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text 2017-03-23 13:08
3 ways to put quotes in the spotlight on your blog

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts

one might have beautifully expressed...

Marlene Dietrich

If you're a fan of quotes too let's have a look at several ways to highlight the precious words on your book blog.

 

1. Write a quote post

This type of post is one among five visible on the wooden bar on the top of your Dashboard. The quote post let you publish a quotation with a source and /or a book cover, you can also mark it as a review and add tags.

 

 

2. Add a blockquote in your text

In order to highlight the the words you cherish the most, make them stand out in your review or text post. Just mark the words and click the quotation mark on the top border of the editor box and the quote will receive a central placing in your writing. You can switch on/off the blockquote option for the paragraph any time.

 

 

3. Use 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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

What's your favorite quote? We think that the following ones are very powerful and worth remembering:

 

You are your best thing

Beloved, Toni Morrison

 

We were the people who were not in the papers.

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print.

It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

 

P.S.

Let's share book love!

February was all about love, book love. But let's face it, in book lover's world the book affection lasts 24/7 all year long. If you've missed BookLikes bloggers book love stories, here is your chance to sneek peek into the pieces once again. Read all readers' testimonies and get the insights of book bloggers' reading preferences and favorite genres.

 

We'd love to read your Book Love Story! Tell the world why you love reading books and we'll be more than happy to spread the word, feature and interview you on the BookLikes blog! Remember to add why I love tag to your post :) continue reading

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text 2017-03-09 13:04
Draft your blog post like a pro

 

We've recently published how to blog about books in several different ways showing that a book review isn't the only possible post format for your book blog. But do you know other options available on your BookLikes blog?

 

Let's start with Drafts.

 

Sometimes it's reasonable to write, take a deep breath and let the text rest. When you come back to your review or article after several hours, you may be stunned how accurate or inaccurate you were in your first version. Regardless of how well you did, the most important thing is to find your texts saved as Drafts as quickly as you can -- the literary inspiration can be ephemeral and may fade away really fast.

 

To view your Drafts, click Blog on the upper menu and go to the right column. Click Drafts and voila. All you texts saved as drafts are here.

 

 

To edit the text, click Edit in the upper right corner of the post, make all the necessary changes, adjust the post date and save to publish online.

 

If you're still not sure whether the text is done, you can save it as draft again and again. Now you know that your texts are safe and sound and easy accessible anytime.

 

 

Mass Post Editor

 

The mass editor is also visible on your admin blog page:

 

If you have number of posts saved as drafts, use the mass editor -- it will save your time by showing you texts with the exact post status you're looking for: published, draft or scheduled to publish.

 

 

You can also use the mass editor as your table of contents and find past writings by searching via the publication date, post types or tags.

 

 

Preview and Save options

 

Remember that the post's look is different on Dashboard view and on your public BookLikes page (e.g. username.booklikes.com). To make sure that your text and photos look awesome in both views, use the Preview option and have a glance how it looks on your public blog page.

 

 

Handy tip:

If you're using the Draft option regularly, use the "back to edit after saving changes" option to make sure that none of your sentence slips away because of the browser time out. When editing your draft, tick the box and click Save as draft every several minutes. You'll stay in the edit mode and your text will be safe.

 

Please mind that if you press Post, the text will go online and you'll be still in the edit mode. That's why we recommend using the "back to edit after saving changes" option for your draft works.

 

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text 2017-03-02 13:19
6 ways to blog about books

 

Book blogging is awesome and it's even more fun if you can blog about books in different ways. The book reviews are great, they give you a full insight into the read and present the core information. But you can give a book shout out in several different ways. Here are 5 more that are worth checking and trying out on your book blog

 

On BookLikes you can use 5 different post styles from the wooden bar on the top of your Dashboard. To write a given post, click a desirable section and you'll be moved to an editor -- each post type has got a different template and will stand out on your Dashboard and on your BookLikes blog page.

 

 

Have a look at the specific blog types in more details and choose the one that best fits you and your writings.

 

#1 Book review

 

This is the main book blogging format used by the majority of book bloggers. On BookLikes you can write a book review from number of places, just click the book cover and then +Post.

 

 

You can also write directly from your Dashboard, click Tex from the wooden bar and you'll be moved to a general text editor. 

