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text 2017-11-30 21:32
Show your books with widgets / BookLikes know-how

For all those who like to share their reading life, show your recent blog posts, promote the giveaways or popularize the reading lists, we have great news - you can do all of that with BookLikes widgets! Have a look at the collection of our widgets and how they can be customized to show what you love the most - your books and reviews. 

 

 

What are the widgets? 

 

BookLikes provides a service that allows you to share your book collection, your giveaways, your blog post and reviews with your friends, blog readers and fans. The widgets can be added to your BookLikes webpage or any other www website you have, including your other blogs and author pages.

 

Thanks to the widgets you can spread the word about the bookish events you're participating in (giveaways, discussions, currently reading books) and reach more readers. We bet your blog guest would love to see what reading lists you're recommending and how to request your newest book. 

 

 

Where to find BookLikes widgets?

 

BookLikes widgets can be found in the main menu. Please select Goodies from your menu and then go to the Widgets tab where you can view all BookLikes widgets.

 

 

Let's have a look at the widgets and its customization options. 

 

 

The Follow widget

 

This widget lets BookLikes readers follow you the very same moment they click it on your blog page. You'll also show the non-BookLikes readers that you're active in the book lovers and bloggers community. 

 

How to add the Follow widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the Follow widget is the first thing you'll notice. 

 

 

Customize:

- The standard title for this widget is Follow your blog name but if you wish to change that, please do. 

- Decide whether to display your Followers number or now.

- The widget's width and height are auto set and customized to BookLikes templates but you can add your own dimensions if you want it bigger or wider.

 

Add the follow widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on!

 

 

Add the follow widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Shelf widget

 

The shelf widget displays your book collection. You can present the books your love, the titles that you've recently published, books you've just reviewed or your wishlist (who knows, maybe Santa is actually reading the book blogs!).

 

How to add the shelf widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the Shelf widget is just under the Follow widget. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select a title for your widget, e.g. my books, new books, my favorites, pre-order, new releases 

- Choose a shelf style: wood, light, dark -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like

- Select shelf - you can choose from your reading shelves (read, planning to read, currently reading) and your thematic shelves added by you (e.g. mystery books, new releases, my books, 2017 reads)

- Select cover size - small/medium/big -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like

- Sort books - choose how the books should be displayed, you can select from the following: add date, read date, ratings, author and book title

- Choose how many books to show - decide on the total number of books and how many titles in the row should be presented -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like instantly

 

Add the shelf widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the shelf widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Reading challenge widget

 

The reading challenge widget presents how well you're doing in your reading resolution ;) It presents your reading progress and the links takes your blog guest to your reading challenge page where all your books read in a given year are presented with the review links and some reading statistics. 

 

How to add a reading challenge widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the reading challenge widget is number three. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select the year of the challenge -- if you're a long term BookLikes member is very probable you'll have the reading challenges since 2013

- Decide if the year should be visible in the widget title -- the year is always added at the beginning so if you're thinking of a more personalized titles like "My 2017 reading struggles" we recommend switching off the year and writing the full title in the next field

- Write your reading widget title

- Select the widget's size - you can stick to the auto dimensions or add new ones 

 

Add the reading challenge widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading challenge widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Giveaway widget

 

The giveaway widget presents the details of the giveaway you've created: the book title, author, book format, dates when the giveaway is held, number of copies and number of requests. When your readers and guest post click ENTER TO WIN they will be taken to the giveaway page where they can request the book. 

 

How to add the giveaway widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the giveaway widget is number four. 

 

 

Customize:

- Choose a title for your giveaway widget, it will be displayed at the top

- Choose a giveaway -- you'll see a list of the giveaways you've created and this means you can create a giveaway for every book you're giving away on BookLikes

- Select the widget's size - leave it as it is or customize as you wish, the preview will show how the widget will look like

 

Add the giveaway widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the giveaway widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Reading in progress widget

 

The widget presents the title you're currently reading along with your progress in pages/minutes or % depending on the book format and your update. 

 

How to add the reading in progress widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the giveaway widget is number five. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select a title for your widget

- Choose the cover size - small/medium/big - the widget preview will display the cover size of your choice

- Select your book - you can create a widget for all titles on your currently reading shelf

 

Add the reading in progress widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down to the Widget Area spot, paste the code and Save. The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading in progress widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Quote Widget

If you've recently published a quote you adore make it more visible by using the quote widget. You can use the widget on your BookLikes blog page as well as on any other webpage you have.

 

How to add the quote widget?

To create a widget with your most recent quote post go to Goodies/Widgets (the main menu -> Goodies -> Widgets), find the Quote Widget spot, adjust the widget if necessary and copy the code.

