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text 2017-04-27 13:45
5 tips to show yourself as a professional reader, author, publisher

If you're a blogger, author or a publisher you can use your BookLikes book blog as an excellent companion to your other webpages and social media. Here are five tips that will help you to show off your brand with your BookLikes  blog. 

 

If you're already on BookLikes (hight five!!) you can enhance the awareness by writing posts and reviews as well as personalizing your BookLikes webpage. If you haven't tried BookLikes yet, feel invited to join the best book blogging community and follow the tips below :-)

 

1. Blog username and blog title - make them smart and elegant, they represent You

 

If you're an author or a publisher chose your professional name for the BookLikes username -- it will be a part of the www address of your BookLikes webpage. The blog title and a short bio should also indicate your role in the book business.

 

 

If you're a blogger you have more freedom. However, the more similar the BookLikes username and the blog title to your other webpages will be, the better. All your pages and social media will create a coherent and comprehensive set that represents you -- a professional reader and reviewer.

 

 

2. Make it verified and official

 

If you're an author or a publisher make your BookLikes blog verified and official, then you're account will receive additional features, such as author's tab and a spotlight place on the Explore page. If you haven't received your "verified" mark yet, please contact Kate@booklikes.com. We'll be also more than happy to provide your with a BookLikes Know-How manual for author and publishers.

 

 

 

3. Add your links - make the readers find you

 

The readers will be thankful for having all your contact links in one place.

The customization tab (menu->Settings->Blog tab->Customize) is a place where you can choose a blog template and add the personal touch to it. You can also add the links to your webpages where you're active.

 

 

Remember to save all the changes in the customization tab!

 

 

4. When writing - add your source

 

When cross posting from your other webpages or paraphrasing your previous works, add the link to your source content.

 

 

The reader will have a possibility to follow you writings on your other webpages and your content will gain credibility.

 

 

 

5. Make it sharable

 

In the world of social media your content simply must be ready to hit the road web as soon as it's online. The Dashboard share feature allows for a fast and easy click share -- this option is available for the blogs you follow.

 

 

If you notice a nice article on the BookLikes blog you're not following, share it via the social share buttons under each post. Make sure to add the button to your BookLikes book page.

To make the buttons visible go to the customization tab (menu->Settings->Blog tab->Customization) and tick the boxes:

 

Remember to save all the changes in the customization tab.

 

Happy writing!

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text 2017-04-20 13:22
What to write on your book blog next?

If you're experiencing a temporal writer's block and don't know what to share on your book blog, have a look at these five blog post ideas that will trigger your blogging and reading drill. 

 

1. Reviews

Book blogging is all about reviewing books, I know it, you know it, we know it. Period. 

To view the reviews on your Dashboard and hid all other bookish activities, choose the Reviews view on the right. We're sure that the review flood will be an excellent impulse to read and write on.

 

Choose a Dashboard view on the right

 

A review Dashboard view

 

 

2. Reading lists

Lists have very special powers, they make our lives well organized (shopping lists), they make our work more effective (work tasks list), and make our reading decisions less painless (Which book should I read now?).

On BookLikes you can share the lists either on the special list place (main menu->Apps->Reading lists) or on your blog prior or after reading. 

 

via James talks (Mostly) Books

 

 

3. Reading challenge posts

The reading challenges gather many readers, you can take part in a monthly challenge, an annual or a thematic one. You can not only track your reading progress but also share your reading goals with your friends and fellow bloggers. Your reading challenge page can be also a great encouragement for people who need a reading kick when experiencing a reader's block. 

 

2017 Reading challenge posts

 

...Bookfanatic's reading challenge page

 

The most recent activity of the Booklikes-opoly game serves the same purpose, therefore, we encourage you to check out the game posts as well as join the game :-)

 

Booklikes-opoly tag posts

 

 

4. Book tours and giveaways

They often go together and are excellent to support an author you enjoy reading. Plus, who doesn't like giveaways! 

 

via SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

 

5. How to posts

Tutorials are always welcome regardless of the community you're part of. Book bloggers are no different, many love to share bookish themed tutorials as well as blogging tips and tricks helping the community to get the best of BookLikes, for example. 

 

via Debbie's Spurts

 

And what are you blog post ideas? Share them in the comment section below.

 

P.S. Congrats to leselurchausderbucherhohle, the winner of Prime e-reader in the BookLikes contest!

