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Editing ain't easy. Sometimes a typo occurs or a new thought is born and you feel it will fit better the review, then you edit. Now you can enter the edit mode not only from your admin view but also your public blog.
If you notice that some words should be rephrased or other formatting would work better in your text while browsing your BookLikes webpage, click the edit icon in the upper right corner to go to the edit mode.
Make the correction and click Save. Your post will be updated.
There are several other places where you can edit your posts:
1. Admin view (the one when you log into) - choose Blog from the main menu and use the search boxes on the right to find a specific blog post. You can search via post title, book title, tags.
2. Shelf - choose Shelf from the main menu, switch to the table view, find a book and click edit in the review column. You can stick to Reviewed shelf to make the search easier or use the shelf search box to find a right book.
Showing your reading plans and challenges is great and can motivate other readers and your friends. Your Reading Challenge page has just received social share buttons so when you update your reading challenge books you can share the news with your online community.
To enter your reading challenge page, click the Reading Challenge headline on the Dashboard or choose Apps/Reading Challenges in the main menu.
Remember to add the read dates to books you finished reading to make them count to your challenge.
When one has read a book, I think there is nothing so nice as discussing it with some one else - even though it sometimes produces rather fierce arguments.
Discussing books and reviews is awesome. Sometimes, however, you wish to stay inside of your friends' circle and now you can. The updated option for comments allow you to choose who can stay inside your circle and comment on your blog. We've also retouched the compare books option - now you can compare books on BookLikes' members blogs and share the news with your friends.
The new comment options can be found in Settings/Blogs, in response to you requests we've added new comment possibilities. Now you can choose from the following:
facebook comments (to add the FB comment box connect your Facebook account in Settings first)
You can choose the options as you wish, tick the boxes that will work best for your blog. Remember to Save the changes in Settings.
We've also retouched the Compare books option - now it can be found on a public blog of any BookLikes member. You can also go directly to the compare books page - choose Apps/Compare books from the main menu.
If you wish to compare the books simply click the chart icon in the upper right corner on the blog page and you'll see how many books in common the both of you have.
The comparison includes books, ratings, book categories, and reviews. You can also share the news with your friends with the social share buttons.
Now when you set your books with a currently reading status the start reading date will be set automatically to today's date.
When you finish the book, click Finished! on your Dashboard - the finished reading date will be set automatically to today's date. Books with filled up reading dates are added to your reading challenge.
You can update the dates any time in the book popup by using +Shelf advanced options or in your Shelf table view.
Romance is one of the most popular literary genre. 84% of romance book buyers are women who choose contemporary and historical romances as their top picks. The majority of romance readers prefer paper copies than e-books and love discussing the plot with their friends and other readers.* Romance books are also highly popular among book lovers' community on BookLikes.
We've looked through the book bloggers' bookshelves and picked top 12 romance books. The following infographics includes most read and shelved titles by book bloggers on BookLikes. Scroll down to find the blogs and book reviews.
Happy Valentine's Day to all book lovers! ♥
The Great Gatsby
Romeo and Juliet
Fifty Shades of Grey
Anna And The French Kiss
I obviously loveeeeeed this book! I reread it last year (or was it two years?) and I forgot so many things! These were the things I forgot and now loved:... read more
Pride and Prejudice
Gone with the Wind
My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.
Books are topics of passionate discussions among book lovers. And it's even more fun to discuss the full reading lists. Now you can add your comments to the reading lists on BookLikes to show the appreciation or enrich the list with your book recommendations.
The comment box is visible below the reading list. The notifications will be sent to the discussion's participants.
Each blogger can decide whether to switch on or off the comment section when you're adding a new list or when editing the one that is already published.
LAST-MINUTE UPDATE: Form now on you'll also receive the notification when someone signs up to the list, shelves the books or likes your list.
Happy Fat Thursday!
We wish you a lovely reading time by a cup of hot tea and a plate full of donuts! If you don't like sweets, we have an alternative recipe perfect for book lovers.
