a glimpse at the people behind the emails. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the people you interact with on a daily basis, and see what you have in common! Each swap is unique, and a brand new chance to meet someone new.
As an example, our “Cozy Up Swap” at the end of 2016 was about all things comforting and warm. The rules called for a book, a warm drink, something edible, something handmade, and a card. I was absolutely floored by the types of boxes that were curated by our members. There were so many thoughtful, handpicked, handmade items. It’s a lot of fun to watch the pictures roll in, as the swappers receive their packages. The amount of love thrown around is infectious.
Have I given you enough of a reason to join us yet? We would love to have you! You can find us here: http://booklikes.com/groups/show/746/bookish-box-swaps. Keep in mind that our swaps aren’t mandatory, and all our members are welcome to participate whenever they can!
My hope for this group was always that it would foster more of the bookish love we all already have, and bring people closer together. It seems to be doing just that! When the world looks bleak, at least we have this little piece of kindness and light to hold onto.
If you've missed the previous "Bloggers write" post here's a link to catch up with the BookLikes Librarian's tips & tricks on editing and adding books on BookLikes ->
Reading is a personal thing but some reading habits are common for all book lovers. We're happy to present some findings based on the recent reading habit tag Q&A.
BookLikes bloggers love reading on a comfy couch under a soft blanket but this pattern doesn't stop them from reading any place. A cup of tea or coffee is a perfect companion for a bookish night. Some books, though, require a big glass of red wine or a chocolate bar, a big spoon of ice cream or simply any kind of a sweet treat.
BookLikes bloggers tend to be polygamist readers who like to shift between formats and genres. Similar freedom takes place when replacing a missing bookmark with anything nearby, like ribbons, receipts, tickets, boarding passes and random pieces of paper.
Many readers choose music to enhance the book atmosphere but a large group of book lovers cannot stand any kind of distraction, including their own voice. The silent reading isn't required when reading to kids or immersing into vivid poetry pieces.
Book bloggers agree that books are important personal objects and need special attention. Spine barking is justified for paperbacks and library editions which already have this intense reading trace. Note taking is reserved for textbooks.
Skipping pages is hardly understandable, whereas peeking ahead is a sign of curiosity and book praise.
If you haven't participated in our tag fun game, we'll be more than happy to welcome you. Copy the following questions and share your reading habits on your blog. Please remember to add a reading habit tag to your post:
1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?
4. Do you eat or drink while read?
5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
6. One book at a time or several at once?
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?
11. Do you write in your books?
If you're curious how your fellow bloggers answered, here's a list of BookLikes bloggers reading habits posts.
We've decided to start up a brand new section on BookLikes blog where we invite our bloggers to write about important and interesting BookLikes initiatives and other bookish topics. We have a huge pleasure to welcome Jenn from Murder by Death, one of the BookLikes Librarian, who would like to share some tips and tricks concerning editing the book catalog on BookLikes. It's a must read, boys and girls :-)
P.S. If you haven't visited Murder by Death's How to BookLikes group yet, you need to catch up, just click here.
Guest post by Jenn from Murder by Death:
Help! I can’t find my book on BookLikes!
Trying to add new books (or new-to-you) to your shelves but can’t find them in BookLikes? Here’s what to do to find them, add them or edit them.
First try searching… again.
Like all databases of any size, BookLikes periodically indexes it’s book database. To paraphrase Wikipedia, indexes are used to quickly locate data without having to search every row in a database every time a search is done. An index is a copy of selected data from a database that can be searched very efficiently, but the actual process of creating that copy, or index, is no small thing; especially for large databases, so it’s only done periodically. What does any of that mean to us? It means that if a book you’re looking for has been added after the last indexing, it might not come up in a title search.
So, if your search yields “No books found!” when you search by title, try searching again using the ISBN. 8 out of 10 times, you’ll find the book you’re looking for. The bonus of using the ISBN (ASIN works too!) is that if it isn’t in the BookLikes database, BL will automatically query its affiliate partners, e.g. Amazon, and if they have it, BookLikes uses the information to add the book record to the database. Easy peasy, right?
