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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Bonus batch of Early Reviewer books from Random House

Random House has given us a bonus batch of Early Reviewer books this month!

There are six titles up, and a whopping total of 470 copies to give out. So go sign up (if you haven’t already), and then request your copy to read and review!

The list is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

The deadline to request a copy is Wednesday, April 30th at 6pm, EDT. These books are only available to residents of the US and Canada.*

*In another country? Don’t despair. The May batch, which will be out very soon, includes books for residents of the US, Canada, and the UK and Australia!

Labels: early reviewers, LTER, random house

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Common Knowledge in your library

What just happened. Yesterday saw two huge announcements I’m loathe to “push down.”

(What it didn’t see was an April Fools message, although some took the 160% increase in sources for one! Does this mean we get to fool people later on this year?)

Common Knowledge in your library.

Today we’ve introduced our “Common Knowledge” feature directly into your catalog—allowing members to look at and edit series information, important places and the rest directly in their catalog.

To look at it, go to your catalog and choose the “edit” link to the right of the A, B, C, D, E styles. You’ll see a number of CK fields as options. To edit CK fields, just double-click in the cell. A CK editing “lightbox” will pop up (see right).

Some thoughts. On one level, this is a minor feature. The data was always a click away. But I suspect it will substantially change members’ relationship to Common Knowledge—and make it grow all the faster. Together with my introduction of pages for member’s series, CK now “does” something.

Caveats. Right now you can’t sort by CK fields, and you can’t search by them. Sorting is doable, although it will take some sort. Searching is going to be harder, frankly. But it’s not out of the question. Lastly, we still haven’t solved CK language issues, so you may get series information in a language you don’t understand.

Discuss it here
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Labels: april fools, common knowledge, early reviewers, LTER, new feature, new features, new libraries

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

April Early Reviewer books

April’s batch of Early Reviewer books is up! This month features 66 different books from 33 different publishers, totaling 1,599 copies. It’s our biggest batch ever–I know, I said that last month, but apparently we grow fast around here!

Sign up to get a free advance copy, in exchange for writing a review. If you’re already signed up, make sure to check that your name and mailing address are correct (here). More help available in the Early Reviewers Frequently Asked Questions.

Then just go ahead and request books to read and review! The list of available books is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

The deadline to request a copy is Tuesday, April 8th at 6pm EDT.

New and noteworthy things this round:

Audio books. We have our first audio book in this batch, (Elizabeth Berg’s The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted). Love listening? Tell us, and we’ll try to get more audio books included.

Author Chat. We’re about to debut a new feature, Author Chat. To start, Broadway Books is giving out copies of Tell Me Where it Hurts, Nick Trout’s new book about a day in the life of an animal hospital. Read it, review it, think about it. Then Nick will be on LibraryThing from April 14th through the 30th to answer questions, talk about his work, etc. More details on Author Chats to come, so stay tuned.

New Publishers. As I said, there are 33 different publishers participating this round. Thanks to all of them, and of course, thanks to the publishers that just keep giving us books!

AMACOM Andrews McMeel Publishing Ballantine Books
Beacon Press Bloomberg Press Broadway
Canongate Books Cleis Press Delacorte Press
Dell DiaMedica Egmont
Handsel Books Lantern Books Loving Healing Press
Manic D Press National Geographic North Atlantic Books
Picador Picnic Publishing Random House Audio Publishing Group
Random House Trade Paperbacks Shambhala South Dakota State Historical Society
St. Martin’s Griffin St. Martin’s Minotaur St. Martin’s Press
Staghorn Press Thomas Dunne Books Vertical
W.W. Norton William Morrow Wizards of the Coast Discoveries

You’ll also notice that a few of the books are already released. A few of publishers new to Early Reviewers decided to include some back-list titles as well as new ones, to kick things off. Though we generally prefer pre-publication books, we decided to allow these less “release-driven” titles into the program.

Make sure to check the flags to see whether you’re eligible to receive each book. Most books are open to residents of the US and Canada, several are open to residents of the UK only. Pay attention–only the flags will tell you which is which!

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Bonus batch of Early Reviewer books

I love March. It’s the beginning of Spring. It’s my birth month, and Tim’s as well. So, of course, it’s time for a bonus batch of Early Reviewer books.

Much thanks to Random House for these two books, which both look amazing.

The March bonus batch from Random House includes Salman Rushdie’s new novel, The Enchantress of Florence and Joseph E. Persico’s history of FDR and the women in his life, Franklin and Lucy.

Request your advance copy here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

You have until Saturday, March 22nd at 6pm EDT to request a copy.

Labels: early reviewers, LTER, random house

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

March Early Reviewers

This is, by far, our largest batch of Early Reviewer books yet. March’s batch includes 46 different books from 23 different publishers, totaling 1,172 copies, available to residents in 4 different countries! There’s poetry, literary fiction, chick lit, memoirs, mystery, historical fiction, travel books, cookbooks, history, biography, humor books, and non-fiction books ranging in topics from opera to crime to global warming to the Olympics!

Sign up to get a free advance copy, in exchange for writing a review. If you’re already signed up, make sure to check that your name and mailing address are correct (here). More help available in the Early Reviewers Frequently Asked Questions.

Then just go ahead and request books to read and review! The list of available books is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

The deadline to request a copy is Wednesday, March 12th at noon EDT*.

Make sure to check the flags to see whether you’re eligible to receive each book. Most books are open to residents of the US and Canada, several are open to residents of the UK only, US only, Canada only, or US or Israel only. Only the flags will tell you which is which!

