The brand spankin’ new platform for bookworms, Book+Main, is finally live!! HOORAY! So now what?
For starters, it’s important to understand that the whole premise behind Book+Main is that authors are the content creators and the readers are the curators. There are no ads, no algorithms, and no spammy “BUY ME NOW!” posts. It was our founder’s vision to deliver stories in their purest form and get them in the hands of new readers. If that doesn’t excite your little book nerd heart, I’m not sure what will.
You’ve registered and logged in … and unsure of what it all means. There’s so much to discover, where do you even begin?
Well I’m here to help you make sense of this game-changing platform. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Access Book+Main Bites
If you haven’t gotten this far, the Book+Main platform can be accessed one of two ways. First, from your personal computer at www.bookandmainbites.com. Secondly, you can access the site from your mobile device on both Android and iOS. Go ahead and download the app … I’ll wait!
Register & Create Your Account
There are two types of accounts available: Reader and Author. And today I’m just addressing the reader account, though I’ll share a little info about the author end so you can better understand how to best utilize the platform. Registration is easy, you select a user name and off you go.
Book+Main is more fun with friends, so track down your fellow bookworms by name or user name in the search bar and give them a follow. The larger net you cast, the more authors you’ll discover.
Search by Trope
We know that most readers are mood readers. Some days you want that sweet second chance romance and others you want the rom-com or maybe a dark, sultry piece. So when you’re in the mood for a specific type of book, but don’t know what to read next, search the tropes in the search bar.
Whenever an author provides a Bite they assign trope-specific search data. So if you decide you’re in the mood for a Romantic Comedy, you select the Rom-Com trope and it’ll generate a list of Bites that have been uploaded by authors and meet that specific criteria. The Bite itself is an except, deleted scene or piece of bonus content. The cool part is, is from the search function the author and book are both a mystery until you’re viewing the Bite.
The flames you see associated with each Bite are the sizzle rating of the individual Bite itself and not necessarily reflective of the whole book. So on my page, you may find that An Unforgivable Love Story has Bites with a flame ratings of 1 and 5. It all depends on the respective scene the author has provided.
Find Bites You Love
Once you’ve searched and found a bite you love, there are several things you can do. First and foremost, if you like what you’ve read and want to read more, you can click the book icon at the bottom of the Bite to access the links to purchase the book right then and there.
Second, you can “like” the Bite. Third, you can comment directly on the Bite with your thoughts. And fourth, you can share it with your own friends and followers.
Sharing is Caring
When you share a Bite, that snippet will drop into your Shared feed and will show up in the Shared section of all of your followers. It’s your way of shouting from the rooftops, “This Bite is glorious and everyone should read it!!!” It’s your seal of approval. Your recommendation. Your … you get the picture, right?
So not only is it important to Share the Bites you love, but also check your Share feed to learn which Bites your fellow bookworms are loving, too!
Follow the Authors You Love
Stay up to date with all of your favorite authors by giving them a follow, accessible from each of their profile pages. Push notifications will automatically be enabled, so if you want to turn those on or off, you can do so from their individual profile page by clicking the button at the top of their profile.
Authors you follow will automatically have their content fed into your stream of Bites, the first tab on your main page, appearing in real time. And if you haven’t noticed already, you’ll find an awesome mix of traditionally published and indie authors in the romance genre!
Discover New Authors
Beyond discovering new authors by searching the Tropes and seeing what your friends have Shared, you also have a Discover tab. The content shown here are Bites from authors you are not yet following and will appear in real time as they’re loaded into Book+Main.
If you find a new author that you love in the Discover tab, simply click their profile photo at the top of the Bite, and it’ll take you to their profile where you can follow them and check out all of their other Bites, Books and Shares.
Tell Your Book Loving Friends!
As I mentioned earlier, the more the merrier! So help spread the word to your book club, online reader groups, fellow bibliophiles and come discover all that Book+Main has to offer. And I have a feeling that all of this is just the tip of the iceberg!
Oh, and once you’re setup, be sure to give yours truly a follow! We should absolutely be friends over there!
I’m an author. How can I get involved?
I’m so glad you asked! I have an entire blog post dedicated to helping you get yourself up and going. Head on over to the Book+Main Author Fireside Chat to wrap your head around being an author on this groundbreaking new platform!
If you have any questions about Book+Main, what it’s about or how to get involved as an author, let me know! I’m one of the founding authors on the platform and have spent the past three months helping iron out the gremlins to ensure you guys have an awesome new sandbox to play in! I am more than happy to help answer any questions … and while I may not have the answer right away, I promise to help figure it out!