Adding a new book
But what if you’ve tried searching by ISBN and you still have no book love from the database? Then you can - and should! - add a new book. Any BookLikes member can add a new book to the database by using either the “Add a new book” button in the search results, or by clicking “Add a new book” on any author’s page (“Add New Edition” is only used when you’re adding a new edition of an already existing work/title).
When you click the button to add a new book, you’ll go to the add new book page. Upload the book cover (or check the box for “There’s no cover yet”), and fill in the blanks: title, author, series, etc. Please fill in as many of the fields as you can; everyone appreciates a complete book record. :)
Please note: the Author field and the Series field are both search fields. When filling these in, wait a moment before hitting tab or return: you’ll see the spinning wheel and then a list of author or series names to choose from. Select the correct name from that list. If it’s a new series, hitting return will add it.
New books are sent to the librarian’s queue for checking, so remember these important tips - the librarians will thank you and think good thoughts about you!
1. Please include the ISBN/ASIN for all new books you add. These are almost always found on the publisher’s page, library page, Amazon’s page, and about half the time, the author’s website. You might have to search around a bit, but they’re there. Either ISBN 10 or 13 will do; both is great if your feeling completist. For kindles and audible editions, the ASIN is both on the Amazon (or Audible) page and in the Amazon link to the book page. Books without an ISBN or ASIN will either be merged with book records that do, or will be changed to match a new edition with an ISBN. That might mean a different format or cover than you wanted for that record.
So now you’re asking “What if the book I’m adding doesn’t have an ISBN or and ASIN? What then?” Excellent question. If you’re adding a book older than the ISBN system (pre 1970’s, approximately), or if you’re adding a short story from an author’s website, or a self published piece that the author did not obtain an ISBN for, then check the box for “No ISBN/ASIN” and make sure you include a valid source link that librarians can use to verify the information. Valid sources include the publisher, the author’s website and worldcat.org.
2. Please keep in mind that there are only two types of books that need an ASIN: kindles and audible audiobooks. If you are adding any other format (paperback, hardcover, ebook, etc.) please do not add an ASIN. If you’re an author adding your books to BL, add a new edition for each format: one for ebook with an ISBN, one for kindle with an ASIN, etc.
There are a few more tips for adding books that make everyone happy, but these are the two biggies. For a more complete list, or to ask questions, see this thread: http://booklikes.com/thread/2822/dos-and-don-ts-for-adding-new-books
Handy tip for Amazon and BookDepository users - with a caveat:
You can add books to BL directly from the Amazon or BookDepository websites AND get them on the right shelf at the same time. BookLikes offers a handy little widget-thing called “Shelve It!” and you can find it on your BL bookshelves. In the upper(ish) right area of your book shelves you’ll see a small black book icon. Drag that to your browser’s bookmark bar, and the next time you’re on Amazon or BD and see a book you want to shelve, click that button and voila!
PLEASE NOTE: The Shelve It function is currently part of the BookLikes coding review, so if you try to use it right now, your results may vary. Amazon and BookDepository have changed their website functionality and this widget needs to be adjusted accordingly. If the widget doesn’t work for you now, at least you know about for the future! ;)
Editing book records
So what if you find your book, but it’s missing the cover, or series information or it’s marked as a Young Adult and it most certainly IS NOT YA? Edit that record! Fix it and help BookLikes towards perfection!
Hyperbole aside, BookLikes allows anyone to edit a record to fix incorrect data for that edition. There are two ways to do this: either via the “edit” button, which allows you to make the edits yourself, or the “report” button which allows you to notify the librarians of the issues so they can fix it for you. Both of these are on every book edition page.
Good things to know and remember:
1. If you do the edits yourself, you won’t see your changes instantly; your edits go into the librarian queue and can be rejected if they don’t meet the BL guidelines. Currently there’s no communication method in place between librarians and users submitting edits, so if you don’t see your edits in, say, 48 hours, (it can be longer - they’re volunteers!) one or more of them likely got rejected.
2. If you’re changing the cover, either via edit or report, include a source link that verifies that edition has that cover. Because cover wars are not an urban myth, and as a rule, librarians are picky. Rejections happen without a valid source link.