 

 

Add the quote widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

The discussions widget

 

No one is better in discussing books than book lovers! The widget with your book talks can support and popularize the book threads you're active at and bring more participants to the discussion groups. The more, the merrier! 

 

How to add the discussions widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), if you've been participating in the discussions recently the widget will be visible just under the Quote widget. 

 

 

Customize:

- Choose a title for your discussion widget

- Select how many discussions you wish to present

- Choose a widget size 

 

Add the discussions widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

My latest posts widget

 

The widget is like a table of content on your blog. It will present up to 20 most recent posts from your blog with titles and links. Your blog guests will be able to look through your articles, get to know you a little bit better, and choose what to read first.

 

How to add the latest posts widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and find the spot which present your most recent reviews and posts. 

 

 

Customize:

- Write the widget title

- Select the number of posts that should be included (the articles will be selected by the publication date, starting from the most recent one)

- Select the widget's dimensions -- you can make it wider and taller if you wish, the widget preview will show you the actual look

 

Add the latest post widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

My profile widget

 

This widget is a compilation of information about you and your blog stats. Thanks to the profile widget your blog guest can have a closer look at the person behind the reviews and your reading preferences. 

 

How to add the profile widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and find the profile widget with a list of reading and blogging details.

 

 

Customize:

- Select the information to be visible on the widget. If you decide to hide some of the details, the widget preview will be updated and it will present only the selected information. 

 

Add the profile widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you wish to add it to your other webpages, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

The reading lists widget

 

This is another way of recommending the books you enjoy reading. The reading list widget can present the book collections you've created or the lists that you've liked or signed in to on BookLikes. 

 

How to add the reading lists widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and scroll down to the reading lists widget spot. 

 

 

Customize:

- Add the title

- Choose how many lists should be presented, the preview will be adjusted to your choice

Select the lists - you can create a separate widget for 3 types of lists: the lists added by you,  the list you've liked and the lists you've signed in to

- Size

 

Add the reading lists widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading list widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Author widget

 

The author widget is great to tell all the world that you're a fan! If you're an author you can use this widget to present your short bio and your titles along with a link to the author page with all your books and editions. 

 

How to add the author widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and scroll down.

 

 

Customize:

- Search the author using the search bar just at the widget spot

- Write the widget title 

- Select how many books you wish to present

- Widget size 

 

Add the author widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

Social media widgets

 

No matter whether you are a writer, publisher or a book bloggers, it's important to present all possible information about your profession and links to your other webpages and other social platforms. Only then your readers will be able to look through your dossier and get to know you a little bit better.  Read how to add social media widgets to your BookLikes webpage

 

 

Questions? Check out the BookLikes Tutorials, click HERE

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Let us know in the comments below, or write to Kate@booklikes.com :)

 

Happy reading! 

 

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text 2017-11-02 14:03
October books & congratulations to all Halloween Bingo participants!

Only 2 months left to finish your reading challenge!

How did you do in October? 

Halloween Bingo came to an end with a loud applause for all the participates and the game creators, Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue! Bravo, guys! If you've missed the posts and reviews, you can follow the Bingo posts here and to view the participants blogs make sure to check out the Obsidian Blues' post: Halloween Bingo 2017: Bingo Calls! Don't Forget to Report Your Bingos!

 

 

 

Ten months checked. Check out book bloggers' October reading lists and add your  October reading wrap! 

Click the blog headers to go to the blog pages and read more from the fellow bloggers.

 

The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wanSing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn WardBrazen - Katherine LongshoreThe Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

These are my quick early morning thoughts. The Nightingale is an unforgettable story written so well your able to completely immerse yourself in it. I never read the author notes or book club questions, but I read it all. This book took me some time to finish... continue reading

 

You: A Novel - Caroline KepnesThe Upside of Unrequited - Becky AlbertalliDumplin' - Julie MurphyHalloween with the Hunk: A Lumberjack Romance (Holiday Studs Book 1) - Jewel Killian

3 audio books

2 ebooks

1 4 star

2 5 stars

1 3 star

 

Favorite book the upside unrequited... continue reading

 

 

Before I knew it, October was coming to a close.  I feel like it was just a couple days ago that I started reading Bingo books, and posting my first few Halloween Bingo updates.  But September, and then October, seemed to just fly by pretty quickly, and now, here we are, moving into November... continue reading

 

Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis - Paula Lavigne,Mark SchlabachMissoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon KrakauerA Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. MaasAnd Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  

I read 31 books for October... continue reading

 

If you've missed October wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts, and feel invited to read and join :) If we haven't included your post link, let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

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text 2017-10-26 13:46
Blogging about books - additional blog post options

 

BookLikes lets you blog about books in several different ways. As you have noticed there are 5 main post types on BookLikes: Text, Quote, Photo, Video, and URL. The wooden bar with the writing options is always at hand at the top of your Dashboard. 

