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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is SuggestedReading·com?
Basically what the name implies. A site where users make and discuss reading recommendations. It is also an Amazon.com Associate meta-site. More about that below.
What is a suggested reading?
A suggested reading (or a readme for short) is a user post recommending a specific book to other users and visitors. Registered users can suggest readings and comment on others.
Why aren't they just called reviews?
Because reviews can be good or bad. We only want readmes. This is not a site to bash books, even ones that deserve it. It's a site to recommend to others ones you've enjoyed or were important to you.
What should I write in a readme?
It is up to you. The more creative and interesting you can be, the more positive votes you'll probably get for it.
Is there anything I can't post?
Yes, but pretty much only one thing. Reviews you've submitted elsewhere or didn't write. Often, though not here, when you submit a review online your are giving the rights to the site. Meaning the review is no longer yours at all. You cannot post things you didn't write or don't own.
Can I suggest a book that was already suggested?
Yes, but if you don't write a good readme or you post something that was just posted, other users might down vote you for it.
This is a discussion site as well as a recommendation site. Part of the point of making a suggested reading is what you write about it. So doing one for a book that's already been done might be a good idea. One user's suggestion for a book might turn people off, another might make them reconsider. Registered users can also vote on suggestions.
What is prestige?
Users can vote on each readme and comment. If they give it good votes, its prestige rises. If they give it bad votes, it sinks.

Privacy and user information

What is your privacy policy?
Read our privacy policy.
How do I change my registered username, password, email and preferences?
See the user information page.
What are your terms of service?
Read the terms of service.

ISBN

What is an ISBN?
International Standard Book Number. Most professional publications in the world have one. Find out more about them.
Why do you ask for the ISBN instead of the book title on the suggested reading form?
So that we can avoid having recommendations for Grate Expectations and David Coperfield with one P. ISBNs being perfectly regular and checksummed makes them very difficult to get wrong (or invent false books). It also lets us use Amazon.com's webservices to get additional book details and provide shopping links.
How do I find a book's ISBN?
We have a lookup form so you can find them. It gives you a button to auto-fill the ISBN on the suggest reading form.
They are also printed on a book's publication information page with the copyright and they are included in the bar code of most all new books. Since ASINs correspond to ISBNs for books, you can look up ISBNs via Amazon.com's book search. The book's detail page will list an ASIN; it's the same thing.
What is an ASIN?
The Amazon.com Standard Identification Number. For the purpose of books, it is interchangeable with the ISBN.
Which ISBN do I use for multiple editions of one book?
Whichever you want. Eventually, not right now, we will have all the editions tied so it won't matter which you pick. For now, just pick whichever you prefer, whether it's paperback, hardback, reprint, etc.

Amazon.com Associates

Why do you link Amazon.com instead of a non-commercial resource like isbn.nu?
SuggestedReading·com is an Amazon.com Associate and Web Services user.
What does being an Amazon.com Associate mean?
We link items to them for SuggestedReading·com as well as the users who post here and are also Associates. Associates earn a referral fee when purchases are made via a click-through from this site. You can read more about it at Amazon.com.
How can I get Associate referrals via SuggestedReading·com?
Apply to be an Associate with Amazon.com. It's free. Once you have an Associate ID, just add it to your user account on your preferences page.
So, you're just out to make money?
No. We're trying to create a fun, deep, timely, and long-term resource for readers. We are dedicated to improving the site over time and adding features like book club listings, writers' resources, and more. If we can make money along the way, we can afford more staff, faster webservers, better service, et cetera. By being an Amazon.com Associate meta-site we are trying to add value for users too.
Do your users make money?
There is no guarantee of it. Every user that is already an Amazon.com Associate can register their Associate ID. Every book link in a suggested reading gets an Associate ID. The forumla for deciding which ID gets used is complicated and varies depending on who has linked the book. The user who wrote the suggested reading is not guaranteed to have their Associate tag served.
How do you choose which Associate ID to put in shopping links?
SuggestedReading·com is picked 10% of the time. 90% of the time, users who have posted the book are picked, as long as their suggestions have positive prestige.
What if there is no review with positive prestige?
We serve the 90% to one of our favorite charitable Associates. These include [no one yet, we haven't got a list of organizations that are also Associates—if you know one, please let us know].

Voting and the meritocracy

How do I go up levels?
Gain experience and interact with the site. You can get experience by posting readmes, voting, making comments, and just showing up. You can lose experience by doing things like commenting on your own readme.
Why do negative votes count more strongly than positive votes?
Online forum users tend toward generosity. Negative votes are weighted more heavily to compensate.
I have plenty of experience points, why aren't I going up levels?
Experience can be gained (and lost) in may ways and it's not the only requirement for levels. You also have to post readmes and participate in discussions. Check the level table to see more about it.
Why isn't my vote worth what I expect?
SuggestedReading·com is a meritocracy not a democracy. The more you do here, the more your votes count. We believe it's only fair that a user who contributes to the site for an extended time has more say on the site than a user signing in for the first time.

Miscellaneous

What other services do you offer?
Book club listings. We'll have an RSS/XML feed for book of the day soon. If you have suggestions for other services, please let us know!
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