3. DO NOT CHANGE or REMOVE AN ISBN. Just don’t do it! It almost never ends well; gnashing of teeth and rejection will almost surely be the result. If you can’t find your edition, add it. Don’t change someone else’s to suit yours. There are RARE cases when an ISBN is invalid - it happens but not often. When you know the ISBN is wrong, then do let BL know - use the report button and the comments box to explain why you think the ISBN is invalid. Also: BookLikes does not remove out-of-print editions. If it ever existed and had an ISBN, it stays and keeps the information that was valid for that edition at the time it was released (i.e. covers and titles and author pseudonyms).
4. If you see records that have both an ISBN and ASIN, and are listed as a “Kindle Edition” (note the uppercase K and the word “Edition”), this is a quirk of the imports and until it can be fixed, librarians need to split those records apart to form the correct ebook and kindle editions. If you want to let the librarians know about the ones you come across, use the Report button and choose “other” from the pull down menu and include a request to split them in the comments field.
Those are the highlights, if you want more details about how to edit like a BL pro, you can find more, or ask questions on this thread:
The bookish gadgets make us really happy. Not regular happy, we mean crazy joyful. Our heart rate increases, the blood pressure rises, the cheeks blush, both of our hand shake and lip corners lift up into a smile. A very big smile. Our reaction was the same when we teamed up with Mikołaj Adamczyk, the 3D designer and artist from Clonova, who decided to expand his portfolio with the collection of bookish gadgets. Yep, you heard us right, THE BOOKISH GADGETS! So, who's interested? :D
What's 3D printing anyway?
3D printing uses a printer to create three-dimensional objects in comparison to a regular printer where are only two dimensions: the front of the page and the back. 3D printing adds a volume to these two.
3D printed object are created by adding or depositing layers of material. Plastic is the most commonly used but you can print with number of materials including steel, silver or gold, basically anything that can be melted or put back together in layers. The technology is developing super fast and it's already possible to print buildings or eatable books. How cool is that!
But let's get back to the bookish stuff :) Our brainstorms resulted in the three projects listed below but worry not, more are coming! As always, we're curious of your opinion. How do you like them? Do you consider them useful? Would you like to ... get one of these? :) It's the very beginning of the 3D projects so we'd like to ask: if you had an opportunity to print yourself a 3D bookish gadget what would it be?
Please let us know in the comment section below. We do plan on some surprises so stay tuned :-)
1. Cat a Stopper is a handy hand-free way to keep your books open. This book page holder and a bookmark is great to hold a book or a magazine wide open for easier viewing, it's also perfect for reading while standing or lying. A helpful gadget for all multitask readers who read many books at once (academic research) or prefers big format and hard cover books. Helps you keep your place while studying, enjoying a cup of coffee or taking an Instagram shot. Awesome for cookbooks, it will keep your books clean and spotless.
2. A transparent scrap page / note taking bookmark
This will help you stay organized and keep your books in a perfect condition, no more dog ears! Thanks to this note taking page you can highlight the passage you find essential and add all necessary notes. Perfect for students, analytic readers, quote lovers.
3. DIY Bookshelf
There are never too many books, only not enough bookshelves in the book lover's life. Here's a ready to go plan to create a shelf of your own design.
Can't wait to hear what you think of those! Add your comments and ideas for more bookish gadgets in the comment section below.
You've probably already noticed that the book search and the dashboard load don't function as they should. For the couple of days some of the BookLikes features came to a halt. The interruptions are temporary and all the functions will be tuned on again as soon as possible. We've also noticed that the problems are inconsistent and vary depending on the browsers. If you can, please do check your BookLikes on your other devices and retry on other browsers.
The repair works will be continued for the next several days and this means that BookLikes will have limited options during the upcoming weekend. We're really sorry for the inconvenience. We'll do all to make your BookLikes experience pleasant and valuable, regardless of the temporary obstacles. And, we cannot thank you enough for your support and contribution. This means a lot to all of us.
We are people of bright minds and happy hearts and we believe the solution will come quickly. What's more, we think something good can come out of this situation.
Yes, it's a good time to grab a book. Yes, it's a good time to go for a walk. But it's also a good time to explore BookLikes. People are full of habits and you probably have the same drill for BookLikes every time you visit the page. Now it's the opportunity to visit the BookLikes pages that maybe haven't been visited by you for a while.