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.
BookLikes book catalog is like online library. You can search books and authors any time, and now, any place - the header with a menu and a search box will follow you and stay fixed to the top.
If you experience the urgent need of finding a given title while browsing reviews on your Dashboard, you'll have fun with a new header - now you can use the search box without the necessity of going up and losing your reading position on your Dash.
The BookLikes header received a fixed top position and will follow your fingertips and eyes staying close enough to help you out when you feel the need to move to another BookLikes place or use the search box.
The fixed position of the header can be switch off in Settings/General.
Add your social profile links
Now you can add more links to your social profile in the customization tab. Apart from default social profiles (Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Goodreads), you can add more links to you other webpages or new social platforms you're using and want to share with your blog guests.
- choosing your blog title
- adding short bio
- adding your widgets
- adjusting the blog layout
- choosing new blog design
- adding your social profile links.
To add more profile links click add next profile, insert the URL and write a title.
Remember to save all your changes and updates to make them visible on your BookLikes webpage.
This new option is available for blog themes where the HTML has't been edited.
Polish book bloggers on BookLikes can benefit from links to Polish bookstores. Book pages of Polish books received links to Polish bookshops.
How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous.
We're fans of the traditional letters but we're also fans of fast and comfortable solutions. Now you can send messages to BookLikes members and receive letters from your friends on BookLikes.
Your blogs has received a send option which is visible in the upper right corner on your public webpage.
The envelope icon will take you to the messages page with filled up addressee field so if you wish to contact the blogger all you have to do it to add your message and hit send.
The messages settings has been renewed and new options have been added. Now you can choose from four options from whom you want to receive messages:
3. all BookLikes members
4. no one
To see new options, go to the Messages Page and select the options that best suits you. To view your messages page, click the notification square and choose Messages:
To choose your Messages options, click the Settings icon on the right. You will receive the messages according to your messages preferences.
If you wish to send a message to a person who doesn't allow messages, you'll receive a notifications.
Your reading challenges will be mentioned on your Dashboard and your blog's Timeline.
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.
Edward P. Morgan
Finding the book you're looking for is THE thing in the book lovers' world, right? Now we make it easier on BookLikes.
Some updates were introduced to the search box on BookLikes. Now you can go to the author page from any place on BookLikes. You can also sort the books on the search page to find the titles with the highest rating or in the alphabetical order.
When searching books by a given author in the search box at the top, insert the author name and press enter to go to the search page where you'll view new sort options.
With the sorting hints you'll be able to find the most popular titles, books with the highest ratings and the book list in the alphabetical order.
All titles and author names are clickable, you're able to move to the author page any time from any place on BookLikes.
The author page also presents the book sorting options which will help you to scan the book list in the preferable order.
I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.
Welcome New Year, welcome new book goals! It's high time to pick your reading challenge for 2015 and share your reading plans. Now your Reading Challenge will be added to your blog on BookLikes.
To start your Reading Challenge go to Goodies / Reading Challenge tab and set your goal for this year. We've decided to go for 24 books in 2015, we start carefully but we can increase the number of books any time ;)
Once you start your reading challenge the link to your reading challenge page will be added to your blog's menu. Thanks to the new page your blog guest will find and look through your books read in 2015, view your rating and reviews. It's a great way to find new reads and recommendations, and for you it's another way to show your reading performance and share your reading lists.
Your reading challenge page presents your reading history for a given year with a full book list with links to your reviews on your blog.
You can personalize the title for your Reading Challenge link in Settings/Pages. Settings/Pages is the place where you can add your additional pages and/or links to your blog. You can add as many new pages as you wish, you can also decide which should go live and visible. You can add, edit and remove your additional pages any time in your Setting/Pages.
The option for new pages is perfect for About Me page, Contact page or links to your other webpages, and reading challenges of course.