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text 2017-04-13 10:41
4 ways to give a shout out to a beloved title

If you're wondering how to praise a book and put it in the spotlight, the following BookLikes spots will come in handy.

 

1. Make it stand out -- write about it, review, share

(if you've missed read: 6 ways to write about books on BookLikes)

Once you meet a book you love, make sure to share your affection with your fellow bloggers and your book friends. Make reading a social activity with your little notes from your reading experience.

A reading update

 

A quote post

 

You can share the reading updates and quotes, and when you're finished make sure to add all the positives in a book review on your blog.

A book review

 

2. List it -- make a reading list with your favorite titles

(main menu -> Apps -> Reading lists)

Reading lists are awesome. They gathered the books around a given topic and at the same time make a never ending TBR pile a little less chaotic. Your list can have a descriptive intro and each title receives a note spot for a review snap or a recommendation sentence.

 

Sci Fi/Fantasy Written by Women

 

With BookLikes Reading list feature you can sign in into a given list, add all the titles to your bookshelf with just one click (the thematic shelf will be added automatically to your BL Shelf), and then feel free to socialize while reading by discussing the books and visiting other bloggers reading it.

 

 

3. Give the book away

(main menu -> giveaways)

Readers love books. Books love readers. Share you book love by giving the titles you love to other readers who haven't had a chance to read it yet.

You can decide who the book goes to by picking the giveaway winner by yourself.

The giveaway option is also great for the upcoming titles.

 

 

4. A new book is a new event

(main menu -> events)

If you can't sleep because of a new release invite friends to join your sleepless night. Add the new release page and personalize it to match the book theme, then share the news and invite other readers who crave the book.

 

A new release event page

 

What are you reading now? Share your beloved titles in the comment section below.

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text 2017-04-03 07:17
Facebook and BookLikes

For the last couple of days BookLikes is experiencing a troublesome relation with Facebook: the login via Facebook and synchronization isn't working as it supposed to. The two features experience hiccups and therefore are unavailable at the moment. The Facebook options will be turned on as soon as we sort the problematic issues out.

 

If you're using Facebook to log in to BookLikes and you're experiencing login problems at the moment, please follow the steps below to log into your BookLikes to shelve your books and write reviews:

 

1. Go to BookLikes.com, press log in and then Forgot password link.

 

2. Type in the e-mail address your BookLikes account is set up on (if you're using Facebook to log in, the e-mail will be the same as for your Fb account)

 

3. Check your e-mail inbox for the password reset e-mail, open it and press the link.

 

4. Type in your new password.

 

5. Log into your BookLikes with your e-mail and a new password and start shelving and posting.

 

 

So sorry for any inconvenience. Once we sort the thing out, we'll let you know in the comments below.

 

In case of any further questions, write in the comment section below or send a message to kate@booklikes.com

 

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text 2017-03-30 13:26
8 things book bloggers will love about BookLikes / [DE] 8 Dinge, die Buchliebhaber auf BookLikes finden und lieben werden

 

We're happy to announce that BookLikes supported the bloggers' conference, the buchmesse: blogger sessions 17, in Leipzig, Germany on March 26. Today we'd like to highlight 8 things that make BookLikes really special on the blog platform scene. Here are the tools that each blogger and book lover will appreciate when starting a book blog on BookLikes.

 

The blog post is published in English and German. Scroll down for a German version and a contest info for German readers.

 

1. User-friendly design

No matter whether you're a tech-savvy or not, BookLikes is suitable for all personalities. You can use easy peasy customization tools and ready made blog templates, or show your HTML magic skills and customize your BookLike page all by yourself.

 

If you're a designer you can also upload your design to BookLikes Theme Store and become a book blog designer.

 

 

 

2. Different templates for different writings

BookLikes lets you discuss books in six different ways.The review template is the most popular but once you try the text, quote, photo, video and link styles, you'll love the way they stand out on your blog page and your Dashboard feed.

 

 

3. Shelf

In book lover's world the bookshelf is so much more than just a place to store books. It's your way of expressing yourself and presenting your reading life.

 

 

4. Book search integrated with the blogging tools

Choose the writing template: text, quote, photo, video or URL, search the book within a blogging template, add your review and publish. Don't worry about the layout or copying/pasting the covers, it's already done. Now all you have to do is read and write.

