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How does this site work?

Post by Bookworm90 » 21 Aug 2013, 14:59

I would like to begin reading and they say this site will pay for reviews so how exactly does this work? When do I start? How do you get paid and how much?

Anyone has these answers?

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Post by Scott » 28 Aug 2013, 22:39

The first post in the following topic has the basic instructions:

http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewto ... f=3&t=9636
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Post by darcyb123 » 31 Aug 2013, 00:34

It is a little confusing to navigate, but I think you have to be a member at least a week before you are able to chose a free book to review. Also, the more posts you make in the forums, the quicker you are able to begin the reading process. Hope this helps! Good Luck
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Post by Scott » 02 Sep 2013, 13:46

You don't have to be a member for a week to get a book to review. Rather the "one week waiting period" for level 0 reviewers means that when a new book becomes available to review, all level 0 reviewers regardless of how long ago they joined will not have the option to review it (and will not even see the opportunity) for a week from the time the book is put up for review. However, to prevent a so-called catch-22 situation in which someone at level 0 never sees any good books to review because they are level 0 but can't increase their level because they cannot find books to review because they are level 0, the one week waiting period is reduced each time the user makes an on-topic post in the forums. Enough posts would mean the waiting period is completely gone. This is explained in more detail by following the appropriate links regarding levels on the Review Team Page, which is also where any information updates or changes will be reflected, as the exact numbers and criteria for levels is subject to change, meaning for instance that the information I have posted in this very post could become outdated a week, a month or a year from now. But I hope what I have posted has cleared something up about the concepts behind the way the review system operates.

Darcyb123, you say "it is a little confusing to navigate". I don't doubt it. Any more information or suggestions you could provide about how it could be easier to navigate would be greatly appreciated. And that goes for everyone, even if you have already figured something out, sending me some feedback about what caused you some confusion or inconvenience helps me improve the system/software.
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Post by Ja5mne » 23 Dec 2013, 02:46

I'm dying here lol U'm not sure if I need 50 post of 160+ posts just to get to a free review. It seems I spend forever trying to get reviews to come up but if there is a level 0 with more posts than me, I'm !@# out of luck for finding something. This is very frustrating to me and from the look of the forums many new users. It just doesn't seem the website is user friendly to people who love to read but who also cant sit for hours trying to an imaginary number of posts that'll "possibly" grant them access to free reviews. The whole if someone has more posts than you even though you're the same level rule really bites.

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Post by Scott » 06 Jan 2014, 18:24

Ja5mne, the problems you describe are really rooted in the fact that there are currently more reviewers looking to review books than there are books to review. This will change. I have an open ticket on the matter. But I am just finishing up sorting through some issues before pushing hard on getting an overflow of review opportunities so that once the numbers of reviews increases they go through quicker and with less hiccups. My main concern now is simply to address any site/server speed issues, as I don't want any website slowdowns or crashes to occur during the increased activity.
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Post by Ja5mne » 07 Jan 2014, 11:49

Awesome thanks Scott!

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Post by Andercyn » 30 Jun 2018, 13:38

Why is it so that I can only add books to my shelves and can't read them?
And every move i make the site keeps logging me out.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 01 Jul 2018, 13:02

Andercyn wrote:
30 Jun 2018, 13:38
Why is it so that I can only add books to my shelves and can't read them?
And every move i make the site keeps logging me out.
The bookshelves are where you can share what you've read, what you want to read and what you are reading. Authors aren't going to give away all those books for free! Sometimes BOTD books are free and the books you review are always free.
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Post by primeRex » 11 Jul 2018, 04:17

Thanks for the ups here. Yet, it still seems to me that newbies need only engage themselves with forum contributions or activities until found worthy of review opportunities. Please is this thesis correct?

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Post by gali » 11 Jul 2018, 05:52

primeRex wrote:
11 Jul 2018, 04:17
Thanks for the ups here. Yet, it still seems to me that newbies need only engage themselves with forum contributions or activities until found worthy of review opportunities. Please is this thesis correct?
They should if they want to improve their score. The Guideline, Popularity, and Score tabs explain about that.
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Post by Helen_Combe » 11 Jul 2018, 07:13

primeRex wrote:
11 Jul 2018, 04:17
Thanks for the ups here. Yet, it still seems to me that newbies need only engage themselves with forum contributions or activities until found worthy of review opportunities. Please is this thesis correct?
You can read and review a book as soon as you arrive by going to the review team page and selecting a book. However, I strongly advise that you read all the guidelines and FAQs first otherwise navigation will be overwhelming and the review itself must follow formatting rules. The guidelines are under the ’OnlineBookClub.org home’ tab at the top of the page. Posting on forums (not the off topic), taking part in the daily giveaway and posting on the 3 current book of the months will all add to your popularity scores.
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Post by primeRex » 15 Jul 2018, 22:14

Sure thanks for the help. You guys are amazing.

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Post by sjauhar » 12 Apr 2019, 16:58

I would like some help here because every time I try to contact anyone, I am routed back to the FAQs page and that makes me feel stupid. Many of the books available at Level 0 are said to be "free" except many of them aren't really free. I am doing this because I love reading and would like to make a little extra while doing 2 other jobs on top of writing my own novels and running my own blog. But I am a little put off by the promise that these books are free when they aren't. I'm sorry but I cannot afford to purchase these books when I just spent over $1000 trying to save my cat's life from cancer and he didn't make it.

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Post by Gravy » 12 Apr 2019, 19:39

sjauhar wrote:
12 Apr 2019, 16:58
I would like some help here because every time I try to contact anyone, I am routed back to the FAQs page and that makes me feel stupid. Many of the books available at Level 0 are said to be "free" except many of them aren't really free. I am doing this because I love reading and would like to make a little extra while doing 2 other jobs on top of writing my own novels and running my own blog. But I am a little put off by the promise that these books are free when they aren't. I'm sorry but I cannot afford to purchase these books when I just spent over $1000 trying to save my cat's life from cancer and he didn't make it.
Review books are always provided for free.

The process is explained in detail on your Review Team page.
Have you accepted a review opportunity? If you try to just click to the book on Amazon the book will not be free.

Check your preferences. If they aren't set correctly you will be shown formats you don't have access to (such as KU).
Choose the book you want to review and accept the review opportunity. Once you've done that, the downloading process depends on the format, but, again, the process is covered on your Review Team page.

Now and then, there can be issues where a book will no longer be available, or will otherwise present a problem that prevents the reviewer reading and reviewing it. If/when this happens, you submit an error report explaining the problem and the book will be canceled and you will be able to pick a different book. :tiphat:
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