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text 2015-04-23 15:05
This Thursday new in stock: BookLikes & WordPress one click synchronization

 

We want BookLikes to be everywhere you are. This is why after introducing Blogger and Tumblr synchronizations, we now want to make life easier for WordPress.com users, too. Getting it done is a piece of cake, check the steps below. 

 

In a separate internet tabs log into your BookLikes and WordPress accounts.

 

Go to the Settings menu on your BookLikes account and switch to Blog tab. Scroll down to discover the WordPress box on your right, click connect and allow BookLikes to post on your blog.

 

  

Start using BookLikes as usual and once you finished your review, new quote or uploading a photo just go down to Send to box to your right. Choose where else you'd like your new post to go, green means active.

 

 

Voila!

 

 

On BookLikes

 

 

 

On Wordpress

 

 

Please, mind that a little time gap might occur between the posts appear on BL and WP. Our software engineers were sweating to get this synchronization done the best way possible, however both BookLikes and WordPress are using different blog themes, hence some of your post could look tiny different on each blog. 

 

 

Missed any of the previous BookLikes synchros? Not to worry, see this post to remind yourself how to get your BookLikes linked with Tumblr, Blogger, Goodreads, Kindle, Twitter and Facebook.

  

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text 2015-04-09 13:00
Now you can synchronize your BookLikes and Tumblr blogs, how cool is that!

Synchronize your BookLikes and Tumblr blogs

We were extremely happy to discover that our recent release of BookLikes -> Blogger synchronization brought up so many positive comments and feedback. You already know our Team good enough to know that we don't rest on our laurels, we've decided to keep up the momentum and prepared a new synchronization option. Now it's high time to connect your BookLikes not only with your social media, Goodreads, Kindle, and Blogger but also your Tumblr blog!

 

The procedure of synchronizing your blogs on BookLikes and Tumblr is very similar to the one for BookLikes->Blogger sync and is based on e-mail publishing address. Don't worry, well present a step by step instruction hot to connect your two blogs to share your writing across the web. 

 

 

4 Steps to Synchronize your Tumblr blog with your BookLikes webpage

(BookLikes -> Tumblr)

 

1. Go to your Tumblr settings where you'll find an e-mail address generated for your account in the Post by Email sector. 

 

 

You may want to e-mail this address to you. You can also reset the e-mail address any time in your Tumblr's settings. 

 

2. Copy the Tumblr's e-mail and go to your BookLikes Settings/Blog.

 

Paste the e-mail address in the Publish via email / publish on Tumblr sector. Remember to Save your BookLikes Settings. 

 

 

 

 

3. Write a review, or any other kind of post: text, photo post, quote, video. Then mark Tumblr icon (green = active) and publish the post on both of your blogs. 

 

 

 

4. Your post will be publish on your BookLikes and Tumblr blogs.

 


On BookLikes

 

On Tumblr

 

The posts will be cross posted according to the post types. Some basic formatting should also be applied to your Tumblr post automatically. 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 in the publication time may also occur.

 

 

If you have missed our recent post about synchronization features, here's a short reminder about all sync options available for your BookLikes account: 

 

 

Synchronize your Blogger blog with your BookLikes webpage (BookLikes -> Blogger)

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.

 

Set your Blogger e-mail address in your Blogger blog's settings and paste the Blogger e-mail into your BookLikes Settings. Then mark Blogger icon when writing a review and publish a post to your two blogs. Read more in our blog post.

 

 

Share your reviewsBookLikes 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). Read more in our blog post.

 

 

 

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. Read more in our blog post



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 inSettings/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.

Read more in our blog post.

 

P.S.

Remember to vote for BookLikes and help us get on the stage at TNWEurope and present BookLikes story to people who share the same passion for innovation and technology as we do. BookLikes was shortlisted to take part in the Boost programme which is dedicated to most promising startups in the new technologies industry.

 

Click to vote for

 

 

Voting will end on Friday April 10 at 17:00 CET so there's not much time left. We are calling for your votes to get us selected for the final 75 that will be allowed to pitch in front of jury!

