Tuesday, May 20, 2008

FictionDB Is Now For Everyone!

We’ve got great news!

FictionDB is now for everyone -- the occasional reader who just pops in for a little information every once in a while and the hard-core reader who needs full access to the best fiction database on the web. Which category do you fall in? If you’re like me, that would be the second one.

If you’re just an occasional visitor, you now have access to a lot more information than you did before. So what does this mean? Well, you will definitely see advertising – there’s always a price to be paid, isn’t there? But along with the advertising, you’ll also be able to see the complete author book lists, the books in a series, and the title detail page.

Subscribers will see the same site as they did before, but with a few upgrades. You definitely won’t see a lick of advertising, but if you really want to see the advertising…just kidding. And, since you’re not seeing ads, the site will be much faster. You’ll also have access to more data on each page of the site. Most authors’ data is now all on one page – no more clicking through pages looking for that one book. We’ve also modified many of the pages to speed up the database processing.

For a detailed list of the features, click here.

We’re really excited about sharing FictionDB with a lot more people, so help us spread the word. Many of you belong to other online groups and if it seems appropriate, tell them about the changes to the site. The more the merrier!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Interim Site Update

We just completed an interim site update and you'll probably see more of these in the future. You've been doing such a great job in adding data through our new features that we thought you should see your changes a little quicker.

We'll also be attending BookExpoAmerica here in Los Angeles at the end of this month, so our normal update schedule will be thrown off by up to a week. If you're attending BEA, let us know. We'd love to meet up with you. Our entire staff is attending this year since the event is here in our home town. We'll be bringing back lots of brand new books, so if you're resubscribing soon, you might want to wait until after BEA to pick your free book.

You might also have noticed lots of little changes around the site. We've added a Tour for our new visitors, lots of fun new graphics, a new series classification: Reissues, a column on the author page for multiauthor series and a bunch of other stuff.

We're also planning some more changes based on your survey results, so if you haven't done it yet -- Take the survey!