Add a bookmark to any profile
It takes a lot of time and energy to create an entire profile, but there's now an easier way. Our vision for Book Drum is a vibrant community where Contributors all over the world share the effort of building and refining first class profiles. If one person has a passion for musical references, they can add bookmarks with Spotify links to the relevant tracks; another might be an art historian who knows just the right painting to illustrate a classical reference; another might have been to one of the exotic destinations mentioned in the book and be able to upload some perfect travel snaps. Giving all those different people access to the same profile while keeping a degree of control over the process is a challenge, but we think we've done it...
Add a bookmark to a published profile
It's required a lot of engineering beneath the covers (thank you, Mark!), but it's now possible for any published Contributor to add a new bookmark to any profile. This applies both to Published and Incomplete profiles. All you have to do is log in and go to the Bookmarks section of the profile. Click the button labelled "Add Bookmark" and the rest is easy. The bookmark will be credited to you and linked to your Contributor Page.
We've restricted this facility to published Contributors for now, while we test the system, but we hope to widen access at a later date. If you can't wait, contact email@example.com and we'll try to accommodate your contribution.
The only difficulty is the variation in page numbering across different editions of the same book. We're still working on a solution to this, but for now please try to use the same edition as the original Contributor to ensure your page numbers match. If that's not possible, try to estimate roughly where your bookmark would fall within the original Contributor's edition, so as to ensure the bookmarks are at least presented in the right order (if you do this, please add this line to the bottom of your bookmark: Page Number Estimated).
Don't forget you can also add your own review to any profile. Just go to the Review page and click "Add Review".
Most Popular Profiles
The Top 5 profiles, by number of Facebook "Likes" are:
1. Saturday by Ian McEwan. Profile by Kathryn Liu
2. The Cure by Antoine Devine. Profile by the author
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker. Profile by Victoria Hooper
4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Profile by Jenny Martin and Kat Matfield
5. Clan by David Elliot. Profile by the author
If you'd like to see your profile in the Top 5, encourage your friends to click the Facebook Like button on the profile index page. This will also plant a link on their Facebook wall, bringing new visitors to your profile.
Thank you, Neil
It's not surprising The Graveyard Book is so popular. Author Neil Gaiman very kindly tweeted about Book Drum and Jenny & Kat's profile to his 1.5 million followers. We're proud to say the site stood up to the huge rush of traffic!
A Contributor Reflects...
On the publication of her fifth profile, Tipping the Velvet, we asked Siân Cleaver to tell us about the titles she's chosen, her experiences of Book Drum, and the appeal of creating such a wide variety of fascinating bookmarks.
Sarah Waters wrote to us to say, "The attention to detail in Book Drum profiles is absolutely awesome. These are real labours of love, and I'm flattered and delighted that Tipping the Velvet has been added to the list"
The Future of Enhanced Books
Our editor, Hector Macdonald, was commissioned to write an article on the emergence of enhanced books for The Author, the journal of the UK's Society of Authors. He interviewed digital entrepreneurs and digital editors on both sides of the Atlantic to survey the options currently open to publishers and authors.
New Profiles Published
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Profile by Donal Mac Erlaine
Bears on the Stairs by Julia Jarman. Illustrations and Profile by Lynne Chapman
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. Profile by Jill Miles
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Profile by Maeve Grant
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. Profile by Marie Nunn
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. Profile by Siân Cleaver
Clan by David Elliot. Profile by the author
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Profile by Ann Morgan
The Cure by Antoine Devine. Profile by the author
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Profile by Susannah Worth and Louise Anne Smith