If you or your students want to do anything more with Inside a Dog than read reviews and blogs, you must be a registered user. To register, click on 'Register Now ' at the top right-hand menu of any page.
When registering, all you need to include is a username and password, and a valid email address. Everything else is optional. Once you are registered, you can write reviews, comment on the forums, join book clubs, or even start your own!
Your user page is accessible by clicking 'My Inside a Dog'. This page will list your book reviews, books you have selected for future reading or have read, and the book clubs you have joined.
When you return to the site, you will need to log in to see your page. Click 'My Inside a Dog' and enter your username and password.
Once you have registered, get in touch with us through the Contact form , and we can make you a Trusted user. This means your reviews and book club content will be posted to the site immediately, without requiring moderation by the site administrators.
To write a review, you first need to be logged in. Then find the book you want to review. Click 'Write a book review', and then find the book you want to review. You can do this by clicking on a cover, or putting the title in the search box.
If the book you want to review is not listed on the site, you can add it yourself. Click the 'Add Book' button, and enter the title and author. If you can’t find a short blurb and an image of the cover, leave it to us – do NOT enter your review on this page!
Once you are a registered user, you can set up your own book club. Simply click on the Book Clubs tab at the top of the page, and then select 'Add Book Club'.
On this page, you will need to make some choices about the setup for your club.
Once your club has been created, you are the administrator for the club. This allows you to manage club members and set books for the club to read.
Once your club has been created, there are a range of things you can do.
To facilitate discussions in your book club, you can use the club’s blog. By creating a new blog post on a particular topic, book, or question, club members can respond by commenting on the post. You can insert pictures into your blog post, hyperlinks, and format the text. Club members can also create their own blog posts – useful for longer-form text responses, such as reviews or essays.
Note that the front page of the club only shows a summary of the entries - click on a blog post title to see the full entry and the comments.
Please also note that comments on club blog posts are moderated by Inside a Dog site administrators, unless they are trusted users (ten or more approved posts).
Set a book
A book club can feature a book, which involves clicking “Set Current Book” and then selecting the book from the Inside a Dog database. If they book you want is not listed on the site, it can be added as usual. Previous books set for the club are archived.
There are a range of options in your club's right-hand menu for managing club members.
Invite friend: This screen allows you to enter usernames or email addresses to be invited to your club. They will be emailed a link to follow so they can join. (Please note that this option is unavailable if the club is set to 'Invite only'. To invite members to an invite-only club, select 'x members' in your club's right-hand menu, then select 'Add members' from the top menu on that page. See example .)
x members: (Any numbers shown in brackets indicates the number of members pending approval.) This screen allows you to see all of the members of the club. By selecting the 'List' option from the top menu on this page, you can then: