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So many activities, so little time. There are times when you don’t have time or possibility to blog and stay active on all your platforms and social media. Your preferences also matters, for example you love your BookLikes webpage but you have a second blog on other platform you got used to and don’t want to get rid of it. Now you can connect your two blogs and publish on both. Don’t forget you can take advantage of other synchronization on BookLikes: with your social media, your Goodreads account and Kindle e-reader.
If you have a Blogger blog and would like to share your posts on BookLikes and Blogger this new synchronization feature is for you! To make it easier we’ve prepared a special option which allows you to synchronize your blogs and post to your BookLikes and Blogger with one click. Here’s how.
7 Steps to Synchronize your Blogger blog with your BookLikes webpage
(BookLikes -> Blogger)
1. Go to your Blogger blog’s Settings. Choose Mobile and e-mail tab.
2. Fill up the blogger e-mail address. Add secret/unique words in this address and choose Publish immediately if you wish to publish a blog post online.
3. Save Settings in your Blogger blog’s Settings.
4. Go to your BookLikes Settings/Blog and add the blogger address. This is really crucial as the ability to cross post depends on it. Make sure to add the same e-mail address as the one in your Blogger’s settings. Thanks to this secret e-mail you’ll be able to post from BookLikes to your Blogger blog.
5. Save Settings in your BookLikes Settings.
6. Write a post and mark Blogger icon (green = active) to publish the post and review on both of your blogs.
7. Post your text, it will be published on BookLikes and Blogger.
Your BookLikes blog post title will be your post's title on the Blogger blog. The text will be cross posted including the images and links. Some basic formatting should be also applied to your Blogger post automatically, including rating stars. Bare in mind, however, that some differences in the post’s look can happen because of different blog themes and synchronization restrictions. Some minor delays may also occur.
Synchronizations with other platforms are in progress.
Do you remember about other synchronizations on BookLikes?
BookLikes and Your Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)
You can cross post links to your texts to your Facebook and Twitter profiles by connecting your social media profiles in Settings and activating social icons in the writing box (green = active).
BookLikes and Your Goodreads
You can also synchronize your Goodreads and BookLikes accounts. The sync can be switched on in Settings/Import -- when connecting open your Goodreads page in the second tab and authorize the app, only then the synchronization will be switched on.
BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization allows you to update your shelf, post reviews, add ratings and shelves. The synchronization works one way from BookLikes TO Goodreads, this means that when you add a book to your BookLikes shelf, post a reviews on your BL blog, add/edit rating starts or add a new shelf all those activities will be mirrored on your Goodreads account.
The BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization works only one way and cannot be performed for your past activities.
Goodreads synchronization is a different mechanism than book import of a csv file from Goodreads. We recommend switching on the BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization after the book import is completed.
BookLikes and Your Kindle
The synchronization with your Kindle lets you post your reading progress updated on your BookLikes blog straight from your Kindle. Switch on the connection in Settings/General -- first connect your twitter account and switch on the Kindle synchronization.
To post on BookLikes via the Kindle follow the schemes "...%" or "...% and your comment".
Have a look at the examples:
* If you write and share percent only, e.g.: 10% on your Twitter from your Kindle, your book progress will be updated on your BookLikes Shelf.
** If you write and share percent and your comment, e.g.: 10% so far I love it! on your Twitter from your Kindle, your book progress will be updated on your BookLikes Shelf and a post with "Reading progress updated" and your comment will be published on your BookLikes blog.
Today is Tolkien Reading Day!
This special day has been launched by the Tolkien Society in 2003 and is held annually on 25th March. Tolkien Reading Day's mission is to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite works.
What will you be reading today?
10 Interesting Facts About J.R.R. Tolkien
1. Full name of J.R.R. Tolkien is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (pron.: Tol-keen; equal stress on both syllables), Ronald to family and friends. His surname is of German origin and meas foolishly brave, or stupidly clever - sometimes he used the pseudonym Oxymore which refer to the name's origin.
2. Tolkien was born in South Africa where he was kidnapped. When being a toddler in South Africa Tolkien has been "kidnapped" by one of the African servants. The servant thought Tolkien was a cute and a beautiful child and he wanted to show a toddler to his family. Tolkien was returned to his family next day. Tolkien grew up in England where he, his mother and brother moved when he was four.
3. One of the vivid memory from South Africa was a huge hairy spider that bit Tolkien when he was a child, this experience could be an inspiration for deadly spiders in his later writing.
