We’ve just finished a new feature for publishers called “LibraryThing for Publishers. Like LibraryThing Local, Local Book Search, LibraryThing for Libraries and LibraryThing Authors, LibraryThing for Publishers is about linking arms with another important player in the book world, for everyone’s benefit.
Publishers: LibraryThing for Publishers is free and open to any legitimate publisher. It’s dead-simple to upload your titles.
UPDATE: Here’s the video about how to join.
What You Get. LibraryThing for Publishers gives publishers three key things:
- A box on the work page of all their titles.
- Publisher pages.
- Hundreds of links from LibraryThing. LibraryThing has a high PageRank.*
- A new way to connect with the publishers they love
- A way to browse publishers’ titles
- As we move this forward publishers can help on the data end, with better, less restricted book data from the people who actually create the books.
Show me. We’ve launched with five publishers, covering eight imprints. We thank them for their willingness to try something new!
You can see the the new publisher pages, and publisher boxes on work pages in these examples.
- Orbit Books and Soulless
- Zondervan and The Case for Faith
- Taylor Trade Publishing and That’s Not in My American History Book.
- Tundra Books and Word Nerd. Tundra also operates Livres Toundra.
- Osprey Publishing and The Vikings. Osprey also operates Shire Publications, with books like Discovering Book Collecting, and Angry Robot, with books like Sixty-One Nails.
Some details. LibraryThing for Publishers includes a few nifty features, including:
- LibraryThing’s first “shelves” interface (see the earlier blog post). Shelves are doing a lot more on publisher pages than on tag pages.
- Faceted tagging, where one set of books (a publishers’) is sliced and diced by a tag. For example, here are Orbit Books’ Urban Fantasy books, and here are Zondervan’s
Youth Ministry books.
- Reviews by publisher (eg., Zondervan)
- An enhanced members page, with mini-shelves for top members.
*LibraryThing has a Google PageRank of 8, on par with the Boston Globe, and higher than any of our competitors or any publisher we’ve found. Why publishers do so poorly in the link game is the topic for another post, but we aim to do what we can do help publishers out.