In this Update: eBooks added, contest revamp, Book Giveaway option, Program now open to Bloggers Outside US

Blogging for Books Newsletter

Feb. 8, 2012

Dear *|FNAME|*,

A few quick updates from your friends Ashley and Chris at Blogging for Books...

New Feature - Weekly Book Update

Starting next Tuesday, you will begin receiving a weekly email that will tell you all of the books you are able to choose from. You will receive this email every week, even if you have a book out and a review pending. As a reminder, books are continually being requested. You'll get this email every Tuesday at 10am MT. It will tell you how many books are left at that time. Come Tuesday evening or the next day, it's possible that those titles could have been picked through.

If you would like to opt out of this weekly update, you can do so by logging in at www.BloggingForBooks.org and then clicking on "Manage Account" in the top right corner. Scroll down and uncheck the box that says, "Opt-in to receive Weekly Blogger Emails."

eBooks & Print Books + Klout

As many of you know, we have 9,000 bloggers signed up for Blogging for Books. While we'd love to give out print copies to everyone, that simply isn't feasible. We will soon be launching a new update Kloutthat will allow you to connect your Blogging for Books account to Klout.com. Klout is a website that measures how much influence you have through your blog, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

If you have a Klout score of around 30 or higher, you will find a larger selection of print books and a larger selection of books altogether. We plan on launching this improvement in the next few weeks, so if you do not have a Klout account, we encourage you to set one up in anticipation of this new feature. In order to connect your Blogging for Books account to Klout you will also need to have a Twitter account. We don't expect you to Tweet, but this is the way we connect Blogging for Books to Klout (through your Twitter account).

How We Release Books

Once we launch this new Klout feature, we will be releasing books based on three levels:

Level 1: Klout account not connected and no review rankings

Level 2: Klout score above 30 or Minimum Review Ranking of 50

Level 3: Klout score above 50 or Minimum Review Ranking of 150

In this scenario, if we were adding a new book we would make a certain number of print and eBook copies available for each level. To help clarify, let's say we make 300 print copies and 300 eBook copies of Life Without Limits available. We offer 100 copies to those in level 1, 100 print copies for those in Level 2 and 100 copies for those in Level 3. We also make 100 copies of the eBook available in each level. In this scenario, those who do not have their account connected to Klout or a minimum review ranking would be able to choose from those 100 copies. If all 100 print copies are requested from level 1, but no copies are selected from level 2 or 3, there will be no print copies available for those in Level 1, but there will still be 100 copies for those in Level 2 and those in Level 3 (wow, this is getting long winded!). The same scenario would apply to eBooks.

This allows us to make sure those with more Klout and more review rankings will have a better selection of books and more print books made available to them. For those of you in Level 3, you'll have the option to request a print and eBook copy of any title.

eBook FAQ

Q: I don't have an eBook Reader, can I still read eBooks?

A: Yes. You can download Adobe Digital Editions to read eBooks on your Mac or PC. There are also other options for reading on a mobile device using the Bluefire app, but getting this to work can be a bit tricky. You cannot read eBooks using a Kindle, Kobo or Nook apps on phones or tablets.

Q: I'm having issues loading the eBook to my Nook, Sony eReader, iPad, iPhone, mobile phone or other eReading device. Help!

A: For help downloading to a Nook, click here. For help downloading to a Sony eReader, Kobo or other device, click here. For help downloading to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, click here.

Q: Why does my eBook only last 60 days?

A: First off, if you have a Kindle, the 60 day rule does not apply to you. If you transfer to an actual Kindle, you will have the eBook forever. That said, if you are trying to read an eBook on any other device or through the Bluefire app or through Adobe Digital Editions, the eBook will remain on your device for 60 days. Why only 60 days? It's not that we don't want to give you the eBook forever, it's that with all devices (except the Kindle) we are basically "hosting" the eBook on your device. And to host it, we have to pay Edelweiss a set amount for each eBook we host. We'd love to give you the eBook to keep forever, but the longer we give you to keep it on your device, the more expensive it becomes for us as a publisher. We want to offer as many books as possible to as many bloggers as possible, so limiting the amount of time on your device makes it possible for as many bloggers to participate as possible.

View more eBook question on the Blogging for Books FAQ Page


As always, thanks for being a Blogging for Books blogger!

If you have any questions, you can reach us at BloggingForBooks@waterbrookmultnomah.com

In Christ,

Ashley's Signature

Ashley Boyer
Publicist
WaterBrook Multnomah
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Chris' Signature

Chris Sigfrids
Online Marketing Manager
WaterBrook Multnomah
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