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BookLikes Adds New Languages to Digital Book Community

booklikesBookLikes, a social networking blog platform for authors and readers, has redesigned its website and added new features to the BookLikes Community.

The redesign brings with it a new book data base which includes catalogs of books in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Dutch. Check it out: “New book search options and book pages present the new ways of book discovery, including language editions, tagged posts and reviews.  BookLikes members are able to switch between language editions of a given title giving the blog platform a worldwide reach and an overview of the reading preferences on a global scale.”

 “The new book data base is a huge step for BookLikes development. I believe this will allow us to provide the best user experience for book bloggers from all around the world even faster,” stated Dawid Piaskowki, BookLikes’ CEO.

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Digital Writing Community Widbook Marks 200,000 Members

widbookDigital writing community Widbook, a collaborative online destination that lets users read, write and publish eBooks, now has more than 200,000 users. The company reached the milestone this month.

“We are really happy about what we have achieved. In our community, readers and writers find the chance to have their stories told and read by an audience from all continents,” explained Flavio Aguiar, CEO of Widbook, in a statement. “With this incentive, we strive to further develop the platform so as to always offer a top-notch user experience. Widbook will bring great new developments in 2014.”

The tool is great for collaborative writing as you can co-write books with other writers in different locations. The editor tool lets users invite others to participate in the content and add their own text and edits. In addition, users can add videos, links, photos and illustrations to help make the book more interactive. Writers can share their works with the community of readers to solicit feedback or build an audience.

Random House Integrates Website With Pinterest

pinterestRandom House has partnered with Pinterest to help readers connect with books through digital pinboards.

Through the partnership, Random House is adding a Pinterest API to its website and will feature the social network’s most current popular pins related to books on the center of Randomhouse.com. The integration will include “Pinterest Favorites” which will highlight the most popular pins from different time periods, as well as prominent links to Pinterest through related boards.

The idea is to help site visitors discover new books, as well as to increase the number of readers pinning books. It will also help make the publisher’s websites more colorful. The integration will begin with Randomhouse.com but will follow on the publisher’s other sites.

Random House Acquires Figment

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Random House Children’s Books has acquired Figment, an social network for teen readers and writers with more 300,000 members.

The site was founded by former CEO Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear. Lewis now serves as the publishing director of Crown/Broadway/Hogarth at Random House. Here’s more from the release:

The Figment community has become an online hub for teens passionate about creating, discovering, and sharing stories, with the majority of users between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Among the site’s many features are book recommendations and spotlights from across publishers and over 20,000 different discussion groups and forums. The users of Figment have produced nearly three-quarters of a million stories, a library that is added to every day, and have shown incredible enthusiasm for connection and interaction with a range of books and authors.

How Wattpad Changed Publishing in the Philippines

Community writing site Wattpad currently counts 15 million users from around the world who 3.5 billion minutes on the community writing site.

In a recent Copyright Clearance Center interview, Wattpad co-founder Allen Lau explained how the mobile-driven storytelling platform changed publishing in the Philippines. Check it out:

The publishing system over there is not as established. But it doesn’t change the desire of the people. People still love to read, and people still love to write. But without an established system, the outlet doesn’t exist for those people. So in the case of the Philippines, one thing quite interesting is, as you may know, it’s also a bilingual country. So some of the Filipino writers, they actually started writing in our English community first, and then they realized, hey, I can actually write in Tagalog. So some of the writers, they started to write Tagalog stories, and then grew the community from there … each country has their own stories, but what we’ve seen in common is the storytelling is very universal.

New Book Sharing Site Goes Live

BookLikes, a new book sharing site for readers, has officially gone live.

The company founders spent the past eight months beta-testing it and were able to gather 8,000 users.

Here’s more from the release:

BookLikes is a blog platform designed particularly for people interested in books, with functions dedicated to readers which makes it a better choice for book bloggers than other platforms, e.g. Blogspot, Tumblr or WordPress. The service makes it possible to easily share book reviews using specially designed templates. Users can look for books from the largest bookstores from all over the world, connect books with their writing and shelve them on a personal virtual bookshelf.

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How To Find the Book on the Tip of Your Tongue

Trying to remember a book you read as a child? Need help finding the title of a short story you loved in college?

Post your query on the Tip of My Tongue page at Reddit–thousands of dedicated readers will help you find the book.

One reader also suggested three other alternatives: AbeBooks’ BookSleuth forum, Barnes & Noble’s Lost Books forum or Amazon’s Askville forum.

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Wanelo Collections for Writers, Readers & Publishers

Wanelo has grown quite popular among young Internet users lately. Below, we’ve linked to five Wanelo collections to help writers, readers and publishers explore the rapidly growing social network for young shoppers.

Wanelo users browse collections of quirky and stylish things, and they can buy the item in a few short clicks. Authors and publishers do have an opportunity to share books on the new site, and popular books have been shared thousands of times. At the same time, readers can buy lots of literary items in the sprawling store. Check it out:

Every product you see on Wanelo was posted by hand by a member of Wanelo’s growing community, via our desktop browser bookmarkletWanelo for iPhone and iPad, or that POST+ link you see at the top of this page. On Wanelo you can: Collect products. Start with what’s Trending today, or follow some storespeople andcollections, then check out your feed. Save products you like. Post products. Anyone can post any product from any online store. Sell products. Store pages are created when members post products from a new store. If products from *your* store have been posted on Wanelo, you can claim it.

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Manage Your Writing Connections with LinkedIn Contacts

Do you struggle to manage your publishing industry and writing connections? LinkedIn has created a new tool to help you keep on top of your professional relationships.

AppNewser has all the details:

LinkedIn has introduced a new feature called LinkedIn Contacts, to help users better manage their relationships with their professional contacts. Call it CRM for professional networkers. Using the tool, LinkedIn users can bring together contacts from their address books, email account, and calendar. This information is overlaid with details about past conversations and meetings on that contact’s profile.

LinkedIn Acquires Pulse in Bid To Be a ‘Professional Publishing Platform’

LinkedIn has acquired the social reading company Pulse, making its bid to become a “professional publishing platform.”

AppNewser has all the details about the transaction. Products and user experience SVP Deep Nishar explained why they bought Pulse:

We are thrilled to be able to add Pulse’s considerable talent, technology, and products to our growing ecosystem of content offerings, and we believe that they will help us accelerate our ability to deliver to our members the insights they need to be better at what they do, on any device … to continue to deliver that value to our members, our vision for content is that LinkedIn will be the definitive professional publishing platform, and Pulse is a perfect complement to this vision.

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