For your running reading challenge you can also use a Reading Challenge widget (Goodies/Widgets) that can be added to your webpage on BookLikes or any other. To add the widget, please copy the code and paste it into the Widget Area in the customization tab (Settings/Blog->Customize).
Author edit / Book edit page
We've done two updates to the edit pages:
1. When adding a new book, please insert as many book details as you can find. When you insert a new book which has no ISBN or ASIN, please provide a link to a source; this will help the BookLikes Librarians to verify the book details and complete the missing data.
2. Now you can edit the author's name with one-word author name (e.g. Plato) or pseudonym. Please have in mind that this refers only to one-word names, if the author is listed under the name and surname both of them should be inserted in the appropriate fields.
Thank you all in participating in BookLikes' mystery book packages photo contest! It's time to announce the lucky winners!
The winners are:
Congratulations! We must say we've done a lot of reading by the cup of tea and at the kitchen table during the holiday season too :)
You can view all photos by inserting BookLikes Christmas in the search box and choosing Tags.
P.S. The mystery packages are nearly ready to go so get ready for the blind dates with new books :)
The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him.
Now you can discover which books are the most popular among BookLikes' book bloggers and which get the highest rating. The Author Page on BookLikes received new sorting options. Now you can look through the titles alphabetically, by popularity and by review ratings.
You can choose the new sorting option on the BookLikes' author page. Choose the book order to view titles:
The sorting is visible on main author page and all books page:
To view the reviews, click the book title. You can also sort the reviews by popularity, date of publication or view these added by your friends.
BookLikes Photo Contest - Post a Photo & Win Books
There are two days left to win the mystery boxes from the BookLikes team!
Each BookLikes member has a chance of winning a mysterious package filled up with books and gadgets from the BookLikes Team: we've prepared 2 book packages with Nice Books and Naught Books.
What to do to take part? Post a photo of you with your book/e-reader in a holiday / winter spirit on your BookLikes blog - make sure to add the BookLikes Christmas tag so we could find your photo set. Remember to write a note which book package would you like to get: Nice books or Naughty books. We'll pick 2 winners and the deadline is January 10, 2015. There's no much time left!
Share where are you reading and with whom?
In case you missed the best books lists we're reminding some of the Top Books Lists created by BookLikes book bloggers. Let's see which book were the most popular among BookLikes' book bloggers in 2014.
First the authors that each had two books on my list:
The Cormorant and Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory. This was my favorite author discovery of the year and The Cormorant my favorite book. Mr. Gregory is an author of stunning prose and originality. I will faithfully purchase whatever books he puts out for the rest of my life. (A big thank you goes out to Valancourt Books for this discovery!)... read more & see all top books
Not everything on this list was published this year. Not everything on this list will be to your liking. I'm not doing a Worst Of List this year, because who needs all that negativity, really? You can click on the title of each book to read my review. If you would like a rundown of all the books... read more & see all top books
Here are my top 12 non-fiction reads of 2014, covering health, politics and feminism... read more & see all top books
Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa. To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation... read more & see all top books
I adore Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance. I adore it so much I feel like a a plate spinner at a middle school talent show just trying to keep up with all my series and the new good stuff. I know I missed a lot of great reads from new to me authors and ones for which I have long standing love. I hope to catch up next year. Here are my best Paranormal Romance Reads of 2014... read more & see all top books
In the world of Jessica, five star ratings are not given lightly. I'm lucky if I find one or two books a month that really blow me away, and make my "I'm going to shout love for this to the ends of the Earth" list. This year I devoured 200 books and, of those, only 29 made the cut. Out of those, I've chosen a few to highlight. Let's take a look, shall we?... read more & see all top books
I stopped at 10 and I tried to stay away from series because well that would have created a whole other problem as in a really, really long list. I read a lot of books in 2014 that I really, really loved. I started out thinking that I could make myself pick just one and in my mind one quickly became 5 and 2 books into this list 5 became 10. So this is where I make myself stop... read more & see all top books