Image via Tolkien Gateway
4. Tolkien was talented for languages. He mastered Latin, Greek, Gothic, Welsh, Finnish... It is said he knew over 30 languages and created several of his own.
Image via Tolkien Gateway
5. The character of Gandalf was inspired by "Berggeist" (mountain spirit) created by the German artist Josef Madelener. The postcard with the illustration of an old man in a strange hat was spotted by Tolkien in Switzerland in 1911 during a student trip.
6. In 1920s Tolkien co-founded the Viking Club - the society where he, his professor colleagues and students read old Norse sagas, translate them into Old English and Gothic, entertained and drink beer.
7. Tolkien wrote illustrated letters to his children as if from Santa Clause. This resulted in The Father Christmas Letters published in 1976.
Images via Letters of Note
8. The first sentence of Hobbit was invented by Tolkien while grading student's papers. When he spotted a blank page where and answer to a question should have been provided he wrote "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" as an impulse.
Images via Tolkien Gateway
9. Middle-earth comes from the Old English language middangeard what was an ancient expression for the everyday world between Heaven and Hell.
10. Hobbit was published thanks to a 10 year old boy's review, the publisher's son, who convinced his father that the story was good enough for children aged 5 and 9.
We're extremely happy to see that BookLikes community is growing so fast. BookLikes has became a hub for book lovers from all around the world showing that the passion for reading and reviewing bonds and creates close relationships, and is perfect for global community.
We've launched the redesigned BookLikes to public in 2013, introduced nearly 100 Thursday releases since then and gathered tens of thousands members, growing every week. We're blown away with this success (!) but this remarkable achievement couldn't have been done without you: readers, reviewers, bloggers, authors and publishers -- thanks to your engagement we're developing and improving on daily basis making BookLikes the best place for all book lovers. Your satisfaction is the ultimate measure of BookLikes' performance and a sign of fulfilled expectations and trust. This success is also your success!
This incredible growth brought big smiles on the BookLikes Team's faces and was a trigger to perform big changes. For your convenience we're moving to brand new high performance servers which are bigger, faster and will ensure further development and growth of BookLikes. They will also allow us to work better with a growing number of the community -- so hands on keyboards and prepare the invitations -- we're ready to welcome all your friends and family on BookLikes :-)
The server relocation is a complex process which needs time, for this reason BookLikes will be down for maintenance on Thursday. We'll make the process as fast as possible, however, the move can take up to 9 hours as it's a serious undertaking and needs to be performed with the utmost caution and attention.
The maintenance will start at 5:30 am UTC on Thursday 26 March, 2015. Please remember that this time will vary to your time zones.
All your shelves, books, reviews, posts and webpages will be safe and secure, they will be alive on new servers on Thursday afternoon/evening. Thursday will be a special day of dual release: new server's performance and new Thursday feature. We're looking forward to both of these!
Thank you for being with us :-)
A man's bookcase will tell you everything
you'll ever need to know about him.
Bookshelf is a special place for a book lover. It's a place where one loves to hang around, relax, plan but also challenge oneself, research, analyze and organize. Now you can personalize your bookshelf on BookLikes with new options in your shelf table view.
Here's what to do to know more about books you read and shelve.
Your table view has received new options which can be viewed in bookshelf settings.
Here you can choose how your shelf table view should look like, you can select new columns, hide and show book information and stick to the data you need the most.
Here are the new options of your shelf table view, all columns are optional and can be edited any time in your shelf settings.
The new columns will be added to your shelf table view. You can change the layout of the table view anytime.
These new options are available only in your admin view, no changes will be added to your shelf on your public blog.
Those of you who don't remember all the shelf features please have a look at our post Your Shelf from A to Z where we share and describe the bookshelf features in the cover and table view.
It's Friday the 13th! Again! It's perfect time to remind you good luck black cats :)
Whether you believe in Friday 13th bad luck or not, we wish you all the best and all the luck. Btw, we think the superstition about the bad luck black cats was made up by the white cats' gang. Just look at those pics!
Stamp your feet via Lenore on BookLikes
Reading lesson via Lenore on BookLikes
The Sleepyhead via Tina Sandevska on BookLikes
Smart one via
Just sitting via
and sitting via
and still sitting via
Come, sit by via
Mark Twain’s vintage cat Bambino via
Lucky 13 via
Comma cat via Tina Sandevska on BookLikes
And if you wish to read some cat books have a look at the collection of several reads featuring cats found by Kagama -The Literaturevixen.
