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text 2018-04-12 20:47
What are you reading now? 3 ways to find a new book on BookLikes

 

We're always looking for new books, new authors, new recommended reading. And we're always happy to look at your blogs and shelves, after all, who's better in recommending books than book lovers and bloggers?!

 

Here are three places to find a new book on BookLikes.

 

1. Your Dashboard

 

Your Dashboard is your bookish feed with your friend's reviews and bookshelf updates. Sometimes, however, you may overlook what titles have been picked up by bloggers you're following. Then all you have to do is to hover over the avatar on your Dash and to sneak peek into your friend's currently reading shelf. 

 

 

In order to have new bookish actions and reviews on your Dashboard, follow new bloggers. You can find them via the Book Catalog page (click the book cover and find new reviews on the book pages) and the Book Explore (click the blog title to visit the blog).

To follow new blogs remember to click Follow in the upper right corner once on the blog page. 

 

2. Visit blogs and Timeline 

 

When you visit a new blog page, remember to take a look at the Timeline. It's a graphic representation of the blogger's BookLikes actions and a nice overview of what the person is reading. 

The books with currently reading status are on the top. Click the cover to +Shelf/+Post the book.

 

 

3. Visit blog and book boxes

 

Did you know that all BookLikes blogs present books from the blogger's currently reading shelf? Make sure to search the currently reading boxes in the right or left column (depends on the blog layout) once you visit your friends' blogs. 

 

 

What are you reading now? :)

 

 

Looking for more BookLikes how-to and tutorial posts? Click HERE to view our tutorials and make sure to follow BookLikes blog to view our news on your Dashboard. 

 

P.S. The e-mail notifications are under reviews. We're working to bring them back ASAP. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

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text 2018-04-05 19:46
How to add a book to your bookshelf on BookLikes?

 

BookLikes is not only a blog platform but also your virtual bookshelf! Here are 3 tips on how to add a book to your Shelf on BookLikes.

 

1. Click the book covers

All book cover in the service are clickable. Thais means that once you click on the cover you'll see either a book pop up or you'll be moved to a book page. Both views have +Shelf and +Post options. 

 

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 add a book to your bookshelf, just click the cover and +Shelf it! 

 

Where you can find the book covers to click?

 -  on your Dashboard (this is your book news feed where you see reviews and bookshelf updates from blog you follow on BookLikes)

 - on the Book Catalog page (this is a page where you can check what BL community is reading, searching and shelving

-  on the Reading List page (this is a page where you can view the reading lists created by BookLikers) 

 

2. Visit Blogs and repeat 1) click the book covers

 

Make sure to visit fellow bloggers on BookLikes! The blogs are full of reviews and recommended reading so it's really easy to find new books to shelve! As we mentioned above ALL book covers are clickable. This includes the book cover on the blogs and on the shelves. So when you read BookLikes blogs make sure to click the cover and you'll be moved to a book page where you can use +Shelf to add the title to your shelf. 

 

Murder by Death blog

 

Click +Shelf to view the reading status options

 

Where to find blogs?

 - on the Explore page (this is a page where you can check the most recent reviews published by BookLikes community, click the avatar or the review title to be moved to a blog)

- in the Discussion groups (this is a page where you can join the discussions or create yours, click the blog name or the avatar to be moved to a blog)

 

3. Use the search box and repeat 1) click the cover

Type in the title and author in the search box, click the book and +Shelf

 

 

If the book is not available, please use the ISBN number. If this won't help, consider adding the book manually - click the Add a new book and fill up the new book form.

 

You can also use the Shelve it feature which allows you shelve the books directly from Amazon book pages -- read more about the Shelve it feature HERE

 

 

You may also find these posts helpful:

Shelve it!

Favorite, Wishlist, Private -- additional shelving options for your books

What to do with a new book?

Book titles are tags - finds book reviews and book posts

6 tips for BookLikes newbies

BookLikes How to: book search tips

BookLikes How-to: How to Edit the Book Catalog

BookLikes How-to: Advanced Shelving Options

4 ways to give a shout out to a beloved title

 

Click HERE to read more tutorials about BookLikes features

 

 

Happy shelving!

 

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text 2018-03-22 19:52
Shelve it!

Art by Sara Maceti via source

 

As many of you have noticed the search box is not working properly at the moment. So sorry for this situation! Our team is working on bringing back the search function and the amz.com book links. 

 

The ISBN and ASIN search is under review and therefore finding a specific book edition may be difficult at the moment. The search of title + author should be working fine.

 

If you're experiencing issues finding the right book on BookLikes, please mail Kate@booklikes.com and we'll help right away. 

