Introducing Reading Lists from Books2Read!

Posted by: Kevin Tumlinson 3 weeks, 1 day ago

When we created Universal Book Links, we changed the game—giving authors a tool that lets them send readers to everywhere a book is sold online, from a single link.
Author Pages and Book Tabs built on the power of UBLs to give you and your work a home online, even if you didn't have a website. Promote a book, create custom carousels for your series, and send readers to a unique landing page to learn more and buy your book from their favorite store.

Now we’re taking Books2Read to the next level.


Introducing Reading Lists—a powerful new tool that lets you share the books you love with readers everywhere.

B2R Reading Lists are customizable carousels of books that draw from your Universal Book Links, allowing you to showcase a collection of books grouped by any theme you want. 
Take a look at this quick overview of features!
(full walk-thru below)

Here are just a few ways to
put Reading Lists to work: 

Check out an example of Books2Read Reading Lists!
Showcase your own books—Create a list that has multiple, customizable carousels, and showcase your books by series, preferred reading order, or even by themes. Maybe one carousel features “books about sea voyages” while another features “books with red covers.” It’s up to you! 

See an example at books2read.com/rl/wtra-tdl

Showcase other authors—Got a reading list you want to share with clients or maybe people who read your blog or listen to your podcast? Reading Lists let you build using any Universal Book Links you’ve created, including those leading to the books of other authors! Give your audience a list of self-help books you recommend, or your preferred reading order for Jack Reacher novels, or maybe a list of books grouped by holiday. Spooky stories for Halloween? Heartwarming romances for Valentine’s Day!

Make it private or public—
Maybe you just want to keep an ongoing list of the books you’ve read, broken down by year. No need to share, you can keep that totally private! Or you can build a Reading List of self-published favorites and share it far and wide, direct to Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you like!




Take a look at how Reading Lists could be used for podcasts, blogs, or anything else!
Make it your own–Reading Lists are customizable! Choose from our gallery of header images, or upload an image of your own. Put up an image that ties in with your theme, or brand your page for a business or service. Build a banner that features a scene from your books, or includes a photo of your favorite vista. You can make your Reading List look and feel the way you want! Plus, every carousel allows you to add a bit of text to tell readers a little more about that group of books. Type up a description of your series, or tell readers why they should read this particular collection. You can use standard formatting (bold, italics, underline) and even include hyperlinks within the text!

Check out another idea for using Reading Lists to create collections that readers will love!

Feature a hero—
A brand new feature for Reading Lists is the single-book carousel! If you have only one book in a carousel, it will appear bigger and more prominent. And you can include text to give a synopsis or let readers know how this book made you feel (or anything else you care to say!).

Make a little extra cash—
Since Reading Lists are built on our Universal Book Link technology, you can include your affiliate links for every book you feature! Just add your affiliate codes after you log in to Books2Read.com, and click on My Account. From there, every UBL you create will have your affiliate codes built in! And that means that every book in your custom Reading Lists will also include those affiliate codes—earning you money every time someone purchases a book through one of your lists!



You can watch the complete video walk-thru
for B2R Reading Lists here:

Time to Get Creative!

This is such a powerful tool, there’s no end to the ways you can use it. Get in there, try it out, and have fun.
And let us share in the good times! When you create your Reading Lists, share them via Twitter, Facebook, and everywhere, and tag us so we can see them! Use this hashtag so we won’t miss a thing: #ReadingLists

Follow us on Twitter: @draft2digital and @indiebooks2read
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We can’t wait to see how creative you can be!





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