So, in total for this year, I've read 168 books (maybe slightly more because there were some I didn't mark, but I know it was less than 200), which is way, way less than my total from 2012 (which was 365 books), and far less than the goal I set for myself this year (450)... read more & see all top books
You should never judge a book by its cover, but it happens. This year I bought lots of books with beautiful covers, but unfortunately only read few with covers that I would label as doable... read more & see all top books
I've been enjoying everyone's end of year summings up (in various fun forms) and thinking on making one of my own - and I couldn't quite come up with a way to rank anything. Which is I suppose what happens when you end up reading a variety of random things. Anyway, there's no order to this - except I have a particular fondness for the first book mentioned. History wins out this year, which isn't always the case... read more & see all top books
As I was going through my read book list, I realized that this year kind of sucked for reading for me. The few that I loved, I really really loved though, so I guess that is something. I did kind of cheat because I added Geek Love even though I'm not quite done. When you know, you know though... read more & see all top book
As I near my 200 book goal I want to share with you my top books of this past year. I've read many not so great books but have also found some new favorites. I also started listening to audiobooks, several of my favorites are because I listened to them. These are in no particular order (except maybe the first one). Enjoy... read more & see all top books
As it stands, it isn't easy to narrow 150 books down to a Top Ten list. And so I chose to re-format my list just a little bit. I also needed to account for the fact that I like Young Adult novels differently than I like Adult and non-YA novels--Yes, there is a difference in how I perceive a book dependent on target audience. Without further ado, and in no particular order... read more & see all top books
Keep in mind that by “favorite”, I mean this list is very subjective. In looking back, these are the ones that I enjoyed the most even though I read a lot of very good books this year... read more & see all favorite books
I read about 50 books for 2014, which is a huge drop from my typical year (almost by half!). Pregnancy, and the resulting baby, are to blame, and while I'm a little disappointed, the aforementioned baby -- our Little Reader -- is so frickin' cute, I kind of can't care. I still walked away with some stellar reads for 2014, and once again, had a challenging time identifying the top ten of this year. In the end, I picked the books I still talk about obsessively, that I purchased (for myself and/or others), and that I want to reread or force others to read... read more & see all top books
Part 1: My 2014 reading year was much better than my 2013 reading year. Not in volume, because I read about the same number of books. But In quality. In 2013 I had a massive reading slump and was down 75% in my total reading for the year as compared to 2012. Nothing seemed to work for me past a few strong installments in long running series and couple of new-to-authors that came out strong. In contrast, 2014 started out strong... read more & see all top books
Part 2: So as I look over my reads this year and compare them to the physical books I've amassed over the last 30-ish years on my shelves, I am struck by the difference in page lengths. Which in a round-about way brings me to this segment of my Best of 2014.The Overachievers are the two authors whose works this year was so good that I had to include two of their books in my top ten. A rarity for me... read more & see all top books
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If we haven't included you top list, share it or add a link to your blog post in the comments box below.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
Favorite book authors become readers' best friends - we get back to them in happy and hard times, we appreciate their words and love their works. Now you can show your best authors with Author Widget on your blog.
New Author Widget is available in the Goodies tab. Select the author by inserting his/her name or author's ID, add widget's title and choose the number of books. Your author widget is ready.
If the author is a BookLikes Author, the widget will also reveal author's blog on BookLikes.
It's a great way of presenting your favorite writers and supporting authors whose works you love reading.
To add widget to your BookLikes blog copy the widget code and paste it in the personalization tab in the Widget Area. Remember to Save in the personalization tab.
The book pop up has just receive a new book information: a series name. Now when browsing the books on Dashboard or on other reader's shelves you'll get a note whether the book is a part of the series and which position in series it holds.
Where have you been reading this holiday? Where are you reading now?
Do you remember about BookLikes photo contest? Each BookLikes member has a chance of winning a mysterious package filled up with books and gadgets from the BookLikes Team: we've prepared 2 book packages with Nice Books and Naught Books.
