E-book 2013 Summer Reading List

E-book 2013 Summer Reading List

Summer for me – as it is for most readers – is a time for long road trips, family vacations and weekends spent enjoying long summer nights. Thankfully these are all perfect opportunities to catch up on some reading. I own a Kindle Fire and am a member of Goodreads, so it’s usually easy to find and download the latest bestsellers or discover a new book or author off the beaten path.

During the summer I sometimes dive into the classics (I can never tire of reading Pride and Prejudice or Frankenstein) or pick up a romance novel (the plots are typically gag-worthy but an easy read) or return to my favorite series from my favorite authors (my copies of Harry Potter and Dark Tower are falling apart). I’m currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (yes, I jumped on the bandwagon due to the popularity of the HBO show) and Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (a relatively unknown author who got his start on a horror forum).

Here at Booktango we have hundreds of new titles published every month. So, it can be tough to sort through all of our options, but what a lucky problem to have, right? I’ll highlight a few titles that I think are a fun summer read while you’re lounging on the beach or, for those who are stay-vacationing like me, on your porch while enjoying an adult beverage, which happens to be one of my favorite summer pastimes: Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Get Featured in the Booktango Bookstore

5 Tips on How to Get Featured in the Booktango Bookstore

I just provided our content team with a list of the April updates for the Booktango bookstore homepage.  Believe it or not, there is not a systematic program that runs to feed this page. Each month I sit down and carefully review our titles to decide which books to feature.

The bookstore has several carousels of books on the homepage including the top ‘featured’ carousel, Books We Love, Noteworthy Titles and the coveted Booktango Feature Title. I thought I’d share a little bit about my process of choosing which books to feature, and give you five tips to help your book get picked in upcoming months!

1.) Make sure your keywords are updated.  The very first step in my process is to look for books that are relevant to events of the month or related to the season. For the April featured books I searched for the following keywords: April, Spring, Flower, Gardening, Vacation, Bloom, Autism, Earth, Health, Poetry, Baseball, and Mathematics (and a few more).  All of those words have some relevance to April or events going on around this time making them relevant books to feature for the month. Continue reading