Happy Friday the 13th and good luck! ;-)
P.S. Watch out! Zombie kittens are waiting.
furry zombies via Musings of NerdyNatasha on BookLikes
Originally posted on BookLikes Blog: December 13, 2013, updated June 13, 2014.
Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66. He will be very much missed but not forgotten. Have a look at some of Terry Pratchett's most inspirational quotes - fill up your mind with writer's words and your shelves with his incredible books.
“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and
identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back
and look at the forest.”
We're looking at the forest now. Today's Thursday release brings several updates concerning some of the options on BookLikes. The updates include reading lists, notifications and book clubs.
When creating a reading list you can add a comment to each book.
It can be a short summary, your commentary concerning the plot, author, book order, information why you've picked this particular title or any other news you wish to share with the community. The comment will be published next to the book and will constitute a nice complement to the list making it a full package.
Notifications in Discussion Groups
We've also introduced a new way of selecting notifications in the discussion groups. Here are the options:
(1) notifications - new discussions: all / notifications only / none
(2) notifications - all posts in all discussions: yes / manual (NEW)
Here are the notification options:
all = e-mail and notification on BookLikes
notifications only = only notifications on BookLikes
none = no e-mails, no notifications
The new option marked with (2) will allow you to make a choice for all discussions in a given group, this means you don't have to enter each discussion any more, you can select a notification option for all discussion with two clicks on the main page of the group. This is optional, you can still choose different notification options for your discussions by choosing a manual way of setting them.
If you choose Yes for all posts from all discussions (2) this means you'll receive the notification from all discussions in this group. You can choose what kind of notification you'd like to receive: all / notifications / none.
If you choose all, you'll receive email and notification about all posts from all discussions in a group.
If you choose notifications only, you'll receive only notification about all posts from all discussions in a group.
If you choose none, you won't receive any notification from any of the discussion. You'll be still a member of the discussion and group.
If you choose manual for all posts from all discussions (2) this means you can choose notification options in particular discussions.
To choose a notification option, enter the discussion and select the option on the top.
Now all groups' member are set for the manual notifications choice, all you notification options stay as they were and as you've chosen. If you wish to make a change, go to the groups you're a member to make a change.
What's New on BookLikes?
Thursday releases are weekly features and we don't want you to miss anything on BookLikes, especially when the updates are crucial for the service use or introduce new options. To keep you updated you'll receive a notification on Thursdays about new features introduced on BookLikes.
Book Club Updates
Book clubs received several updates:
Book club's admins can invite members to join the book club.
You can share your book club and invite your book friends to join - the main pages of the book clubs received social share buttons.
What are top reasons to join the book club? First of all they motivate readers to read more, it's usually one or two extra books in a month. In the book club you'll discover new genres and books you wouldn't otherwise read. The best book is the one which evokes emotions and discussions, after exchanging the views with other readers, you'll have a feeling you understand the book much better. Finally, book clubs are great to make and keep friends, after all, the discussions aren't only about books. That's how a friendship among books is born.
Convinced to love book clubs? We bet you are! Now it's high time to create and join a book club on BookLikes.
The main menu has received a new spot - Book Clubs. The main page is adjusted to your language version and presents book clubs set in this language.
To set up your own book club, choose Book Clubs from the main menu and press Create a Book Club. Then fill up a blog club's name, description, your book club's logo, personalized background and rules. You can also decide whether the club should be private or public.
Book Club works the best when you schedule the reads for the upcoming weeks and months. When you add a next read, a book club page will present the currently reading book with the reading dates and members who joined. When you hover over the member's name, you'll see more information about this reader, including his/her reading progress.
The book club page has also a Club tab (with club information, here the admin can edit the club info), list of members tab, previous and next books (if selected).
With the Book Club the Discussion room is created. Discussions are linked with the book club and are visible on the book club page along with posts and reviews published by the book club's members.
You can also enter the book club from the discussion room.
It's enough to manage all books and reading schedules on your Book Club page - the discussions in the discussion group will be created automatically. Each new discussion will present a new challenge - a book you've selected to read in the book club in a given week or month. The main page of the book club will present the most recent title and it's reading session or discussion time.
The first Book Club is already on BookLikes. [PL] DKK was created by Polish members and has already completed the first reading and discussion session. It was great!
Hint: If you'd like to convert your discussion room into a book club, let us know at email@example.com
More book club's features are coming soon, of course :)
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.