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' on the front 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 other content will be posted to the site immediately, without requiring pre-moderation.
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, write blog posts, and set books for the club to read.
Once your club has been created, there are a range of things you can do.
Each book club hosts its own blog. Administrators can make posts that are visible to members of the club, and the members can reply. Note that the front page of the club only shows a summary of the entries, click on the blog entry title to see the full entry and the comments.
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.
The club forum is open to members of the club for discussion beyond the scope of blog posts. How best to use the forum (if at all) is up to you.
Please Note - once you have created a Forum topic, you will need to click on 'Manange Group Forums' on the right-hand menu, and change the settings to 'Make Public' (eg here ).
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.
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, you can then:
Note: Content posted by club members will need to await moderation unless they are trusted users (ten or more approved posts).