Originally when I switched from MrShields.com to Bookwi.se a year ago I had two purposes. First, I wanted to expand the brand to be about the books, not about me personally. Second, I wanted to get more voices talking about books. I have had several people contribute over time, but I have not make a enough effort to encourage people to read and review books.
The guys at 8Bit had a meetup on the theme of partnership last Friday and reminded me of the importance of seeking out others. So I am going to make a greater effort and start a two pronged attack on the problem.
First, I want to get make a formal invitation to contribute book reviews to Bookwi.se. I am looking for reviews of between 300 and 1200 words (mostly in the 400-600 range.) I want the reviews to be personal, including your voice and what struck you about the book. I want a wide range of books (new, old, various genres, fiction, non-fiction, Christian, secular, books that have been reviewed before, etc.) I am willing to format the reviews if you send me the text, or to set up a contributor role on Bookwi.se for you to post them yourself.
Second, I am going to post a list of books that I have (in paper) that I want someone to review. These are books I already own but I have not read yet. I will mail you the book if you will agree to read it and write a review. I will post a page on Bookwi.se and keep it updated at least weekly with books. If you read and review a book, I will send you another one. No official time line, just read at your own speed, post, get another book.
I would also love help in spicing up the design of Bookwi.se. I enjoy the content side of blogging but I am a lousy designer. If you have a design eye and want to contribute I would be open to talking.
What have you read lately that you want to share?