Sens Critique: Social Book and Culture Reviews, the French Way

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: “It’s all about de-materialization,” says Clément Apap, co-founder of Sens Critique (Critical Sense), a new virtual library for books, films, TV series, graphic novels and music –- which launched in December and has already attracted 85,000 users. Users can join Sens Critique for free or simply adopt the site as something akin to a cultural magazine. …

Social Entertainment Site GetGlue Launches IPhone App

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg A growing social networking site focusing on books, movies, video games, television shows, and music launched its iPhone app yesterday, reported eBookNewser. The site, called GetGlue, allows users to ‘check-in’ (ala FourSquare) with what they’re currently watching, reading, playing, or listening to. And similarly to FourSquare, users receive stickers that reflect their interests, and are occasionally eligible …

Have Online Ads Led You to New Authors?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at a quiet advertising program offered by Goodreads.com which claims to have achieved good results. Have you ever tried a new author because of an online ad? If so, what was it that made you click on it? And do you find non-book related ads distracting or otherwise inappropriate on literary Web sites? …

Digital Case Study: Can Goodreads Ads Help Unknown Authors Find an Audience?

In English Language by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt Goodreads.com, where authors use social networking to connect with fans and attract new readers, has quietly been building a program that lets writers and publishers pay to kickstart interest in their titles among the site’s 3.4 million book-loving members. Appearing under the label, “Sponsored Books,” the pay-per-click ads typically include a brief description of a title and …