Thanks to all 23 publishers who contributed books this round.

Algonquin Books Andrews McMeel Publishing Ben Yehuda Press
Bloomberg Press Canongate Books Collins
Crown Demos Medical Publishing DK Publishing
Doubleday Books Ester Republic Press FT Press (Pearson)
Gefen Publishing House Kent State University Press King Tractor Press
LJW Publishing New York Review Books Profile Books
Shadow Mountain Shaye Areheart Books (Crown) Three Rivers Press (Crown)
University of Michigan Press William Morrow

Remember, if your favorite publisher hasn’t joined Early Reviewers yet, you can write them a letter and suggest it!

*Daylight Saving Time kicks in on Sunday. If that’s not a sign that warm weather is en route to us in New England, I don’t know what is…

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Monday, February 4th, 2008

February Early Reviewers Books

February’s batch of Early Reviewers books is up!

Sign up now to get free books in exchange for reviews! Once you’ve signed up, request any books that look interesting to you. Then just wait and see if you’ve won a copy to read and review. Questions? Try the FAQ or learn more in the Early Reviewers group.

The deadline to request a book is Tuesday, February 12th at noon, EST.

The list of available books is here: http://www.librarything.com/er/list

We have 29 books this month, (630 copies in total), from 14 different publishers, including a few new (and big) ones – including Collins, Small Beer Press, and The University of Michigan Press..

We even have TWO UK publishers this round—Canongate Books and The Friday Project. Books from those publishers are *only* available to residents of the UK. All other books are open to residents of the US and Canada.

Thanks to these publishers for participating, and welcome to all the new participants!

Update from Tim: We’ve removed one book. As a blog comment pointed out, there is said to be controversy over whether the publisher has the right to publish the book. The publisher puts this front-and-center on their website, claiming the consent is “expressed, albeit obliquely, in the book itself.” If the controversy is real, it’s clearly in violation of copyright. If false—as I suspect—it’s an irritating promotional stunt. Either way, we don’t want to have anything to do with it.

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Bonus Batch of Early Reviewer Books

Random House has once again given us a “bonus batch” of Early Reviewer books. Two books this time, and 230 copies in total.

You have until Tuesday the 22nd to put your requests in:

http://www.librarything.com/er/list

If you requested a book from the big January batch, you’ll find out soon if you won a book or not. Go ahead and request one of these too though, you could end up with *two* books this month!

And if free books isn’t enough for you, go play with our new Series feature (see the blog post below)!

Labels: early reviewers, LTER, random house

Monday, January 7th, 2008

January Early Reviewers books

January’s batch of Early Reviewer books is up! This month has a mix of literary fiction, fantasy, YA fiction, Christian fiction, a memoir, non-fiction, health and how-to books, and more…

Sign up to get free advance copies of books, in exchange for reviews. (Please please please make sure to include your full name and mailing address — it speeds up getting a book to you if you win one).* More help available in the Early Reviewers Frequently Asked Questions.

Then go ahead and request books to read and review! The list of available books is here: http://www.librarything.com/er/list

This month we have 20 books (495 copies in all) from 10 different publishers:

William Morrow

The deadline to request books from this batch is Tuesday, January 15th at noon, EST.

*The country thing: This month we only have books that can be sent to residents of the US and Canada. I *know* there are interested reviewers in many other countries, and we’re trying to find publishers willing to give out books in those countries. I know it’s frustrating, but know that I haven’t given up yet.

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

December Early Reviewer Books

This month’s batch of Early Reviewer books is up! Once again, publishers give us advance copies of books, and we give them to you to read and review. Free!

First, sign up to be an Early Reviewer, if you haven’t already (and make sure to include you full name and mailing address).

Then go ahead and request the books you’d like to read and review! Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for more help.

The list of available books is here: http://www.librarything.com/er/list

The deadline to request copies of these books is Saturday, December 15th at noon, EST.

This month we have 24 books (455 copies in total) from the following publishers:

Eligibility: Most of the books are available to residents of the US and Canada. Books from Gefen are available only to residents of Israel and the continental United States. Every book has a flag (or two) beneath the “Request it!” box—check the flag to see whether you’re eligible to get that book.

LibraryThing in Hebrew Because we now have an Israeli publisher in the mix, we figured it was time to introduce LibraryThing in Hebrew. So http://il.LibraryThing.com is now officially live and ready for translation. More details in this talk post.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a mash of this month’s LTER covers.

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Free books: October Early Reviewer books

I’m thrilled to announce our October batch of books for LibraryThing Early Reviewers. This is by far our largest batch yet—12 publishing houses, 31 different titles, for a grand total of 578 copies to give out!

Thanks to the following 12 publishers, who contributed fiction, non-fiction, poetry and even children’s books:

See all the books and request the ones you’d like to review here: http://www.librarything.com/er/list.

And here’s a mash of all the covers:

The deadline to request one of these books is Wednesday, October 10th at noon EST.

What is Early Reviewers? How do I sign up? Where do I post my review? These questions and more are answered here, in the Early Reviewers FAQ.

There’s been some talk lately on how to score a book—so for the record, the basic algorithm is randomness, but other factors come into play. For one thing, LibraryThing’s matching algorithm will try to match up books with readers, based on the rest of your LibraryThing catalog. And if you complete a review—good or bad!—you’re more likely to get another. Finally, getting a free advanced readers copy comes with NO obligation. Under no circumstances will a bad review change your chance of getting another. More on this in the Rules and Conditions.

Labels: early reviewers, LTER, publishers