 

 

To mark a text as a review make sure to check the Review box on the right and add the rating stars. Here's how the final outcome will look like on your blog (the look will vary according to the blog design):

 

via nicky2910's book reviews

 

If you've missed our recent posts about all the book review places and BookLikes tips, please have a look here:

 

#2 Several books review

 

Reviewing several books at once is not a standard procedure but it's handy when reviewing a book series or doing a monthly reading summary. On BookLikes you can add up to 10 books to your single post. Just use the search box and add all the titles you wish to cover in your review.

 

 

The final version of this kind of post can look like this:

 

via Midu Reads

 

 

#3 Quote

 

Sharing book quotes from your favorite titles is spreading word and what's a better praise for a book? The special post format makes the quote stand out both on your Dashboard and in the blog view.

 

 

 

via Bookloving author and publisher Bookloving author and publisher

 

 

#4 Photo

 

Book blogging is not always about reviewing, it's also about sharing fun pics enhancing the book love and promoting new books.

 

via Angels With Attitude Book Reviews

 

via Buchelli's Booklikes Blog

 

You can upload up to 10 images in one photo post. The photo post can be connected with a book or books.

 

 

 

#5 Video

 

If you're a book tuber, feel free to add your video reviews and if you prefer to share book related mini movies, please do. We love them! Adding the video is super easy on BookLikes, all you need to do it  add the URL or the embed code and voila! You can connect the vide with a book if you wish.

 

 

Here are couple of videos that made our day:

via Libromancer's Apprentice

 

via Yodamom Finds her Force

 

 

#6 URL

You can use your BookLikes page as a companion to your other webpages and another way of sharing your reviews and news. The URL post type can link to your other webpage or an article you found interesting and worth sharing.

 

 

Here's an example:

via markk

 

Which blog post type is your favorite?

 

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text 2017-02-23 13:12
A-Z ways to arrange your bookshelf

 

Let's say it loud, a bookshelf in book lover's life isn't only a space to collect books. It's a space to show your reading personality, it's a place to praise your sweethearts. Your bookshelf is You. The way you arrange your bookshelf tells a lot about you.

 

BookLikes bookshelf also offers a set of features which allows you to present your bookish personality with your book collection.

 

 

5 Bookshelf personality types

- what kind of reader are you?

 

1. Alphabetized bookshelf - you're well organized, up to date, never late and always right. Classy reader.

 

pic via

 

2. Color oriented - you're an artistic type with a bright and energetic personality, you love doing DIY, never bored, full of ideas and plans to be engaged in. Happy hippie reader.

 

pic via

 

3. Author sorted - you like meeting new people and getting to know them a little bit better, you're open minded but confident of your stand. Smart reader.

 

pic via

 

4. Genre listed - you're an adventurous type with many buddies around, always on the go, ready to hit the road without a specific plan. Extrovert reader.

 

pic via

 

5. No order - you're a mess but in a positive sense. You're carte blanche, introvert personality, you're emotional but at the same time you keep a poker face. Mystery reader.

 

pic via

 

 

BookLikes bookshelf know-how

 

BookLikes is a place where you can not only start your book blog and review books but also present your book collection in the most desirable way. The following bookshelf description is a reminder of numerous shelf options available on your shelf page on BookLikes.

 

To add a book to your bookshelf, please click any book cover in the service and press +Shelf.

 

 

Here you have the fast shelving options:

I - choose a reading status

II - select a thematic shelf, can be accompanied with a reading status;

III - add a new thematic shelf

IV - show advanced shelving options

 

If you select option IV (+Shelf advanced) the bigger pop up will appear with additional options to choose from:

 

 

A. Read / Planning / Currently - choose a reading status if you haven't done this in the fast shelving view 

 

B. Progress - set your progress with accordance to the book edition (paper book/pages; e-books get % and audiobook/minutes)

 

C. Set dates - add reading dates (the dates when you start and finish the book) to make the book count to your Reading challenge

 

D. Edit shelves - add new one or choose from the ones you have (note: deleting the thematic shelf will not delete the books from your shelf page)

 

E. Edit exclusive statuses - add your own reading status if Read, Planning and Currently aren't enough (e.g. New, DNF)

 