 

 

We won't focus on the post types today. If you've missed our post where we described different ways to write about books, please go check  6 ways to blog about books post. 


Read the article to know more about different
book blogging options ->

 

Today we'd like to focus on the side bar and the additional options in the right column.

 

 

When you click the Text, Quote, Photo, Video, URL on the wooden bar, you'll be moved to the text editor view with the additional options on the right. The right column stays the same so it doesn't really matter whether you choose to share a text post a video review - the side bar will always look the same.

 

Let's have a closer look at the options it presents.

 

 

Review

This box is a must tick, if you'd like to mark your post as a review. You can also add the rating stars (including the half stars!) but it's an optional. 

 

Important. Please remember that if you don't mark you post as a review it will not be visible on the book page in the community review section. Additionally, if you write a post with a book attached but won't mark it as a review, the book won't appear on your Reviewed shelf. 

 

 

Spoiler: 

Don't ruin the reading pleasure. If your post/review contains any spoilers, please select the spoiler box to warn your readers. The special marker will be added to your post in the Dashboard view and in your blog view.

 


The Dashboard view 

 

The blog view

 

 

Post date

This is your publishing calendar spot. You can select a post date of your choice. If you're publishing at the very same moment when you finish writing it will show "now":

 

 

If you'd like to schedule your post and publish it some other day, please select the date and time. In order to view a calendar click in the field where you see now, then select a day and a preferable publication time:

 

 

When you finish your blog post click the Post button and your piece will be published in accordance with your selected date: 

 

 

 

Source:

Let's be fair and give a proper credit to other readers, writers and bloggers. If you share a content from other webpage, make sure to add the source link. The source link will be added in the footnote of your blog post. 

 

 

 

Custom URL:

Each blog post receives a personal link, it usually contains the post title and it's compatible with the content.

 

 

If the post lacks the title, the URL address may look complex and harder to share on the web: 

 

 

In this situation you can add a custom URL for a specific post. In the following example the name you enter in the custom URL field would end up in the post's url address:

 

 

 

Tags:

Tags are keywords which describe your posts. Thanks to tags you can organize your blog content (make sure you use some unique tags e.g. your blog name reviews), or  find posts written by other bloggers with the same tag, e.g. 2017 Halloween Bingoreading challenge.

 

That's also a great tool to find other readers with the similar reading taste or taking part in the mutual reading games and challenges.  

 

 

Write a tag and then press Enter / Return or a comma to insert the tag in the field. You can use a-z, letter, numbers, space and a hyphen. No other special characters are allowed. 

 

Last Tags:

The spot presents recently used tags on your blog. To add those tags to your post, simply click a tag (it will go green when you hover over it) -- it will pop in the Tag field automatically. 

 

 

All tags:

It's a list of all tags used on your blog.

 

Send to:

This spot is for sharing your content to your other social channels and blogs. In order to make it active, first connect your social media in Settings and your other blogs in Settings/Blog.

To activate the given sharing option, click on it (make sure it goes green). 

 

 

Important: Facebook sharing is still inactive. To share your blog post to your Facebook profile, please follow the steps described in our post: How to share your BookLikes posts when Facebook connection fails

 

 

Happy blogging! 

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review 2017-10-17 22:22
Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art
Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art - Lee Meredith

Description:

 

Paint-by-number meets the traditional coloring book in this brand new format that showcases pixelated images of cool and quirky nostalgia objects. Doodlers, artists, and puzzlers alike will enjoy this new take on coloring. With a focus on old favorites, pictures of things like cassette tapes, a rotary phone, and roller skates have been pixelated and rendered as numbered grids. To fill them in, users have options to vary the colors, just vary the shading, or even use different shapes or lines. Color Squared can relieve stress or challenge the mind, depending on the approach the reader chooses--but either way, it will keep the head and hands busy, and make for a fun trip down memory lane. 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Wow, this is really time consuming, but it does completely take your mind off of everything else. Think paint by numbers, but not wit h paint and offers the user a chance to be more creative. It is like numbered grid paper and you choose what to fill each with whatever you want. This kind of made me a bit crazy because I have a terrible time with choices and will not decide until I have thoroughly thought about every possible option. I sat there with an unused page in front of me for like four hours... Lmao.

 

About the Author:

 

Lee Meredith calls herself a maker of things, doer of stuff; with a background in art and photography, a career in knitting pattern design, and a later-in-life education in graphic design, she has undertaken countless projects in the worlds of craft, art, and design. She brings her love of color, puzzles, and experimentation into her creative work, known for designing knitwear with unusual construction and often with game-like twists on the process of knitting itself, and thinking outside the norm in all pursuits.

 

Barnes and Noble

 

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