 

You can also use the Shelve it feature to add the books to your bookshelf directly from Amazon bookstore. At the moment, the Shelve it! works only with Amazon.co.uk but the feature will increase its range to amazon.com shortly. 

 

 

How to use Shelve it? 

 

Log into BookLikes and go to your Shelf (main menu -> Shelf). Drag the Shelve it! icon into your browser's bookmark. 

 

 

Go to amazon.co.uk and search the books.

When on the book page click Shelve it! on the bookmark and the book will be opened on BookLikes -- you can add it to your shelf or write a review on your BL blog. 

 

 

And it's here! Ready to be +Shelved or +Posted. 

 

Happy shelving! 

 

 

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text 2018-03-15 18:06
Librarians advise: How to change editions on your bookshelf

 

We can always count on BookLikes community and useful tips from our Librarains. Jenn from Murder by Death once again shared some handy tips concerning changing editions of books shelves on your BookLikes bookshelf so we've decided to re-post the most important parts. 

 

Keep on shelving and to read a full post visit Jenn's blog.

 

 

... First, to do this you must have the list view of your shelves turned on.

 

Underneath each title is a small "change edition" link:

 

 

Once you click on that, a small search box pops up:

 

 

Ideally, for the shortest possible process, search by ISBN or ASIN if you have it.  You can search by title/author, but you're likely to get the same kind of results you'd get if you used the general search, meaning you'll have to find the book you're looking for amongst many results.

 

 

Once you've done your search and found the book in the results, click on the book cover to see all the available editions you can switch to:

 

 

As noted in the screenshot, the green background indicates the book you currently have shelved. I deliberately chose a book for this post that had very few editions to make it clear how to do this, so in this example, I simply click on the hardcover I want to switch to.

 

Once you find your edition, click the cover.  You'll get an "Are you sure?" message:

 

 

Click ok and wait a few beats ... you'll see your shelf update to reflect the new edition:

 

 

That's it. Super easy unless you're trying to change editions of very popular books. Hopefully adding ISBN/ASIN information to the editions pop-up will happen sooner rather than later.

 

Read the full post on Murder by Death blog: How to change editions

 

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P.S.

Have in mind that the window with other editions will be full only when all editions are combined. If you notice that some titles should be merged, please let us know by using Report option on the book page. 

 

Remember that you can choose a desirable edition of the title on a book page. When you're adding a new book to your shelf, use the upper main search box, click the cover and go to a book page. To view all editions, click Other Editions and look through other formats of the title. 

 

 

 

Also, we'd like to confirm we're working on the search issue using the ISBN numbers and ASINS (not working properly lately) and missing Amazon.com links. 

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text 2018-03-08 06:58
How to change editions

This one is for Linda Hilton - although I hope it will be helpful to everyone.

 

I've put off doing this particular how-to because there's a small but highly annoying flaw in the process at it stands.  It only affects books that have many editions in similar formats though, and I'll point it out when we get there.

 

First, to do this you must have the list view of your shelves turned on.

 

Underneath each title is a small "change edition" link:

 

 

Once you click on that, a small search box pops up:

 

 

Ideally, for the shortest possible process, search by ISBN or ASIN if you have it.  You can search by title/author, but you're likely to get the same kind of results you'd get if you used the general search, meaning you'll have to find the book you're looking for amongst many results.

 

 

Once you've done your search and found the book in the results, click on the book cover to see all the available editions you can switch to:

 

 

As noted in the screenshot, the green background indicates the book you currently have shelved.  I deliberately chose a book for this post that had very few editions to make it clear how to do this, so in this example, I simply click on the hardcover I want to switch to.

 

This is where the flaw comes in:  Imagine doing this for Pride & Prejudice.  LOTS of editions; hundreds, actually.  Notice in the screenshot that the information under each edition does NOT include the ISBN or ASIN number.  Now imagine trying to search through 500+ editions of P&P to find the one you have and being forced to rely on covers, or page numbers - both of which are highly prone to inaccuracy.  I've run into this many times and have had to go through the 'change edition' steps multiple times to find the edition I'm looking for (switching editions / checking the ISBN / not a match / repeat change edition, etc.).

 

BookLikes knows this is a problem and has it on the list of changes planned; I've been told it's even near the top of the list.  

 

Moving on... Once you find your edition, click the cover.  You'll get an "Are you sure?" message:

 

 

Click ok and wait a few beats ... you'll see your shelf update to reflect the new edition:

 

 

That's it.  Super easy unless you're trying to change editions of very popular books.  Hopefully adding ISBN/ASIN information to the editions pop-up will happen sooner rather than later.

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