How To Keep An Effective Record Of The Books You Have Read

For those who love to read, explaining to others why it is absolutely necessary to give into temptation when presented with a new book. Purchasing that new book is almost a compulsion, sometimes it is an urge that simply cannot be ignored. Writer Diane Duane once remarked that reading one book is like eating a single potato chip from an open bag. It might theoretically be possible but in reality, it’s simply not going to happen.

There are ramifications to this unique form of compulsion that sees one purchase books even though there is a substantial pile of books still to be read on flat surfaces around the home of the compulsive. This is one result, the other is a commonplace look of perplexed astonishment at the fact that a book with a different cover, a different typeface, or even a different size or number of pages is, in fact, a book that has been read before.

Clearly, some method of keeping a record of books the reader has enjoyed in the past is essential. The lack of such a method leads to disappointment, frustration, and an anaemic bank account.

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep such a record. Here are some that many dedicated readers (and inadvertent collectors of multiple copies of the same title) might find useful.

1. Survival by Spreadsheet

The are many websites that allow you to record and organize the books and the title you have read. however, some of these websites and apps make your ‘library shelves’ available for public comment and perusal. For many people privacy is important – and that’s where Google Sheets comes into play. The information on your books is stored on the Cloud and is entirely private, but shareable with elected others. It’s free and the search capability is extremely powerful. If there is any downside it’s that if you want to really exploit the power of sheets you’re going to need some knowledge of spreadsheet design, patience, and time.

There are some exceptional templates available on the Internet. Some are free and others may require the payment of a small fee. When compared to buying multiple copies of the same book, even if you pay you’ll be saving money in the medium and long term.

2.  App Appeal

If you want access to a powerful app for keeping track of up to 5,000 titles, all categorized into ‘libraries’ (your 100 personal catalogs available according to preferences), while on the go then Libib app might just be for you. Your 5,000 titles are free to save, as are those various ‘library’ categorizations. It also allows you the freedom to catalogue other media such as movies and music (two examples). You can make your library public for everyone to see, or keep it to yourself and a trusted few.

3. The Greatness of Goodreads

Goodreads is a fabulous place to keep up to date with new titles and see some great reviews that are truly useful in helping you make your choice of your next literary investment. It’s tremendously popular for good reason. Easy to use and packed full of information on the latest releases and a massive number of classics and other releases.

Goodreads also has a powerful tracking feature. It will allow you to input the titles that you have read into ‘shelves’ which initially consist of ‘Read,’ ‘Currently Reading,’ and ‘Want to Read’. You can add more shelves later to add functionality and depth to the way you categorize titles. it’s also easy to use. Search for a tile, if you find it (you probably will) then click on the green ‘Want to Read’ button next to the title. Then you can save it on any of your shelves, rate it with a starring system – and much else. But remember, shelves and reviews are public.

Keeping an easily accessible record of what you have read may not be the key to eternal happiness, but it can make a great contribution to reducing your frustration, at least that’s a step in the right direction.


Success or Failure – Why Book Promotion is Important

In 2020 942 million books were sold in the United States – and if the trend continues it is anticipated that 2022 will see well over a billion books sold in the U.S. Look to the New York Times bestseller list to see just how influential books can be. Social Media experts keep advising us that reading is a lost art and that the future lies in images and short videos – don’t you believe it. People are reading fiction and non-fiction in greater numbers than ever before.

However, the ever-increasing numbers of books reaching the market mean that authors need to go that extra mile when it comes to publicizing and promoting their works. You might have written the next great novel, but if no one is aware of its existence it is going to sit gathering dust on bookstore shelves.

It may cause dyed-in-the-wool lovers of the written word to recoil in horror, but the truth of the matter is that promoting a book, and the effectiveness of that promotion will almost inevitably mean the difference between success and failure in an ever more crowded marketplace. This is why book promotion is important.

Book promotion is essential for far more than making sure those copies leap off the shelves, it has a variety of other advantages and benefits.

Take for instance your personal brand. Readers today are just as interested in the author as they are in the words that he or she has penned. In these days of social media, people like to connect with people. This is why you will see some of the most famous authors in the world doing live question and answer sessions and on Twitter. People want to form a connection with a human being. And remember – this might be your first book, but it probably won’t be your last, and if people recognize your name on the spine or the front cover they are much more likely to purchase that second great novel.

Customer loyalty is one of the tenants of good marketing practice. Ever wonder why people keep going back to those same global brands? It is because they trust them and are loyal. To achieve lasting success you are going to need a loyal reader base. Promotional activity including the tried and trusted methods such as book tours and radio / TV appearances – or even that podcast builds reader loyalty. And those loyal readers are the people who make or break an author. A loyal reader base means future sales are almost always assured.

Of course, the most obvious reason to engage in promotional activity is to boost sales. This brings in new readers or readers who might have been engaged with a different genre. It expands the potential readership base and erodes that dreaded market cap.

Book promotion is vitally important. Authors who fail to promote their works are almost always lost in the noise of millions of other books being published. This is why book promotion is important – if you want the reader to turn that first page you need to encourage them to do so.


Reasons to Get Your Book Reviewed

When you have written a book and made sure it is in line with your vision, it’s time to move on to the next step as soon as you can.

The next step is going to be getting your book reviewed.

If you are an author that has not done this before, it is time to take a look at the merits of heading in this direction. There are numerous benefits of getting your book reviewed and you will be missing out if you don’t consider this a part of your strategy.

Here is a breakdown of the main advantages of getting your book reviewed.

1. Builds Awareness

Building awareness is essential when trying to get the word out about your book. Reviewers can help legitimize the book and what it is all about. it will help spread the word to people they know and that is how you are going to get the book read by more readers.

If you don’t have the necessary reviews, it is not as easy to get the word out. You will struggle as most people want to read something that is already being read.

This is legitimacy and it does matter when it comes to the world of books.

2. Gives Constructive Feedback

It is important to focus on constructive feedback. You are always adapting and learning. It is not just about good reviews. You will want to learn from the average ones too. It is about getting a feel for how people perceive your writing and what can be done to tighten it up for future projects.

3. Helps Celebrate The Book And Achievement

Completing a book is easier said than done. You should not underplay this. It is important to celebrate what you have achieved and that is what you are going to be done by getting the reviews. You will appreciate the power that comes along with them and that is what will bring a smile to your face.

4. Sheds A New Light On The Book

One of the hidden reasons to get your book reviewed is to see it in a new light. Most writers will have one approach to how the book is put together and that is the one they run with. Yes, this is an important perspective but it’s not the only way a book can be understood.

Reviewers will read the book and see it differently and that can open up new horizons. This is what the world of creativity is all about.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons to go out and get your book reviewed. You are going to learn a lot about your book, build awareness while attracting more readers, and also celebrate your writing achievement. These are important benefits that cannot be ignored by those who want to ensure they retain full value for their hard work.

Take the time to focus on these reviews and get the word out there about your book. It will feel empowering and something that will push you in the right direction.