F. How do you feel about this? - show your bookish feelings with emoticons :)

 

G. Other options - use these tick boxes to mark a title as your favorite, add to to your wishlist or mark as private (it will be visible only to you)

 

H. Private notes - view or add a private note (visible only to you) concerning this very title

 

I - click Save and go explore more BookLikes, or Save and write a review to go to the text editor page

 

The Read status has two more options:

 

 

J. Rating - add rating stars, including half stars!

K. Dates - add reading dates, including re-read dates!

 

 

OK. Filling up the bookshelf page with my favorite titles was easy-peasy. What to do next? First you should answer the question which reading personality type are you, decide how you'd like to arrange your books and then read the following section with the Shelf page options on BookLikes. 

 

 

1. Add a new thematic shelf - a new thematic shelf will be added to your shelf page; you can also set it as status, then it will be added under other statuses: Read, Planning to read and Currently reading.

 

2. A Shelf search - search your shelf, type title or author;

 

3. Sort option for your books - choose how to view your books;

 

4. Your private notes - find books with your private notes; the book with a private note receives a little dot under the cover;

 

5. Shelve it!  - a feature that helps you shelving new books from other webpages, move the Shelve it icon to your bookmark bar and click when visiting a book pages of Amazon and other booksellers;

 

6 and 7 - Cover view and Table view for your Shelf - choose which one suits you better;

 

8 - Shelf Settings - a gateway to manage your shelves, statuses and sorting options, have a look at available options below. 

 

 Shelf settings:

 

 

There's quite a lot of things to do in here:

 

a. add shelf -  add a new shelf, or set the shelf as an exclusive status;

 

b. choose the default shelves order - alphabetical or manual (then you can decide how to order your thematic shelves);

 

c. shelf Page view - the cover view or the table view for your admin shelf page; 

 

d. books order - how books on your shelf should be presented (this is how you and your blog guest will see the books on your shelf);

 

e. visible columns - chose which columns should be visible in your table view

 

f. rename - change the name of your thematic shelf;

 

g. position - if you wish to set your shelves manually, you can choose theirs positions (write number or use the drag and drop);

 

h. set an existing shelf as an exclusive status;

 

i. delete the shelf.

 

Remember to Save all the changes in the particular sections to make all the updates visible on your Shelf page. 

 

If you choose to view the table view of your shelf page,

here's what you get:

 

 

i. select one or several books, this will activate the option on the top of the table view ( see: k, l, m);

 

j. select all the books - you can select all the books visible on this shelf page;

 

k. add to shelves - add selected book(s) to your thematic shelf/shelves;

 

l. take books off the selected shelf - choose a thematic shelf, select the books and take them off the chosen shelf; the books will stay on your Shelf Page, only the shelves they are on will be changed;

 

m. delete books from your shelf - select book(s) and delete them from your shelf page; even if you delete the books from the Shelf, the review attached to this book will remain on your blog;

 

n. choose how many books per page in the table view to see;

 

o. sort options; cover - see book without a cover and add missing images to green books; Title/Author - alphabetical order; Ratings - according to your rating stars; My review - books with/without a review; Date Read - finished reading date;

 

p. add rating stars to your books;

 

q. add review, see review or edit review; the options depend whether the review is attached or not; 

 

r. edit shelves for a given book - move or add the book to your thematic shelves;

 

s. add the finished reading date - remember that only books with filled up Read Date count to your reading challenge; 

 

t. delete a book from your shelf;

 

u. change an edition - choose other book edition to be presented on your shelf page.

 

 

This shelf compendium covers many shelving issues, if you have any doubts or questions, please let us know in the comment section below or mail us directly.

 

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text 2017-02-09 12:20
How to start a book blog

 

 

No matter whether you're a regular BookLikes visitor or a newbie, we hope you'll find these tips useful in your blogging adventure. Here's how to set up your book blog and make your first steps in the blogging community.

 

We're happy to see newcomers to BookLikes, the BookLikes team says warm and loud Welcome, welcome! :)

 

7 tips how to start a book blog

 

1. Choose your blogging platform and register. If you're reading this on your Dashboard, we're more than happy to see that you've chosen BookLikes as one of your blogging companion.

 

2. Think of a catchy blog name. Make the blog title work for you and your content, it should be compatible with the reviews and texts as well as your personality. 

