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Posts Tagged ‘LibraryThing’

TurnHere Adds Partners, Launches Customizable Widget Player

In a press release issued yesterday, online video solutions platform TurnHere announced nearly one dozen new distribution partners, including Goodreads, LibraryThing and Buy.com, for its book-centric online channel Bookvideos.tv. In addition, TurnHere also unveiled a brand new customizable widget and enhanced video player for book publishers, which will expand the reach of author videos across the Web.

“TurnHere’s author videos are compelling content, and we think they are an excellent addition to our author profiles,” said Otis Chandler, founder and CEO of Goodreads. “We’re finding that seeing and hearing a favorite author in an on-page video is a very evocative experience, and we’re very excited to be working with TurnHere to provide it to our members.” Added TurnHere CEO and founder Bradley Inman: “As we continue to forge new relationships with a diverse range of Web partners, we are reaching a very engaged online audience never before tapped into by the publishing market.”

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Amazon Offers Early Galleys, Online Payments

Though Amazon tried this idea once before without much success, the company has decided that sending out ARCs to hand-picked customer reviewers is a good thing, Ergo, Amazon Vine, which will “help our vendors generate awareness for new and pre-release products by connecting them with the voice of the Amazon community: our reviewers. Vine members, called Voices, may request free copies of items enrolled in the program and have the ability to share their opinions before these products become generally available.” The folks at LibraryThing note similarities to its own early release program.

Also, Marketwatch reports that Amazon will offer an online payments service that could compete with similar services from eBay and Google. Web services evangelist Jeff Barr said in a blog post that the company is formally introducing Amazon Flexible Payments Service, or FPS, which is intended to let developers build secure payment systems for their Internet sales. “As of this post FPS is now in a limited beta,” Barr said, adding however that “the entire payment system is fully functional.”

Web 2.0 Publishing Roundup

  • Booktour.com, whose existence we first announced on GalleyCat during BEA, has now gone live.
  • As first reported here yesterday morning, Shelfari and Facebook have teamed up to launch the Shelfari Facebook Application. [The Book Standard]
  • Compare and contrast the three main social networking sites for books: Shelfari, Goodreads and LibraryThing. [PW]
  • And now add a fourth one: LovelyBooks.
  • Google adds a Japanese partner in the form of the Keio University Library.