Last update: 15 Feb 2020
We require a wide range of information to operate and run our services.
This refers to the personal information that you voluntarily provide such as your name and email address when you register with the Service. If you correspond with us by email, we may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and our responses. In addition, you may choose to add any information to your profile that you wish to share. You can modify and delete any information, anytime from your Author Profile/Reader Profile after you have signed in.
Log File Information
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser each time you access a web page. When you register with or view our site, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and other such information. How We Use the Information Collected
We never sell your personal information to any third party. You are solely responsible for any personal information that you voluntarily disclose to the public via our services like, reviews, comments, and trivia questions.
How is Your Personal Information Used?
We use your information to operate, maintain, and provide you with the features and functionality of our Services.
We may send you emails regarding any changes or updates in the Service or features, security messages, confirmation emails, promotions, deals or any alerts that you have chosen from the email settings. If you want to opt-out from receiving such emails, you may opt-out of all communication via account settings.
We may use the information to process payments that you make through BooksShelf.
We may use the information to protect and investigate any suspicious, fraudulent or illegal activity.
Security of Personal Information
We use reasonable technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit and, therefore, you do so at your own risk.
To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password, payment and other sensitive information, and for controlling the access to your personal information at all times.
Links to External Websites
Information with Regards to Social Media
Information That Is Publicly Visible
For Authors: If you have an Author Profile on BooksShelf, then certain information that you have provided will be publicly visible including your name, your profile picture, your books along with the buy link to an external website, author biography, birthday, country, genres you write, genres you read, any descriptions you have added, along with the social media profiles added.
For Readers: If you have signed up at BooksShelf as a reader, then the personal information that you have shared such as full name, book preferences, profile picture and biography will be visible in your Reader profile.
Testimonials and Feedback
We may post user testimonials and feedback on our websites which may also include personal information. We obtain each user’s consent before posting the user’s information publicly. How We Share the Collected Information
We will not rent or sell your personal information to others. We may share your information solely for the purpose of providing you with Services.
We may share your personal information for processing your payments for the Services that you have opted for, delivery of emails and other related services.
We may share your personal information in case we do business negotiations like mergers, acquisitions or bankruptcy. In these cases, the whole or a part of our assets may be transferred or sold along with your personal information.
Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, we will not disclose any personal information unless it is required to do so by law or if we believe that such action is necessary to conform to the law, comply with legal process, and to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of our members and users.
Information for Advertising
To opt-out of the advertisements by BooksShelf on third-party websites through Google, you can change your settings here: Google’s Ad Settings Google Analytics We use Google Analytics to collect information anonymously for the website reports and trends without identifying individual users. Google Analytics uses its own cookies to gather information. Cookies
We use the following cookies on BooksShelf:
Essential website cookies: These cookies are necessary to provide Services through our websites and mobile applications to use the features and tools provided by BooksShelf.
Performance and functionality cookies: These are used to remember your choices and provide you with a better service when you visit the website again.
Analytics cookies: These cookies collect the information to help us understand how effective our Services are, the details about the pages visited by users and other similar information to help us improve our Services.
Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to display relevant advertisements based on your interests.
Social media cookies: These cookies enable you to like, share and comment on the content of third-party websites through our Site. These cookies will record the actions you have performed.
You have the right to accept or reject the cookies. You can opt-out from sharing the information from your browser settings. In case you choose to not share information via cookies, it may affect the performance of BooksShelf for you.
International Data Transfer To provide Services throughout the world, we may transfer, store and process the information collected from you outside the country you reside where data protection and privacy regulations may vary. We take the necessary precautions to ensure the protection of your data. By using BooksShelf, you agree to transfer, store and process your information outside your country. Protecting the Privacy of Minors Protecting the privacy of young children is most important. For that reason, we do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow them to register.
If you are under 18, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as soon as possible. How to Control Your Personal Information
You have the following rights to protect your information:
You may access or change your information and preferences any time you want from your Author Profile/ Reader Profile once you have signed in.
You can decline to offer certain personal information, which may affect or restrict the Services that we can provide for you.
You may, at any point of time, request to update, correct or erase any personal information.
You may also opt-out of any promotions, email notifications and other messages that you have been receiving.