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BookGlutton’s playing favorites. Now you can mark any book as a FAVORITE. Once you log in, just click on the star icon on any book detail page and it’ll be added to your FAVORITES LIST. The icon won’t show up until you LOG IN, though…’cause how else will we know who’s favorite it is?

Q: Why would I want to do this?
A: To make your favorites easier to find. Trust us – you’ll be using this a lot once you start reading on multiple platforms.

Q: And how do I get to my FAVORITES list?
A: Easy. Log in and look for your PERSONAL SUBNAV in the PAGE HEADER. Click on COLLECTIONS. Essentially your FAVORITES are just one kind of COLLECTION or book list.

Q: I don’t see a star! Where’d it go?
A: See the part about logging in. A whole slew of stuff will show up on the right, too.

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Want to see what people are saying inside a book? Get a feel for it on the book detail page. We now have a LATEST NOTES bar on the right, which pulls out the two most recent public comments. Click on it to get inside the book and say something.

Stand back! We just launched a whole slew of ebooks from Girlebooks on BookGlutton.com. Laura McDonald, owner of Girlebooks, is offering some nicely edited collections of classics as well as a number of originals. Girlebooks aims to make classic and lesser-known works by female writers available to the masses – you can read a ton of them on BookGlutton. So start a group, embed the widget, enjoy the good stuff!

Check out Girlebooks books in our store:
http://www.bookglutton.com/portal/browse/by/publisher/cpid/42

Follow Girlebooks on BookGlutton via their publisher page:
http://www.bookglutton.com/glutton/girlebooks.html

HEADER SCREENSHOT

This week we pushed a new header and footer – a significant change in the Web World and one that makes a lot of sense for BookGlutton. We simplified the heck out of it. Check it out:

  • It only shows public links: those reachable by visitors who haven’t logged in.
  • There’s an infamous Surprise Me link. This bad boy takes you into a random book at any moment.
  • There’s a Notes page that shows a list of the most recent public comments.

AVATAR MENU SCREENSHOT

We’ve also added your own personal submenu. It’ll show up in the header once you log in. It’s superfast. As my brother so eloquently put it: You’ve got all your user settings grouped with your avatar. Cool. Your personal submenu gets you to all the books you’ve opened, uploaded and shared, among other personal content pages.

FOOTER SCREENSHOT

Third, we’ve added what’s called a “deep footer” to the site. This footer is tall so it allows us to better silo company-specific information, APIs, etc. We pull in one of our Twitter feeds, bookgluttonNEWS, so you can get the skinny on updates, mad props and bacon-infusion advice from our interns. You can see it on our homepage.

We just sent out the July newsletter – if it wasn’t whisked directly into your Inbox you can check it out here. This month we’re talking about our new partnership with Random House and the early BookGlutton release of Sacred Hearts (complete with original author comments). We also announce Ed Lamoureux’s new book Free for a Fee, talk about managing your Groups, and go over how to partner up or buy an ad.

Read the July Newsletter.

Laura Sydell wrote an excellent piece about BookGlutton for All Things Considered last week. Called Chat While Reading: The Future of Books? it outlines our service and interviews professors who have used it in a classroom setting. It made our server hiccup – we were terribly excited!

You can read it, or, as we recommend, listen to it here.

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We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Random House that brings authors and readers together. NYT bestselling author Sarah Dunant has a new book coming out mid-July, but you can read the first four chapters of it NOW, on BookGlutton. Even better than this early preview, you can read comments Dunant attached to the book about her characters, research and her own experiences. THAT’s something new, eh?

There’s a lot you can do with Sacred Hearts on BookGlutton beyond reading it: reply to Sarah’s comments, attach your own comments, visit Dunant’s profile page, basically interact with her THROUGH her book, weeks before it comes out in stores. Feel free to ask questions throughout the book for Dunant to answer, as she has a BookGlutton account.

There’s even a special note to BookGlutton readers included in the preview. Check it out!

If you’ve been reading lately you might have noticed something missing…like the control panel at the bottom!

There’s nothing like a little more reading space, is there? If you leave your mouse alone for a while these buttons get the heck out of your way. They slide back up when you move your mouse.

This is even cooler if you use our handy spacebar shortcut (You remember that you can move forward using the handy spacebar key, right?). This newfangled buttonbar fanciness works in Firefox and Safari, so read comfortably, with all the room you crave.

Thanks, interns!

Our summer intern crowd has been helping fix up a few areas of the site. That press pageĀ  that was languishing in obscurity is once again seeing the light of day. See it, totally current, here.

BookGlutton scored a mention in Clive Thompson’s article The Future of Reading in a Digital World, in the June issue of WIRED Magazine. If you’ve got the paper copy it’s on page 50, but you can also read it online. Thanks, WIRED!