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Pingback and credit cards are coming

Pingback and credit cards are coming

There are several new functionalities coming soon to OpenBooks.com. Worth mentioning today, in my opinion, are two in particular:

1. Payments with Credit/Debit Cards

Finally, I know. Soon readers will be able to pay for books not only via PayPal, but also with payment/credit/debit cards. We’ll start simple, but I'm very enthusiastic about this funcionality and the perspectives it adds to OpenBooks.com as a whole. For example, we’ll be able to add the possibility to one-click pay for any and all books on the user bookshelf or introduce an additional business model based on crowdfunding.

2. Pingbacks

More on the "tech-side", this is a functionality introduced by the Wordpress blogging platform that enables users to notify other blogs/bloggers that they've written something in response or based on the original blog post. A more "techy" explanation follows:

A pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled. The best way to think about pingbacks is as remote comments:

  • Person A posts something on his blog.
  • Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post. This automatically sends a pingback to Person A when both have pingback enabled blogs.
  • Person A’s blog receives the pingback, then automatically goes to Person B’s post to confirm that the pingback did, in fact, originate there.

To create a pingback, just link to another blog post. If that post has pingbacks enabled, the blog owner will see a pingback appear in their comments section that they can approve.

At OpenBooks.com pingback will be used to:

  • ping Wordpress blogs outside of OpenBooks.com
  • create "mentions" for blogs, posts, reviews and users at OpenBooks.com

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