How is BookLikes for Authors?

Booklikes logoYou may have heard about BookLikes during the last Goodreads kerfuffle a while back, when people were looking for an alternative platform for sharing and promoting their books. I’m just now getting around to setting up my BookLikes info. Yes, as usual, I am right on top of things.

Signing up for BookLikes is super easy. You can even use your Facebook account if you don’t want to set it up using your email address.

BookLikes_-_open an account

BookLikes is different from Goodreads in that it’s set up like a blog. If you’re familiar with Tumblr, this will feel very familiar to you. You have a dashboard page that functions as a timeline.

Booklikes Dashboard

There’s a drop-down box at the top left – the IU chimp has circled it in green for us – that will allow you to move back and forth between the various pages of your blog.

BookLikes uses a virtual shelf graphic, similar to the one Shelfari uses, to display the books you’ve read or plan to read.

BookLikes Bookshelf

Of course, I started off by loading up my shelves with my own books. You can do the same thing – just search on your name and see what comes up. If one or more of your books aren’t in the list, you can plug in your ISBN or ASIN instead of your name and add your book to your shelves that way.

If you go all the way down on that drop-down list and click Settings, you can make a whole bunch of changes to your account – including resetting your page address and your password. You can also link your account to Facebook, Twitter, and even to your reading progress on your Kindle.

booklikes dashboard dropdownOn a separate tab in Settings, you’ll find setup options for your BookLikes blog.

Booklikes Blog Settings

There are some free themes to choose from, or you can spring for a paid theme. I picked one of the free ones, and I loaded up the post I did on my own blog last Thursday so you can see how it looks.

BookLikes Latest Blog

The social aspect of this site comes in the form of liking and following others’ blogs. There’s also a discussion section, although odds are that some of the toxic behavior has transitioned here from Goodreads, so I will probably steer clear of those. (Your mileage may vary.)

BookLikes has some features that are available only to authors and publishers. Their FAQ says that they’ll automatically offer these features to you if they detect that you’re an author, but if you don’t get the option, you can contact them and ask them to add you. Among those features: You can do a giveaway on BookLikes, and one nice thing it has that Goodreads doesn’t is the ability to give away eBooks. You can also list your book release dates under Events. And under Goodies, you can format a BookLikes widget or button to post on your own blog.

BookLikes has a Daily Deals listing, but it looks like they’re pulling the info straight from Amazon.

I’m just beginning to look at this site and figure out all the features. If you’re a BookLikes expert, let us know in the comments what I’ve missed.

Author: Lynne Cantwell

Lynne Cantwell grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years; she has written for CNN, the late lamented Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV news outlets you have probably never heard of, including a defunct wire service called Zapnews. But she began as a fantasy writer (in the second grade), and is back at it today. She currently lives near Washington, DC. Learn more about Lynne at her blog and at her Amazon author page.

19 thoughts on “How is BookLikes for Authors?”

  1. So Lynne, is this like Goodreads, where you can set up an author profile and just let it sit, if you want, or do you have to be active in the community for it to work? The blogging thing confused me just a little. I’m all for being seen on multiple sites, but I don’t want to be seen as a person who set up a blog and never blogs on it. Does it look bad if you set up your page, but don’t have a lot of time to interact with it?

    1. You pose good questions, RJ. Just like everyone else, my time is limited, and I’d love to have a shortcut. I think the ideal situation would be for BookLikes to allow you to link your existing blog to their blogging platform, the way Goodreads does — so that anything you post on your own blog shows up on the BookLikes blog as well. I didn’t see a way to do that, but maybe I didn’t poke around enough at the site. Anybody else have any idea?

    1. You’re welcome, pdr. I remember hearing about the site when the Goodreads craziness was going down, but then I forgot about it until a colleague mentioned it right before the holidays. Seems like a new social media opportunity pops up every day, doesn’t it? Makes it hard to keep up. 🙂

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