 

 

5. Community

Can reading be a social activity? Sure it can! No one is better in discussing books than book bloggers. And an international community is a dream place for a member of a modern blogosphere.

 

 

6. Book widgets

Widget is another way fo showing off your books, reviews and giveaways. You can add BookLikes widgets to your BookLikes blog page and to your other www pages.

Spread the word and promote your book blog brand!

 

 

 

7. Fun zone

Set up your reading goal for an annual reading challenge, add your reading lists, win giveaways.

 

 

8. Affiliate program for book bloggers

Why not to earn money on doing what you love -- reading and reviewing. If you're using online booksellers' affiliate programs (e.g. Amazon) you can connect your affiliate ID with your BookLikes blog and receive the money when somebody buys the book via your blog page. Simple as that.

 

[DE]

 

Ihre Erfahrungen mit Büchern können nur Ihnen gehören, Sie können Sie aber auch mit anderen teilen. BookLikes ist eine internationale Gemeinschaft aller Buchliebhaber und Blogger. Werden Sie Teil und entdecken, erleben und präsentieren Sie Ihre Welt der Bücher.

 

8 Dinge, die Buchliebhaber auf BookLikes finden und lieben werden:

 

 

1. Ansprechendes Design

Kostenlose Vorlagen und Extras, einfache Individualisierung.

 

 

2. Verschiedene Text-Styles
Veröffentlichen Sie Ihre Beiträge als Buchbesprechungen, Zitate, Videos, Links oder Fotos.

 

 

3. Bücherregal
Teilen Sie Ihre Buchsammlungen und nutzen Sie diese als Ihre persönliche Visitenkarte.

 

 

4. Buch-Suchmaschine mit integrierter Blogfunktion
Sie suchen ein Buch, fügen Ihre Buch-Besprechung hinzu und veröffentlichen diese, ohne sich mit Zusatzgraphiken und dem Kopieren des Buchcovers aufzuhalten.

 

 

5. Blogger-Community
Lesen Sie nicht nur für sich. Teilen Sie Ihre Erfahrungen mit anderen Buch-Bloggern. Tauschen Sie sich aus und nehmen Sie an spannenden Diskussionsrunden teil.

 

 

6. Book Widgets

Die BookLikes-Widgets erlauben Ihnen, in Ihrem Blog Ihre Lieblingsbücher, Buchverlosungen und Zitate zu präsentieren – die Nutzung von Extras externer Webseiten ist nicht mehr notwendig.

 

 

7. Fun Zone
Nehmen Sie selbst an unseren Lesechallenges teil und testen sich selbst, erstellen Sie Ihre eigenen Leselisten mit Ihren Lieblingstiteln oder machen Sie mit bei den Buchverlosungen.

 

 

8. Affiliate-Programme für Blogger
Warum nicht mit der Lieblingsbeschaftigung etwas Geld verdienen? Mit dem Schreiben von Buchbesprechungen und der Nutzung von Affiliate-Programmen gewählter Buchhandlungen haben Sie mit BookLikes die Möglichkeit.

 

 

Hat Dir dir Buchmesse gefallen? Teile Deine Eindrücke und gewinne einen inkBOOK Prime E-Reader.

 

Gewinnen Sie einen E-Reader inkBOOK auf BookLikes in 3 Schritten: 
   

1. Registrieren Sie sich auf BookLikes.com    

 

2. Füllen Sie Ihre Bibliothek auf BookLikes.com

(Import aus LovelyBooks.de möglich).

Verfassen Sie zusätzlich eine Buchbesprechung und veröffentlichen Sie in Ihrem Blog auf BookLikes.com einen Bericht über die Bloggermesse/-Konferenz in Leipzig.  

  

3. Versehen Sie Ihren Beitrag mit den Tags #booklikes #bmb17 #lmb17    

 

Veröffentlichen Sie Ihre Beiträge vom 26.03. bis zum 09.04.2017.    

 

Gewählt werden 3 der interessantesten Berichte, deren Autoren mit inkBOOK E-Reader ausgezeichnet werden!    

 

Be in the spotlight! Schreiben Sie in Ihrem Blog auf BookLikes, wie es sich mit dem gewonnenen inkBOOK liest und wir senden Ihre Rezension über den E-Reader rund um die Welt!

 

BookLikes ist einer der Sponsoren der buchmesse:blogger sessions 17auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

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