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text 2017-07-07 13:57
Buddy Read starts today!
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

It's July 7th and this means that the buddy reading for "The Invention of Nature" by Andrea Wulf starts today! Everyone wanting to participate in the read is warm welcome!


You can read more about the book on the book page HERE (or click the cover on the left) and in Jenn's, the buddy read's initiator, post HERE.


Please join the book club hosted by Jenn from Murder by Death to participate in the buddy read and to share your thoughts.


Click HERE to take a tour and join the Book Club for The Invention of Nature.


If you'd like to add a discussion post, look at the discussion threads created for each chapter of the book - they are HERE. Once you join the Book Club the discussion group will become automatically open for you.


Once you're a book club and discussion group member make sure to switch on the notifications on the top of the discussion threads to stay up to date with the book discussions' post.


Click HERE to look at the chapter discussions and join the club.



If you're using Facebook, you can also join the Buddy Read event. Click HERE to view and join the Facebook buddy reading event. To invite more readers, please share the event among your friends and family.




Buddy reading sounds like a lot of fun! Can't wait to see your discussions and reviews!


Happy reading!

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text 2017-06-06 13:55
I'm the one in the corner, reading a book
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts - Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr Seuss, Steve Wozniak - that we owe many of the great contributions to society.


My lovely boss and fellow introvert lent me this book. Our department recently had a two-day team-building exercise (words that strike fear into every introvert's heart) and she and I took many deep breaths and gave a presentation on introverts in the workplace. We showed Susan Cain's TED talk, and oh boy did I relate to what she was talking about.



Now if I could just get the organizers of the next team event to ditch that ridiculous "let's all go round the table and tell everyone a bit about ourselves", I'll be ecstatic.



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text 2017-06-04 13:42
I really have finished it this time
In His Majesty's Service (Temeraire, #1-3) - Naomi Novik

It's amazing how much more sense the opening chapters of book 4 make, when you actually read the final 14% of book 3. Sigh.

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text 2017-05-11 13:26
Favorite, Wishlist, Private -- additional shelving options for your books / ASIN edit issue

Have you noticed additional options for your books on BookLikes? If you've missed these spots, we'll be more than happy to draw your attention to these extra shelving features.


The shelving on BookLikes is split into two parts: the quick shelving (via +Shelf button under each book cover) and the advanced shelving (via +Shelf advanced pop up)



If you wish to mark your book as read/planning/currently on the go, use the quick shelving but if you prefer to add some additional attributes to the title you've encountered, click +Shelf advanced and choose an extra tag for the book.



With the +Shelf advanced pop up you can mark a book as your favorite, add it to your wishlist or make it a private title visible only to you in your admin shelf view.


All off these options are visible on your admin shelf view (menu->shelf) and will appear with the shelf menu on the left .



Marking your books as favorites is a great way of recommending the titles you love. Your blog guests will have an instant look into your reading preferences and genres you're into. We also use the "favorite" tag to mark the e-books we loved so much that we simply had to buy the paper copies :) The wishlist, on the other hand, is perfect for the upcoming titles, books you're anticipating the most and next series installments.


Note: the private shelf stays invisible in your public view (yourusername.booklikes.com/shelf). This means your blog guests won't see what's shelved on this very shelf, they won't even know that the shelf exists.



If you wish to add a text about a book you've marked private, please consider using the private note option to keep your opinion safe and private.


If you're wondering what BookLikes bloggers are shelving on their Favorite and Wishlist tagged shelves, have a look:


Favorite books

Wishlist books


If you've missed our previous post about BookLikes bookshelf features, here's a quick link A-Z ways to arrange your bookshelf->


Happy shelving and shelves exploring!



P.S.  A note from BookLikes Librarian


A post by Jenn from Murder by Death


The ASIN bug - a workaround!

As I mentioned in my last post here there is currently an issue with some Amazon kindle and Audible ASIN numbers being rejected by the BL database.


I might have found a workaround for users (this won't work for librarians directly because our edits don't go through the queue).


If you want to edit an ASIN kindle edition, or Audible audiobook edition and it spits out that dreaded Add correct ASIN, all you have to do is remove the ASIN number completely from the record and save it.


For the Librarians - when you see an edit request that includes removing what looks like a legit ASIN number, check to make sure it's a kindle, and then approve all the changes except the ASIN removal.  It works!  The record will update with all the new details and keep the ASIN number in place.  


Note:  this obviously does not work if you're trying to add an ASIN that BL doesn't like to a record.  That's still broken - but this will at least allow you to edit existing records to add descriptions, page number, etc. without losing the ASIN.

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text 2017-05-04 11:54
5 BookLikes features you didn't know about (or you've forgotten)


Do you know all BookLikes features? Here's a bunch of tips that may come in handy for regular bloggers on BookLikes, as well as for newbies.


1. Top tags - what's trending on BookLikes


The Top tags section can be entered from your Dashboard (menu->Dashboard->Top tags) and your admin Blog (menu->Blog->Top tags on BookLikes).




By entering the section you can check which topics were trending in a given week on BookLikes. Make sure to add tags to your posts to make them count to the top tags overview.



To view the tagged posts just click the tag you're interested with:




2. Grab free e-books


Did you know that we have a free e-books section on BookLikes? Just go to Daily Deals (Menu->Daily deals),choose a Free ebooks tab, and click the category you love to look through hundreds of free books from your favorite genres to download.




3. Fixed header - a menu and a book search always on the top


In the general settings tab (menu->Settings) you'll see a check box with a fixed header position. If you wish to see the menu and a search box always on the top of the page tick the box and Save.





4. Newsletter - language targeted


BookLikes newsletter presents reviews, posts, bloggers and authors adjusted to your BookLikes language selection.


If you've chosen the English language for your BookLikes, the newsletter sent to you will present English posts, reviews and bloggers who have chosen the same language selection. It's the same for other languages: if you've chosen the German language for your BookLikes, the newsletter will present German posts, reviews and bloggers. And if you've chosen the Polish language for your BookLikes, the newsletter will present Polish posts and bloggers.


If you wish to change the newsletter settings and receive the German newsletter instead of the English one, for example, go to general Settings and update the language section.




5. Let other know about your BookLikes


Let your readers know about all your pages and bookish profiles. If you have other blogs and webpages it's recommended to add a link to your BookLikes page (yourusername.booklikes.com). You can find and download the social icons for your BL profile on the Goodies page (menu->Goodies).



Happy blogging!

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