Welcome to Bookmatch!
If you’ve made it this far, hopefully you have some idea of what Bookmatch is. If not, visit our
homepage to get grounded and sign up. If you’ve already done that, great! This post
will help you understand the basics of how to use our web app so you can go explore on your own.
Before we begin, I’d like to say that Bookmatch is still in beta so if you have any feedback or suggestions, please tweet or email us using the links at the bottom of the page.
Adding an Avatar
To add an image for you avatar picture, login to Gravatar. From there, you can drag and drop the image you’d like to use. Gravatar is used by many other websites as well so don’t be surprised if you already have an avatar.
The sidebar on the left is the main way to navigate Bookmatch. Home is the first page you see and contains some navigation buttons and basic information about your account. Books is where you can upload your novels and manuscripts. Once uploaded, they’ll show up here. Book Shelves is where you can group books together to compare. We’ll get more into that later. Plot, Language, Theme, Characters, and Misc are where you can view all the different analytics that Bookmatch creates.
In the top right corner, you’ll see these buttons, the cog will take you to the User Settings page and the other will log you out.
Creating a Bookshelf
Bookshelves in Bookmatch are used to group books together that you might want to compare later when looking at analysis results. To create one, navigate to Book Shelves from the sidebar and click Add Self in the top right. Give the shelf a name and click Submit. Scroll to the shelf and click the Add button. From here, you can search for books in our public database by title. Click the cover of the books you want so that they become shaded. Once finished, click Save. If you have suggestions for books that we should add, let us know and we’ll do our best to get them analyzed for you.
When you navigate to any of the pages under Analytics in the sidebar, you’ll see something like this at the top of the page. Here, we have my Hunger Games trilogy bookshelf selected. The novel with the orange bookmark on the cover is the primary book. For some pages, this will be the only novel with data being shown. Otherwise the data will show up as orange while the others are grey. You can change the primary book by clicking on the blank bookmarks on other book covers. Click on the cover to completely de-select a book from the shelf.
Uploading a Novel or Manuscript
Once you’re ready to see the results from your own work, upload them! Bookmatch currently supports files that are .docx (Word documents), .epub, .mobi, and .pdf. Please note that we can only get covers from .epub, .mobi, and .pdf files. Also, .pdf files may not have as accurate of results due to potential formatting issues.
To get started, navigate to the Books page from the sidebar and click on the Upload Book or Manuscript button at the top right. Enter the title of the book and click Next. Drag and drop the file that you want analyzed into the field. This may take a while as we verify that the file is formatted in a way that we will be able to analyze. After that, the Next button will light up. Click it, accept our terms of service, and Bookmatch will automatically start to analyze your novel or manuscript. This process typically takes about two minutes. Once finished, you can add it to a bookshelf and view your results!
I hope this post was helpful. We’ll update it as things change and add more posts about how to best use the analyzer results. In the meantime, let us know what you think!