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text 2015-12-09 23:13
Christmas Countdown Widget

As promised here, I added the following widget to my profile:

(if you click on it you can too add it to your blog!)

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text 2015-01-01 14:59
New Widget and More Book Information

Books Are My Life

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

J.D. Salinger

Favorite book authors become readers' best friends - we get back to them in happy and hard times, we appreciate their words and love their works. Now you can show your best authors with Author Widget on your blog. 


New Author Widget is available in the Goodies tab. Select the author by inserting his/her name or author's ID, add widget's title and choose the number of books. Your author widget is ready. 


If the author is a BookLikes Author, the widget will also reveal author's blog on BookLikes. 


It's a great way of presenting your favorite writers and supporting authors whose works you love reading.


To add widget to your BookLikes blog copy the widget code and paste it in the personalization tab in the Widget Area. Remember to Save in the personalization tab. 






The book pop up has just receive a new book information: a series name. Now when browsing the books on Dashboard or on other reader's shelves you'll get a note whether the book is a part of the series and which position in series it holds.



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text 2014-11-06 13:03
Show Your Reading Lists and Change Book Editions & Halloween Bookmark Winners


We have several treats for you today.There's a new way of showing what you're reading with the reading list widget. Those of you who want to change a book edition, can do it on your bookshelf. Read on to know more on tags and photos updates, and to find out who the Halloween Bookmark winners are.


There's a new widget in BookLikes' Goodies -- the Reading list widget! You can show the reading lists you've created, liked and the ones you signed up to. The widget will present the list's name, number of books and people signed up and three book covers as a list's preview. You can personalize the widget by choosing the widget type, name and the number of lists that should be presented.



To show the widget on your BookLikes blog copy the widget code, go to a customization tab and insert the code in the Widget Area




Remember to Save and check if the widget displays correctly on your blog page. You can add several widget codes in the Widget Area to show your books on shelf, reviews, or a profile summary. 


You can also add the widget on your other webpages to share your reading goals with your blog readers. 






Change Edition on Your Shelf


We've updated the way you can change the book edition on your Shelf -- just go to your Shelf Table View and click change edition under a book title. 



The title will be inserted in the search box. To trigger the search, press enter and choose a book. Then you'll see a window with other editions to choose from. 



Choose the book edition that suits you and it will be updated on your Shelf and in the review. All data, like rating stars, reading dates and private notes will be also attached to your newly chosen edition. 


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. 




Tags & Photo Size


We've done some updates concerning tags: please use only letters and numbers which can be divided with hyphen or space. Special characters will be removed from tags. 


We've done some updates concerning photos: photo size for the uploaded images and Photo Post should be maximum 500KB. 



Halloween Bookmarks Winners


Do you remember our last week contest? We know who'll get our handy bookmarks, we've picked two winners! Congratulations! 


You can read the winning stories below: 


Reclusive Reads


The Spirit of the Season

I was driving back to the office after having dealt with a couple of would be Satanists up at the Hallowed Hollow boneyard and feeling pretty good about having locked them in the Hamperdamp family mausoleum. Old Man Hamperdamp had been a bastard when he was alive. Death hadn’t mellowed him and he hated being disturbed. If their hearts held out till morning, someone would be along to let them out eventually. And DeRigor Mortis, the funeral director, had paid in cash, no questions asked. Life was good.


I was cruising along, keeping an eye out for any sugar crazed costumed midgets who might dart out into the street and put a damper on my evening, and a costly dent in my grille when something in my peripheral vision caught my attention... read more



Mallory Kellogg, Cat Lady and Author (in that order)


Halloween Haiku

Darkness consumes me.

I welcome the freedom now.

Silence in the night.


Dear winners, congrats! We'll contact you to collect your postal addresses and send out the treats :-) 


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text 2014-09-11 11:18
Reading Challenge Redesigned - Reading Stats, Part One

We’ve polished up your Reading Challenge, now you can compare your annual goals, check which book was a page turner, and keep track of your reading history week by week. More reading stats are coming soon. 


You can find your Reading Challenge Page by click the headline of the reading challenge timeline visible on your Dashboard.


If you haven’t set up your goal for 2014 yet, there's still time. Go to Reading Challenge tab in Goodies, set your reading goal, and be prepared for the intensive 4 months of the reading pleasure.



Your new Reading Challenge page presents

several reading information:


1. Fast read & page count - you’ll always know how many pages have you read so far, and which book was a real page turner.




2. Your challenge books list presents your reading history with re-read dates, your rating stars, and links to the reviews. 


The list is updated according to the read dates, remember to fill up the Dates to make the book count to your challenge. You can easily update the dates on the Reading Challenge page. 



3. Reading chart allows you to keep track of your reading achievements per months and per weeks.



4. Reading Challenges Year by Year compares your goals and achievements in the particular years.



You can easily switch between the years - your reading challenge years are visible on the top of the page, at the bottom, and on the right.



Discover Reading Challenges of Other Bloggers


You can also check how other BookLikers are doing. There are several ways to check what others are reading in their Reading Challenges. 


1. Go to Reading Challenge tab in Goodies to view the most recent challenges and their reading history. Press view challenge books to go to Reading Challenge page. 




2. To view other's challenged books click the Reading Challenge widget on the blog.




Then you'll view the blogger's reading history:




Add Reading Challenge Widget to Your Blog


If you haven't added the widget to your blog yet, it's high time. It's a great way to show your reading goals, and share your reading history with your blog guests. 


To add widget to your BookLikes blog follow the steps:

1. go to Widget tab (in Goodies)

2. copy code for the Reading Challenge Widget

3. go to the customization tab (the link to the tab is right under the widget code)

4. paste the code in the Widget Area

5. save

The Reading Challenge Widget will be added to your blog. If you want to add other widgets (Shelf, Profile etc...) follow the same steps. You can add as many widgets in the Widget Area as you wish. 


If you wish to add the widget to your other webpage, copy/paste the HTML into your other website code. 



P.S. We love the idea of the book bricks. Click here to see more lovely DIY bookends and bookshelf accessories. 

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text 2014-09-04 10:53
Show Your Book Blog In a Nutshell - Profile Widget


A new profile widget can be your calling card, business card, and an invitation. Let your readers hear you, let them see you, let them read you. Show you blog info in a nutshell.


A new widget has been added to Widgets Page (Goodies). First decide which information would you like to reveal, just tick the boxes and the details will pop up on the preview widget on the right.



Once your widget is ready, copy the code and paste it into the Widget Area in a customization tab on BookLikes (Settings/Blog->Customize), or copy/paste the HTML into your other website code.



What's even more cooler is the fact that your readers can explore your BookLikes blog, and your activity. By clicking the details on the widget, your guests will be moved to your BookLikes places, e.g.


- by clicking the Reading Challenge Note, your guests will be moved to your Reading Challenge Page,

- by clicking the number of shelves, they will visit your BookLikes Shelf page,

- by clicking the number of your Discussion, they will see your Discussion stats.


Each data/number is a link that reveals something about you, your books, and your book blog on BookLikes.  





We're added a report button to BookLikes' author pages.



If you notice that the information on the page should be added or corrected, let us know by using the form. Thank you. 




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