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« on: April 30, 2008 10:25:13 AM »

This isn't a new topic suggestion, but I really liked it when Craftster had a "Books & Magazines" topic.  I think the threads were merged into the relevant topics, like sewing books under sewing, etc.  It was so much easier to peruse the threads and see what sewing books people were talking about.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008 10:33:34 AM »

I think you mean the Reviews, Recommendations, Dissuasions Board, right?

Yeah, it really didn't get as much use as we would have liked it to, though. Sad  Lots of the books & magazines were already getting posted in their relevant categories, so we thought we'd go with the flow, so to speak.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199316.0

Maybe we'll come up with a better solution/format in the future.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008 11:27:06 AM »

it would be a great aspect(in my opinion) to have a book review section of each category..like knitting-knitting books etc..

I am a book junkie and it would help alot if I could get feedback before buying..or even a faves..
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008 11:28:27 AM »

Members can definitely post book reviews within each category.  It would really help if they would put "book review" in the subject line, though.  I've run across quite a few that don't use the title of the book or "book review" in the subject line.  Proper tagging would also be a GREAT benefit to book reviews.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008 01:16:07 PM »

I've thought about this too! It definitely one of those ideas rolling around in the back of my head to try and come up with a good solution for some day.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2008 06:30:10 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2008 06:31:00 PM »

Great minds think alike!
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2008 06:21:06 PM »

I echo the sentiment. I haunt the clothing boards and I see many requests for book recommendations from beginners. Having a central place for them to go within their subject (sewing, knitting, etc.) would give everyone a place to browse without having to go through everything.

I'd also suggest that reviews and comments on older, classic books be given. Used book stores and the web make it easy to find almost any book, and sometimes the older books are better than the newer ones, especially if a trend "recycles." Who knows, macrame or candlewicking or netted purses may be next year's "in" craft, and people will want to know which of the older books are any good.
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008 07:19:28 PM »

Ditto all said above. It would be very convenient to have other Craftsters opinions on books.
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2008 07:04:21 PM »

I support this! I think it would be especially helpful if there were a separate section, because some books (Get Crafty, Anticraft) contain multiple crafts.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2008 06:44:22 AM »

I didn't even know that there was a thread about this topic, but I was totally thinking the same thing.  I just got a bunch of new books, and I wish that I had some "craftster" input before I bought some of them.  Sad  Reviews on Amazon are fine, but I would much prefer reviews from people who have similiar opinions to mine (fun & funky, not a grandmotherly point of view).  I can't wait to see how this will shape up! Shocked
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2008 12:25:04 PM »

I love this idea. Like if there was book review section that would be so awesome. I usually just randomly check books out from the libarary and most times they aren't that great. Darn that library. I would love to have people's insight into what craft books rawk their socks off.
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2008 05:46:44 AM »

I recently bought two books on beginners quilting from amazon, they both had good ratings and reviews, when they arrived one was wonderful and helpful and inspiring the other was a real let down, incredibly basic tips that you could pick up in half an hour of skimming the craftster quilting forums, with really boring designs.

My idea is on each subject forum (toys, sewing, quilting, etc) to have a board where we can post any resources we've found useful and inspiring, be it a blog, book or website giving a review stating in which way it it useful to us. I know when trying out a new tecnique or skill we all like advise on where to look for ideas and help.
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2009 10:59:53 AM »

I live in rural ireland and so dont have access to big bookshops, also in ireland craft is not nearly as big as it is in the US, so I tend to buy craft books via amazon, the problem is of course that I only have the reveiws on amazon to go by,

Is there a board/place on craftster where I can see craft books reviewed?
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2009 09:33:27 PM »

This would be a great idea!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2009 12:48:02 AM »

Great idea.  When I think of it, I think it's strange that we don't have it.  I've seen a few posts all through Craftster but not a specific place for craft book reviews.
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2009 08:45:26 AM »

there isnt..but I know I suggested it a few months ago and I think there was a suggestion of putting a thread about it in the section that fits it..such as sewing books in sewing..and ask for recommendations or ask for a review for a specific book..

but I love it since I love books..internet is a good resource too but I love books..
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009 10:07:23 AM »

I almost feel like a separate general board would be good, because some books (like Anticraft, Super Crafty, etc.) have many crafts!
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009 10:19:08 AM »

I don't think another board is necessary.  Each review can be posted on the appropriate/particular craft board and then tagged with "book review."

Then, if you go to the tag cloud (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags), you can click Book Review (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=book_review) and see a list of all book reviews.

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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2009 05:38:55 AM »

I remember, when first exploring the boards, that it was one the things I looked for and couldn't find. If a new board is not an option, maybe a pinned subject on top of each section?
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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2009 06:02:54 AM »

I remember, when first exploring the boards, that it was one the things I looked for and couldn't find. If a new board is not an option, maybe a pinned subject on top of each section?

Would tagging not suffice?
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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2009 07:24:14 AM »

I remember, when first exploring the boards, that it was one the things I looked for and couldn't find. If a new board is not an option, maybe a pinned subject on top of each section?

Would tagging not suffice?

I'm a good girl  Grin so I tried the method you mentioned earlier, clicking on the book review tag. It's not a bad solution but it brings up all books and not only the ones on the topic that interests you. For instance, i'm mostly into crochet so I don't really care about "Making your own soap" books. And vice-versa.

Let's say that this would be a "nice-to-have" feature rather than a "must-have" one since there are other options for those who want to look for a book review.  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2009 07:29:54 AM »

I don't think another board is necessary.  Each review can be posted on the appropriate/particular craft board and then tagged with "book review."

Then, if you go to the tag cloud (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags), you can click Book Review (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=book_review) and see a list of all book reviews.

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Using Sweets link shows me that it would be uber-usefull, but I can't see how to get there from either the Home or Community pages...??  Undecided
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« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2009 07:48:03 AM »

In the right-hand side bar on Craftster there's  button that says "View Topics by Tag."

I asked this in a different thread about product reviews but I wanted to ask here too...

What do you think of integrating Amazon book pages right into Craftster and using their review system? You wouldn't have to leave Craftster (because it would be embedded in Craftster) which is nice. But you would need to use an Amazon account to leave your own review.

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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2009 08:55:28 AM »

In the right-hand side bar on Craftster there's  button that says "View Topics by Tag."

*smacks self upside the head*  Grin  THANK YOU!!

I'm sorta indifferent to Amazon being included here, simply because I use it anyway; I like craftster reviews because I can see the poster's work and have a feel for how well their opinions align...if that makes sense?

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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2011 06:24:34 PM »

I was just glancing up at my bookshelf, noting with twinge of regret the craft books I've bought that have turned out to be disappointing, wishing I had been able to read a Craftster review by actual users.  I also know people often recommend books in the boards (like sewing instruction books).  Brainstorm!!

Wouldn't it be great to be able to read user-generated book reviews of craft books?  Wouldn't it be awesome to have a board where people could recommend books they love, and warn people about books they don't?

Example: I was looking forward to "Stray Sock Sewing", and purchased it on ebay, only to find out that very few of the adorable creatures in the beginning galleries were actually represented in the "instruction" portion of the book.  Disappointed!  On the other hand, "Generation T" has turned out to be a great book, full of wonderful ideas, easy-to-follow instructions, and variations you can do for each project. 

How about it, crafters?  How about it, Craftster?
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« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2011 02:22:03 AM »

lil_abi totally agree, I cannot go into a bookshop and look at any of these books before buying as most of the ones that I like are simply not there..so a review would be great.
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