Some heartstopping (for me) highlights from the article include:
•Comments are open and create a conversation. For example, on Edge of Seventeen the majority of the posts each have comments from at least 5 different readers.
•The blogs are personal. Pictures of the employees appear frequently and personal contact information is provided – readers are even encouraged to email and ask for specific recommendations.
•Edge of Seventeen is devoted to teen titles – whether the reader is a teen or not – and is primarily made up of reviews and interviews.
And there's an image of Edge of Seventeen posted too:
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BookNet provides a great service for booksellers and publishers in Canada and The Globe & Mail has called it "the book industry's supply chain nerve centre".
And speaking of comments--I am getting a huge increase in spammy comments on the blog. I *love* reading and responding to comments left here. I really look forward to them. I love your feedback and hearing your opinions, seeing what everyone's reading, but I hate that spam really affects the tone that I am trying to set here. So I have set up comment moderation in the sense of monitoring comments left before they are officially published. Everything you may leave here will still be published, I will just be able now to stop spam before it starts! I really hope this won't offend any readers. I've been to other blogs and have seen comment moderation in action, I'd like to see how it works for me.