New Book Lists, Widgets on IndieBound.org

Posted by matt on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 1:00pm

Our theme for this round of updates (yes, we picked a theme...) is "Pass it On." We've rolled out a number of significant changes to IndieBound.org to give you more ways than ever before to spread the Shop Indie message.

  • IndieBound Book Lists
    IndieBound.org has had a Wish List feature since Holiday '08, but now each community member can create an unlimited number of book lists. Each list can be given its own name, as well as some introductory text, which is a great place to include a ship-to address, tax deductible information, and more.
  • New Book List Builder
    New lists need new tools, and we wanted to be sure indie fans could build great lists fast. We've created a new list builder function which provides a book search on the left and your book list on the right, so you can add, rearrange, and move books between lists super-fast, all from one screen.
  • Annotate Book List Books
    By popular request! Using the new Book List Builder, you can add notes to each book on your list--for example, to request a signed copy, or to indicate which month your book group will be reading each title.
  • Share Your Lists with the World
    Once you've made a great list of books, you'll want to get it out there. We've provided several ways to do so. You can email your list to mutual friends on IndieBound.org, or to any group of email addresses. We've provided printable versions of each list that you can take with you for in-store shopping. And each list is syndicated as an RSS feed, so you can plug it into any RSS/XML widget on your blog or Facebook page.
    We're also working on public venues on IndieBound.org to show off the newest and best book lists.

But wait, there's also...

  • IndieBound Book Widgets!
    You can also add book lists to your blog or website in a fun, interactive way using our new IndieBound Book Widgets. These lightweight JavaScript widgets can be created from any book list, or from the Indie Bestseller Lists or Indie Next List. Affiliates may include their affiliate ID to collect a commission from sales. Widgets are available in a variety of sizes and with a completely customizable palette of colors. And each book can link either to IndieBound.org, or to one of your favorite stores that offers online shopping.

As always, frequent site visitors may need to refresh their browsers to see some of the changes.
There's much more to come, including an update bringing these book lists to IndieBound for iPhone. Stay tuned.
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