What to do to take part? It's easy. Post a photo of you with your book/e-reader in a holiday / winter spirit on your BookLikes blog - make sure to add the BookLikes Christmas tag so we could find your photo set.
Remember to write a note which book package would you like to get: Nice books or Naughty books. We'll pick 2 winners and the deadline is January 10, 2015.
Ready, Set, Go! If you need some photo inspirations, here are BookLikes' shots.
Reading happens under the Christmas tree.
Reading happens by the tea.
Reading happens when the moon is rising.
Christmas is the most magical time of year. You can also feel the magic on BookLikes and switch on the winter mode on your Dashboard with the Snowman icon - click it to make it snow :-)
Due to Christmas time we're postponing Thursday release until the first day of January. But don't go far -- we do have a special holiday treat for you :-)
We've prepared two surprise packages filled up with books and gadgets: one is called Nice Books, and the other Naught Books -- this is a blind Christmas book date so you have to trust us and rely on our literary taste :-)
So, who wants them?
If you're nodding your head and saying loud "Yes!" you're in!
This is what you have to do: post a photo of you with your book/e-reader in a holiday spirit on your BookLikes blog - make sure to add the BookLikes Christmas tag so we could find your photo set.
And remember to write a note which book package would you like to get: Nice books or Naughty books. Be creative: dress up, climb the tree, build a cozy reading room igloo, make a ski reading slide... go crazy!
Can't wait to see your Christmas book inspired photos! We'll pick 2 winners and the deadline is January 10, 2015.
And this is a cozy one took by one of BookLikes' teammates :-)
May this holiday season sparkle and shine. Let’s share the magic with each other this entire season and in the new year. May all your wishes and dreams come true and may you feel this happiness all year round. Best wishes to all of you!
Finding a right reading lists couldn't be easier with the list search and tags. Warning: this can profoundly affect your Planning to read shelf. But who cares, the best bookshelf is the full bookshelf!
The list of Reading lists on BookLikes is growing and to help you find a perfect literary guide we've added possibility to tag a list and search a list with the book category, tag, the list name and the book title.
When you're creating a reading list, you can add a book genre or genres and tag it to help other book readers find it. If you've already created some reading lists don't worry - you can add categories and tags any time. Just edit your lists and add appropriate categories. Make sure that the category and tags correspond to the reading list character and books attached.
Tags and categories will be visible on the main Reading Lists page and when you enter a given list. Tags and categories are clickable.
The categories and tags will help you find a reading list within a genres you enjoy. You can search through the lists with the book category, tag name or the list name.
If you'd like to check which list your favorite book has been added to, search with the book title.
Now you can customize the new releases added by the BookLikes team. If you notice a new event on your Dashboard added by BookLikes, you can go to a release page and customize the book release page.
Check the book releases by day. You can check new books by day in the Book Release Calendar - go to a calendar view and click the day to see the new release list.
There isn't a better gift than a book. Oh wait, there is! A free book. Now the Giveaway section has received new sorting options: book categories, dates and number of copies which will help you successfully track your perfect book match.
How to choose the right book? Look through the Giveaways on BookLikes and use one or all of our new sort options: choose your favorite genre, check which Giveaways end soon and which book is the most accessible with the biggest number of copies.
Don't forget to choose a book format and check the availability for your country. To make the best fit select all sort options:
Search the author with the author's ID
If you've noticed that a book is missing an author or is assigned to a wrong author, and you know where the right author's page is, you can easily make the change. Now in the book edit mode you can search the author via author's ID. Author's ID is a number at the end of the address of the author's page, e.g.: http://booklikes.com/suzanne-collins/author,4193498 - author's ID is 4193498. Thanks to IDs you won't have a problem with duplicate author names.
BookLikes Librarians has just received new tools.
The group of BookLikes Librarians has received tools to combine book editions and merge author pages. If you notice that some books and authors should be combined, let us know via the Report option on the book/author pages.