 

3. Meet the bloggers. The blogging community is huge and very diversified. You can follow everyone but you can get in touch with those who are your favorites and to whom you look up. Make them your inspirations.

 

4. Make your place comfy and stylish. Your page should be your showroom. A lot depends on your computer knowledge but if your tech skills aren't your assets, don't worry. Use the free templates and remember that what really matters is the content, show your masterclass in reviewing and content writing.

 

5. Add a personal touch. There is a real person behind each blogging page and a blog project and readers like to know who is backstage. Take a minute to create About me and Contact page where you can add a couple of details about yourself, your reading habits, books you love and your reviewing policy.

 

6. It's all about networking. Make sure to add your social profiles links and other pages you're sharing your pieces on. We would also suggest creating a separate e-mail address to make it easier for the blogging community and writers to reach you.

 

7. Write. Write. Write. And have fun.

 

BookLikes tips on staring a book blog

 

1. BookLikes is a webpage which combines features of a blogging platform and a book cataloging site. Our aim was to create a place where creating a personal webpage with a book blog and a virtual bookshelf will be easy for everyone and won't take longer than several clicks. The intro tutorial guides you around the crucial BookLikes' features and helps to make your first steps in the book blogging community.

 

 

To take advantage of all BookLikes features make sure to open a welcome e-mail from the BookLikes team with a verification code. Once your BL account is verified, BookLikes is all yours :)

 

2. On BookLikes, the blog name and the username are two different things.

Your username is the nick you're choosing when registering, it will be part of your www address, e.g. yourusername.booklikes.com. You can change it anytime but keep in mind that the www address of your BookLikes webpage will be changed along with the username.

 

The blog name (the blog title), on the other hand, is a name you're giving to your blog page. If you won't create a separate title for your blog page, it will automatically present your username as your blog title so it's worth to add it as soon as you register, either during the intro tutorial steps or in Settings/blog.

 

Both the username and the blog name can be changed any time.

You can change the username in the general Settings (main menu->Settings), whereas the blog name can be altered in Settings/blog (main menu->Settings->Blog).

 

 

3. Once you're all set, go and say hi to the BookLikes community. The intro tutorial gives you the opportunity to follow several bloggers but if you missed that point or want to check out other blogs, please use the Explore page where you can search bloggers by their reading preferences and popularity. The moment you start following a given blog you'll see the blogger's reviews and bookshelf updates on your Dashboard.

 

 

Visit the Book catalog page to know what the community is reading, shelving and reviewing. Click the book cover to be moved to a book page where you can view the community reviews which lead to separate blogs that you can follow.

 

 

Once your Dashboard is boosting with your fellow bloggers activities, start a reading challenge -- a great way to show your reading life step by step, book by book.

 

Also, make sure to say hello in the discussion groups where you can count on BookLikes team help and the community tips and tricks.

 

4. Customizing your BookLikes webpage is a painless process also for those not too tech savvy. To customize the webpage go to Settings/blog and click the Customize button. You will be moved to the customization tab, where you can choose a design template for your book blog (choose Themes to view free and paid blog templates).

 

 

Click Done or Customize to add more personal touch. Remember to Save all the changes and see how it looks on your webpage live.

 

 

If you feel good with your coding abilities you can also edit HTML or upload a template of your own design.

 

5. To add additional pages, like About me or Contact, go to Settings/Pages and create a page where you can add more information about yourself and your blog.

 

 

6. Adding your social profiles is another gateway for your readers to find and reach you. Make sure to add your actual social profile links in the customization tab (see point 4), they will be automatically added on your webpage. Tick social network buttons to make it easier to share your content, the Facebook like, Twitter, G+1 and Pin buttons will be added to each of your blog post.

 

 

7. And now the real work starts. Read, write, meet, share, comment, stay active and enthusiastic. Show your energy and spread the book love. Write great book reviews. Make your text stand out, be honest and never stop writing about reading.

 

Your book blog is your place now. A perfect place to be.

 

 

And remember that the blogging community is made of awesome people. If you have any doubts or questions, ask your fellow bloggers. We're sure they will be more than happy to give you a helping hand.

 

As always, you can also mail the BookLikes team with any concerns. We'll do all to help and support :)

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