 

This is could be once in a lifetime opportunity to expose our ideas to experts  to gain feedback and funding. We are counting on your votes. We appreciate all your help and support. Thank you :-) 

 

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text 2015-03-26 15:26
Synchronize Blogger blog with your BookLikes webpage

 

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.

 

 

On BookLikes

 

 

On 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.

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text 2014-11-20 13:14
Four Ways To Keep On Reading and Reviewing

 

What are two easy ways to keep on reading and reviewing? Keep a record of your reading progress and review after reading. These two solution will keep you in a bookish mood, motivate to finish up the book, think it over and express your opinion. Then you're ready for another literary round. The completion of these stages is easier with two new BookLikes' features. 

 

 

One: Update your reading progress

 

Firstly, we've updated the +Shelf Advanced window with a new option, now when you add a book to your Currently reading shelf, the total number of pages will be filled up according to the book edition. To keep record of your progress, just fill up the page you're on and keep updated when reading. When the edition is an ebook, the total number is changed into 100%. We're working on the solution for audiobooks. 

 

 

The total number of pages will be filled up when you use advanced +Shelf options and Update option on Dashboard. 

 

 

 

Two: Review after reading 

 

Secondly, when your click Finished! under your book in the Currently reading spot on your Dashboard, you'll see a new option Save and write a review which will save the rating and reading dates, and move you to a writing window. Plus, the finished reading date will be filled up. 

 

 

 

 

Updates

The Author Page

The author page on BookLikes has just received a new option: Add a new book. Now when you won't find a book in the book catalog, you can add it directly on the author's page. The author will be selected automatically in the add a new book form.

 

 

 

Three: Synchronize and stay active 

 

The BL->GR Sync 

The BL->GR synchronization received an update. To synchronize your accounts, go to Settings/Import and click Connect. Remember to be logged into GR in the second tab and to authorize the app (unless it's already been authorized).

 

The synchronization includes the following actions: adding books, adding/editing ratings, adding/editing shelves, adding/editing reviews. Once you do one of those things on BookLikes, they will be published on your BookLikes webpage and on your Goodreads profile.

 

Remember that the synchronization is possible due to the ISBN numbers and that some delays may occur. 

 

Four: Import and share

 

The GR Import

The import from Goodreads received an update - now the import process includes the private notes. To import your GR collection export your books on GR to a CSV file, go to your BookLikes Settings/Import, select the file and hit Import. We'll import your books, ratings, reviews, private notes, shelves and dates. The updated option works only for new imports. 

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text 2013-12-05 12:06
Blockquote Tag & Sync Updates

Today we have something for all those of you who love tags. Some time ago we've added a spoilers tag and now it's time for a blockquote tag.

 

See how it works:

 

 

and your published text will look like this:

 

 

You can also add other formatting to text with blockquote tags, such as bold, italics, underline...

 

Updates:

Synchronization option is on again. You can connect your GR account with your BookLikes profile in Settings/Import. Sync option allows to mirror your BookLikes activity on your GR profile (read more here: BookLikes -> Goodreads Synchronization). Sync includes adding books, posting and editing reviews, adding/changing rating stars and creating new shelves. Read more on our FAQ site or mail us with any concerns and questions.

 

Tips:

- You can add additional pages and links to your BookLikes webpage in Settings/Pages. All new pages will be visible in your blog menu next to Blog, Shelf and Timeline (e.g. Bio, About Me, or redirected link). 

 

- If you wish to add additional page with a link to tagged texts, use the link from your public Blog view instead of Dashboard - then the link will be available and visible for non BookLikes members.

 

For example, if you would like to add link to texts with ‘tutorials’ tag, use the link: http://booklikes.com/tag/tutorials (click ‘tutorials’ tag on post page in public blog view, not on Dashboard) instead of this link http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=tutorials (this tag is clicked on Dashboard, visible only for people who are signed in at the moment).

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