Please note that the book pop up and +Post and +Shelf buttons are active. This means you can add and review the books when you click on the book cover. For reviewing books, please do check our recent post where we share review writing tips and seven BookLikes places where you can add a book to your shelf and write a review.
It's good time to go over your list of Followers and Followings (menu->Friends) and visit their blogs. You can look through your BookLikes friends, follow the ones who you've missed, find and invite new ones.
You're probably used to read the majority of posts on your Dash but with the limited Dash load it's hardly possible now (one more time sorry!). You can still view the writings, reviews and other posts on the public blogs where you can like, reblog and comment the articles. Just click the blog title. When you spot a book you like, click the cover and you'll be moved to a book page where you can add it to your shelf, add a text and view the BL community reviews.
It's also a great ideal to review the bloggers' shelves. Many bloggers use the thematic shelves to keep their library well organized so it's really easy to find the reads perfect for you, the book series you love or written by authors you appreciate.
If you still don't know whether to follow a new blogger or not, you can also compare the books. Click the stats icon on the blog page to view your books in common.
Note: If you're missing some graphs on the compare page they will get back once the works are done.
Instead of Dashboard, use the Explore page and Book catalog.
Explore (main menu->Explore) is a shortcut for the recent BookLikes activity. You can look over the Meet BookLikers sections, select language filter or the genre. To visit the blog or read full post click the blurb.
Book catalog (main menu->Book Catalog), on the other hand, will show you an overview of the bookish picks by the BookLikes community. We're sure that once you look through the reviewed, bookshelved, wishlisted, read and rated books your TBR pile will just grow up high. Remember that you can +Shelf and +Post any book, just click the cover.
If you crave for more books, visit the Giveaways page (main menu->Giveaways) and enter to win some brand new titles. Or add one of your own.
Other bookish places worth visiting include Discussion rooms, where you can join or create a group. You can also join one of the Book clubs, pick a Daily Deals and shelve a collection of books from the Reading lists.
We sincerely apologize for the ongoing situation and the reappearing interruptions. All updates regarding the issues will be posted in the comment section below and in the Bug report thread.
Book blogs are different but they do have one thing is common, they share book reviews. And this means you're letting us, the readers, enter into your heads. Which is great, we get to know your thoughts without the superpowers! Sometimes, though, some extra powers are needed to write a good book review. We are curious what are your writing tips. Below we share several of ours plus several places on BookLikes to visit to add your reviews on BL.
The following tips may be useful for regular BookLikers and BL newbies - welcome welcome :).
Writing a book review tips:
1. Read the book. You need to be reliable, writing about the book without actually reading it, isn't a review.
2. Think. Digest. Mull over. Sure you can write a second after you've finished the book but that extra time will bring new thought and a new perspective.
3. Focus on things that made you happy/unhappy, really touched you, shocked, made you ponder. Don't post the book's synopsis, the review is about your subjective point of view, all the plot twists can be read.
4. Connect. Relate. Refer. If a book, an author or a writing style reminds you of a different piece of writing, brings up a metaphor or a past memory write about that. This will add an extra value to your review.
5. Trust yourself. Sometimes you're not sure how you feel about the book and it seems that all the people around don't follow your doubts? So what? Remember, it's all about You here, be honest, be bold. You are the reader, so the review is yours and doesn't have to follow the trend.
6. Write. Close the document. Leave it for a while. Go back and check if it's OK. Sometimes the perspective can change multiple times.
7. Share. Post on BookLikes and your other websites and profiles.
If you had any doubts about writing a review on BookLikes, we do hope these tips will solve them all. Visit these places to add your texts. Can't wait to read them on!
1. Writing a book review from a book pop up window
Whenever you click on the book cover on BookLikes (like, anyplace), the pop up will appear. To add a review click +Post and Text.
This will move you to the editor window ready to be filled up with your words. To mark your text as a review, please remember to tick the review on the right side bar and select the star rating (you can also add half stars). Otherwise, the system won't recognize the text as a review and your article won't show up on the book page or a Dashboard review view.
The book cover visible on the upper wooden bar will be added to your review automatically on the left side of your text so you don't need to add the cover image. You can add any other images or gifs inside the text to complement your text and show your emotions towards the book.
