If you’re a repeat visitor to the website, you may have noticed that something is missing… What could it be, you ask? Well, we’ve taken down our Shop.
To be honest, the Shop wasn’t working so we made the decision to take it down. We would like to make money from The Literature Hub, but it has become clear that we need to explore other ways of doing so.
If there is anything you would like to see on this website, please comment below. We would love to have your input. We want to create a website that YOU like to visit. If you’re here, you obviously like literature as much as we do, so your opinion matters.
We hope you understand why we took the shop down, and we hope you give us your feedback. We’d love to hear from you!
It's been a busy few months here at The Literature Hub. Shortly after the Kids Corner was launched, Ashleigh and Ivy started investigating other ways to make the website even better.
Unless you're a new visitor to the site, you probably noticed our new look. As much as we liked the old design, we found that it was no longer working for us. We build our website using Weebly and Weebly Templates. The old design was using an old Weebly template. It wasn't compatible with mobile devices which meant that we had to manage both a desktop and a mobile site. However, our new design is completely mobile friendly, so we can cut back on how much time we spend managing the website and spend more time creating content for the site (in theory).
Unfortunately, the reality is that The Literature Hub is simply a hobby for us. As much as we wish we could run TLH as our full time job, we can't. We would need to make a boat load of cash from the site to be able to do that, but we don't. We have the Shop here on the site, but we earn 4% of the total sale price - sometimes even less than that. And because we try to bring you the cheapest available option when purchasing a book, we make next-to-nothing from your purchase.
So yes, in theory we should be able to start producing more content for our visitors. Prior to the release of the launch of the new site, we've also been working on creating new content. We have a few articles that have gone up the same time that the website goes live. We've got a few reviews for you as well. If you have any ideas for the type of content you would like to see us put up (book trailers, first chapters, short stories, maybe some of our own writing or interviews with the bookworms?) then please comment below or contact us. Without visitors to the site there is no site. Your input is incredibly valuable to us.
We hope you enjoy the new website design. If you find anything wrong with the new site, please contact us ASAP and let us know. We'd like to fix it as soon as we can.
Many many many thanks for visiting The Literature Hub. We wouldn't still be doing this if it weren't for you. Thank you.
Ashleigh & Ivy
Hi, Ivy here.
After weeks of planning, Ashleigh and I have started tweaking the Literature Hub website.
Not only are we changing aspects of the website to make it easier to navigate, but there will be new sections in the near future. This includes the expansion of our latest addition, the Kids' Corner. Due to these changes in progress we have temporarily taken down the Kids' Corner.
Stay tuned for the next announcement on the changes of the website.
Hey guys, Ashleigh here.
This is just a quick update to let you know about our new Kids Corner! We're excited to introduce this new section of our website. We're working with Ivy's mum, who is a school librarian, to bring you the books that children are loving right now. We're still working on building it up, and so far we only have one What's Hot list posted, but there will be more in the near future!
We'll keep you posted!
So as you know, The Book Lovers Journal has undergone a whole redesign. We are still working on improving it and creating an easy to use website that people will enjoy. To go with our new look, we were hoping to register our own .com domain name: www.thebookloversjournal.com.
Unfortunately, as I have just discovered, there is a WordPress blog with that exact domain name. So in order to not be confused with that (blank) blog, I must issue this statement:
We here at The Book Lover's Journal are in no way associated with www.thebookloversjournal.com. We hope that our delay in acquiring our own domain name does not confuse our faithful readers in the future. We apologise if any confusion does occur - we were too slow to register the domain and we accept some responsibility for the confusion. Please bookmark our website to lessen the confusion in the future.
So why didn't we register our domain? Well, both Ivy and I are university students. We really don't have any money to spare right now so we were saving up for it. Someone with more money has beaten us to the punch and taken our domain. Personally, I am both horrified and saddened. I am unsure what to do next. The other person, Stephany, paid fair and square for it, but they are not doing anything with their blog. I feel like sending them a message and explaining who I am and what business I'm trying to run, but we are not officially registered as a business as we make no money from this website. We do this purely for the joy of knowing we helped someone make a choice about what to read next (or what to stay away from!). Also, this website gets hardly any traffic as it is (sadly, we have no money for placing ads - social media is the only way we can advertise) so it is probably safe to assume that this Stephany has no idea who we are.
So instead I have a different option: ask Stephany to put a message on her blog stating that she is in no way affiliated with us.
So now, dear reader, I'm putting it to you. What do you think we should do? Please comment below.
If you’ve visited this site before, something obviously looks different. If you’re new to this site, welcome! What do you think of the look?
In December 2014, we at The Book Lover’s Journal decided that the old look just wasn’t cutting it anymore. It was dated and dark and it didn’t feel inviting. So we began working on a new look for the site. What do you think? We thought the turquoise, gold, and white colour scheme was fresh, modern, and much more fun than the old dark wood and beige website.
We have also added in a new Interviews page on the site. We thought that if we could interview some authors and post them on our site, not only would it benefit them with more exposure, but it could benefit you, the readers, too. You could find out more information about debut authors, and potentially find your new favourite.
Another new page is the To-Read page. We’ve added a list of books we plan on reading and reviewing. If any books you would like to be reviewed are not on there, tell us! If there are any books that you would like to review yourself, tell us! We love having guest reviews.
In regards to our reviews, we have made a few changes. First of all, we’ve separated them into genres. Fantasy book reviews can now be found under the Fantasy tab. Romance book reviews can now be found under the Romance tab. Same goes for general fiction, historical fiction and so on. Our second change is to change our reviews. We want to make them more interesting to read, and more fun. We’d like to have your opinion: do you prefer the new way of doing our reviews, or do you prefer the old way?
We hope you enjoy your time spent browsing this site. We hope our efforts to review books help you find your next great read. If you have any feedback, be sure to tell us either on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!
Ashleigh and Naomi
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