How to blog about books

First, there is no right way! Just type something about what youโ€™ve read or want to read, hit post, and youโ€™re good. However, we have built a few book-specific features in to Micro.blog that arenโ€™t obvious on first glance.

My favorite is the book search. Enter an ISBN-13 or a book title and author, and Micro.blog will return a list of books it finds using Open Library and ISBNdb. From there, you can click to automatically draft a post with the book title, link, and author. You can then add some commentary or just publish it as-is.

Blog posts that contain the books emoji ๐Ÿ“š will get collected in our Discover โ†’ Books collection. If the post includes a link to Micro.blog with the ISBN (micro.blog/books/isbn-here, added for you by the book search), then Micro.blog will also show the blog post on our book covers grid, which is another fun way to discover what people on Micro.blog are reading.

A nice bonus with including ๐Ÿ“š in your posts is that itโ€™s easy to tell Micro.blog to add all your book-related posts to a category on your blog. Click on Categories โ†’ Edit Filters and make a filter that assigns the Books category whenever a post contains that emoji.

Micro.blog also supports indiebookclub. It uses the Micropub API to publish blog posts, and Micro.blog will format them so they are also included in the book covers and Discover collection.

Personally, Iโ€™ve been reading a lot the last few months. Iโ€™ve also started to use Goodreads more, in addition to blogging about books I finish on my own site, to better understand what additional features we could build around books for Micro.blog.

Manton Reece @manton
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