2. Writing a book review from a Currently reading spot
All you currently reading books are visible on the right side of your Dashboard so it's a really easy access to publishing your next review. The moment you finish up your read, go to your Dash and click Finished!, add the reading details (dates, starts, shelves, emoji) and click Save and write a review .
You will be moved to the editor window where you can add the text. The stars and emoji will be transferred and the cover will be added automatically inside your review. If you're happy with the outcome, make it online.
3. Writing a book review from your Shelf
If the book is already marked as a Read one and waits to be reviewed, go to your Shelf and (now you have 2 options):
a) find the book on your Read shelf, click it and follow the procedure from point 1. Writing a book review from a book pop up window
b) with only one click switch to table view and press add a review. Then follow the procedure from point 1. Writing a book review from a book pop up window. The review box on the right will be ticked, remember to add the rating stars.
4. Writing a book review from a book page
So you've been searching the book catalog and you've came across the book you want to review? No problem. Just click +Post and Text and then follow the procedure from point 1. Writing a book review from a book pop up window
5. Writing a book review from a blog page
Did you know that you can add a review from the public blog pages? Yes, you can! Now whenever you end up on the blog's page hover over the book cover and click +Post and then follow the drill from point 4. Writing a book review from a book page.
6. Writing a book review from the reading lists
When you explore the reading lists (main menu -> Apps -> Reading lists) and you spot a book from your review to do list, click +Post and Text and follow the steps from point 1.
7. Writing a book review from the book club
Visiting the book club (main menu->Apps_>Book clubs) doesn't need leaving it to write a review. Hover the pointer over the book cover and you'll see the book pop up. Then press +Post and Text and follow the drill from point 1.
Additional review attributes
Your book review on BookLikes may also receive some special features, like:
- review box and rating stars - tick and select your rating;
- spoiler - add a spoiler alert to warn your readers that some extra information may be revealed in your review;
- post date -- you can schedule it ahead, use the post date spot to choose the date and time;
- source -- if you cross post from your other websites, add the source link, it will be added in the reviews' footnote;
- custom URL -- the address of your reviews have the same words as your post title but if you wish to change what's appearing in the link, go ahead;
- tags -- add those to categorize your texts and let other people find more of the reviews alike;
- cross post -- you can post to your social profiles and other blogs; before doing that, please check if you've connected the pages in your settings and click the icons to make them green=active when publishing online.
You can also save the text as Draft. It will be saved in your draft space (Blog-> Drafts) and won't be published until you edit the post and update the post date.
Writing a review can be tricky, it requires practice, practice, practice. So don't hold your horses - read& write! What is your book review writing drill? Share your writing tips in the comment section below.
Curious how others are doing? To view recently reviewed books on BookLikes, go to the book catalog page (menu->Book catalog) and click the book cover to be moved to the book page with the BookLikes community review list.
BookLikes blogger form Spooky's House Of Books asked 11 questions about the ways you read and we could not share. We'd love to know!
Here's a list of questions, please copy them and add a reading habit tag to the post so we could find and share it :-)
BookLikes decided to take part too. Have a look at the reading habits of Kate, the community manager & support:
1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading: Not really, I love to ready anyplace although recently it mostly happens in the bedroom.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? I love bookmarks and collect them, it's my a must have souvenir from my travels. But I love them so much that I'm afraid of using them so I use all kind of stuff as the replacements. Recently I've read that "keeping nice things, as opposed to using them, takes away some of the specialness of the object. By using something, you give it even more value than you do allowing it to collect dust on a shelf or in a basket". So I may consider changing this habit.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages? I usually stop when my eyes close.
4. Do you eat or drink while read? Yes, I do. A book and a cup of coffee is a perfect couple. Sometimes I read with a mug of green tea. With snacks rather than a full meal.
5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading? I used to read like that but now I appreciate the silence while reading.
6. One book at a time or several at once? One at a time. Whenever I start several books at once I rarely finish any.
7. Reading at home or everywhere? Definitely everywhere. I always carry a book or an e-reader in my bag.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently unless I read to my baby boy.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? It may sound weird but I even sneak peek at the end of the book. I cannot resits! Sometimes I just cannot wait to see what's gonna happen.
10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new? None of my books looks like new.
