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Monday, September 07, 2009

BookBuzzr: A Free Promotional Tool for Writers

If you saw my recent post about the launch of my novella The Festival on Lyris Five, you may have seen that in the article concerned I included a 'widget' that enabled viewers to read the first few pages of the story.

To save you referring back to the post in question, I've copied the widget below...

If you are receiving this post by email or RSS, you may need to visit my blog to see the widget.

The widget is actually a promotional device called BookBuzzr. It's available free of charge to authors and publishers via the Freado website.

The BookBuzzr widget has been designed to reproduce the experience of reading a physical book as closely as possible.

If you click on 'Read Now' in the widget, a virtual representation of the book will open in a new window or browser tab. Clicking on the corner of a page will turn it over, whilst clicking on the page itself will zoom the text.

Once you have set up your widget, you can publish it on your blog, website, Facebook page, and so on. What's more, the code is freely available, so all your friends and colleagues can publish it on their sites as well. Feel free to publish mine, if you like - just click on Share at the foot of the widget!

Of course, as well as an extract, the widget reveals how readers can buy the book if their appetite has been whetted. And it gives access to reviews and other information, as supplied by yourself. BookBuzzr can be used for both conventional printed books and e-books.

I've been very pleased with the additional publicity (and sales) BookBuzzr has helped to generate for The Festival on Lyris Five. If you have a book or e-book yourself, I recommend visiting the Freado site and creating your own BookBuzzr widget today. It's free, after all, so what have you got to lose?!

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Anonymous Freya said...

Hi Nick

Thank you for your review of BookBuzzr. Loved the way you have covered all details in a simple manner.

Am so glad BookBuzzr was beneficial for your book 'The Festival on Lyris Five'. Its wonderful to see at work helping authors.


9:16 AM  
Blogger Vikram Narayan said...

Hi Nick,

Thanks so much for this blog post. Also, loved The Festival of Lyris Five (the illustrations inside the book are a really neat touch!)


Vikram Narayan
Free, Online Book-Marketing Technology for Authors

10:25 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Freya and Vikram. And thank you for making this valuable tool available free of charge to the world-wide writing community.

Glad Vikram enjoyed reading my novella too. Yes, the illustrations by Louise are excellent, aren't they?

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing Nick! I'm definitely going to use this for my lucid dreaming e-book :)

11:21 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

No problem, Rebecca. Good luck with your lucid dreaming e-book.

8:25 AM  

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