Pinterest For Dummies {Book Review & Giveaway}

I am excited to share about one of the newest books in the For Dummies series. Pinterest For Dummies {written by Kelby Carr} covers everything one needs to know about Pinterest, an online pinboard that is used as a social bookmarking site. The book is written for both Pinterest newbies and those who have been on Pinterest since the beginning.

For those that have never used Pinterest before, Kelby goes over how to request an invite and how to setup a profile on the site. She then talks about how to create boards, from what to name them to what category to put them in on the site. She also talks about pinning and repinning. About 40 pages are spent on these basics. For those that have been on Pinterest a while, these pages are good to review since there are still nuggets of knowledge found in the pages.

Next, Kelby talks about how to use Pinterest to interact with others. She shows how people can find their friends on the site and how to share the things you pin. She also talks about the features of Pinterest and how to like pins and comment on pins. She then shows how to customize pins by putting price tags on product pins and how to use hashtags to make searching for items easy.

After this she goes into the many ways people are using Pinterest. Most people use Pinterest for DIY/crafts and recipes. Some use it to plan a vacation, create a wish list of products they want, or creating a board of motivational quotes. {Personally I use Pinterest the most to find recipes for my menu plan and have about 15 boards devoted to food alone.} There is really no right or wrong way to use the site and pins about any topic you can think of. I really like that Kelby also talks about using Pinterest to support causes since there are some charities and businesses offering to donate money just for pinning something and I love that!

The last chapters of the book cover more advanced topics like using Pinterest on a smartphone and controlling privacy settings. There is a whole chapter for website owners that helps them create pin-worthy content and other ways to use Pinterest to drive traffic to their sites. She also has a chapter on pin etiquette and shares her do’s and dont’s for using Pinterest.

The end of the book has a couple lists. Kelby shares a list of Pinterest users people can follow {listed by what types of things they frequently pin}. She also has a list of ten businesses that are using Pinterest effectively. As a marketer I was especially interested in reading this chapter so I could learn what is working for businesses on Pinterest.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I normally think of the “For Dummies” line of books as being for those that aren’t familiar with the topic but in this case I think it’s useful for everyone. I’ve been on Pinterest since before it was popular {as I am with many social networks} and I found a lot of great information in the pages. It’s also nicely organized so you can easily find the topics you want to read about.


One person will win a copy of Pinterest For Dummies by Kelby Carr


{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) What do you use (or want to use) Pinterest for?

2) Follow me on Pinterest

3) Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends on June 24, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. Giveaway open to US and Canada only.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of Pinterest For Dummies to review but all thoughts are my own.)


71 thoughts on “Pinterest For Dummies {Book Review & Giveaway}

  1. I’m not sure how to use Pinterest, so I’m hoping the book will give me ideas.

    clenna at aol dot com

  2. I like to use Pinterest for finding new crafting ideas and recipes. My daughter is 7.5 months old but I will start planning her 1st birthday by finding ideas on there too!

  3. I love using pinterest to compile all of the ideas I have for dinner, my future baby’s nursery, and ways to make my house more awesome! :)

    Also, I followed you on pinterest (

    And I just publicly google+1’d.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I want to use Pinterest to share my favorite things and to get new ideas and inspirations from what others have pinned.

  5. Oh how awesome!! I use pinterest to save things that I would normally clutter my hard drive with. Recipes, crafts I wanna make, scrapbooking sketches and layouts I like, home decor ideas…..I could go on and on!! lol

  6. I follow you on pinterest!! Anyone who wants can follow me as well…just look for Tina Phillips :):)

  7. I am a member of Pinterest but really don’t know what to do there, this could be so helpful!

  8. I use Pinterest to Pin images of stylish outfits mostly, but also home decorating ideas as well…

  9. i would like to use pinterest to organize nail art, but dont know how to find others ppins that well…i see something else and go off on a tangent

  10. I use it to find giveaways, the latest trend in fashion, and recipes – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  11. I tweeted about this giveaway @emscout9 (pls use emscout9 at hotmail dot com instead of gmail to contact me)…

  12. I have a Pinterest account. Mainly for giveaways….but I’m starting to have so much fun with it! I love looking at and repinning others’ ideas. It’s actually fun…I could do it all day. But I’m not sure the correct way to like, pin, follow…!

  13. I’d love to create a virtual inspiration board of colors, ideas, interiors & exotic destinations!

  14. I would like to use Pinterest for recipes and learn more about it.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. I hear everyone talk about pinterest, but know nothing about it. I think I would use it for crafting ideas

  16. I just started using it, but lack knowledge in all the details and how I can use it….hoping this book will help!


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