11. Do you write in your books? If it's a paper edition and I find a quote I love or I need to add a note, then yes. I have a liberal attitude to books, I love reading them but I don't consider them sacred. I also add a lot of highlights and notes to my e-reads.
And what are your reading habits?
We always knew that BookLikes community is special. It's not different now. BookLikes blogger Murder by Death has created a support group to help newbies and regular BookLikes bloggers take the best advantage of BookLikes. The group is called How to BookLikes and it's very open waiting to be explored. We would also like to draw your attention to several other discussion rooms which may come in handy when hanging on BookLikes.
To be part of the following groups click the button, join and say hello.
Intro: This is a group created to help BookLikers get the most out of BookLikes. Tips on adding books and editing books, using your shelves efficiently and customising your blogs will be gathered here for easy reference. Threads will be available to ask questions and get answers from the wider community...
Several more groups to join:
The home of the bookish box swap! Send a box filled with book related goodies, and receive one in return!
Find new people to follow, let new people to find you. This group is dedicated to finding new people to interact on Booklikes. Let's keep the discussion sections in minim, clean and readable. Ideas, suggestions should be directed to Think Thank- discussion. This is a group for everyone and anyone. This is a result of good community and great teamwork. Let's connect.
A place for Booklikes Bingo updates and other outreach to the wider booklikes community!
A place where BookLikes Librarians can work together, talk, discuss, share ideas how to improve BookLikes and the BookLikes book catalog. Welcome BookLikes Librarians! :-)
If you wish join BookLikes Librarians team, request a membership.
It’s time to get serious in 2017! Forget about I’ll-finish-later books on your nightstands and TBR shelf with untouched classics. Forget about the excuses, the dog can take itself for a walk, delegate the house works to other family members. This year it’s all about You! Give yourself a me time with a new year reading resolution.
Don’t know where to start? Well, here comes BookLikes with a 2017 reading challenge which will help you keep the reading going.
Take the challenge and set your own reading goal here:
Tips to keep your reading going:
You can find more BL tips in our previous posts:
If you need book inspirations, read BookLikes bloggers goals:
We want to know what are your 2017 reading plans! Please add your reading challenge posts in the comment sections below. Any reading tips are also welcomed :)
Hi all BookLikes bloggers, we wanted to let you know that the site performance is still under review and more server works are planned. We sincerely apologize for the temporary inconvenience.
We're terribly sorry for the ongoing situation and the site interruptions, updates regarding the issues will be posted in the comment section below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please mail Kate (email@example.com) and we'll do all to help and support.
Let's wave good bye to the old 2016 and look forward to the fresh and new 2017.
Let's start this New Year with the promises and acts of the awaited improvements, new plans, positive outcomes and good solutions. And more books books books for all, of course.
All the best, BookLikers! <3
It's hight time to sum up the passing year with some bookish thoughts. Let's have a look at some of the reading overviews prepared by BookLikes bloggers.
This was a given. I loved this series, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue was my favorite book of 2014. If The Raven King had been written in 2015, then it would have been my favorite book of 2015. But the publication date got pushed back a year, so it became my favorite book of 2016... continue reading and see all top books
We’re kicking off the week with the best books we’ve read in 2016. These are books that don’t have to have been released in 2016, only read in 2016... continue reading and see all top books
I had these books sitting on my TBR list for like FOREVER. So one day, I decided to finally read it, get it over with and cross it off my list. But boy, what an unexpected surprise this series turned out to be... continue reading and see all top books
Yep, it's that time of year again and I'm looking back at the best things I've read this year - let's try and do this in categories, shall we?
Science fiction: We started the year off with Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor, a first contact novel set in Nigeria, before what might be a real contender for next year's Best Novel Hugo, the wonderful Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. The other book which is a contender, though I know it's unlikely a middle book in a trilogy will pick up that prize, was the awesome The Obelisk Gate ... continue reading and see all top books
Here are my top 5 novellas of the year. This was the toughest category for me this year. I read a ton of excellent novellas, so it was difficult to whittle this list down to the top 5, but I finally did it... continue reading and see all top books
And how did you do in 2016?
Feel free to add links to your 2016 in Books posts in the comment section below.
We wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming 2017 :-)