1. Information Collected on Our Site
For all web site visitors, we collect basic information that includes your IP addresses, browser type, page views, clickstream and usage, and sometimes third parties (such as Google Analytics) may provide this service for us. This information helps us continually optimize the performance and usability of the site; display content that matches visitor or member interests; protect authors, publishers, visitors and customers against fraud, and make automated book recommendations.
2. Non-member Activity
Any one can browse the library, view book information and metadata, and even download free books for reading on their devices. It is not mandatory to become a registered member to surf around and use most of the content on The Platform. We encourage users to register as members to enjoy the features of membership that include using the Download Queue, posting book reviews, rating content, following their favourite authors, creating and joining chatrooms, among others.
3. Registered member Activity
Layla Cultural Platform membership is of two types (or classes):
Layla Cultural Platform regular members are allowed to access all public areas of the site, either directly using a web browser, or indirectly through one of our Apps. We store cookies in your browser to help you personalize your use of the site and so you are automatically logged in to the site each time you visit (unless you manually logged out during your last visit). Members can rate books, post book reviews, download books using the Download Queue feature, create and join chatrooms, and follow their favourite authors.
Additionally, members registered as authors can publish books, track their book downloads, and respond to reader's messages through the Author's Message Mailbox feature.
When you first register on the site, you will be registered as a regular user. Our registration form requires a valid email address so we can contact you about your account and respond to your customer service requests. We ask you to create a unique Layla Cultural Platform username and password so we can protect access to your account. The username must be unique as we need to identify our regular members. At this point no further personal data is required from you, and you are a full user, under the regular user class.
When you want to publish books on the Platform, you will need to register yourself as an author. You register as an author through the same account you used to register as a regular member. However, at this point we ask for more data that identifies you, and which includes: your first and last names, your date of birth, and your nationality. If you are going to appear as a publisher on our Platform, readers will want to know your personal details and we need to present that data to them. If you don't want to publish books with us, you will not be asked to provide this data, and you can continue enjoying the full features of your regular member account.
We record several details related to your usage of the site such as reviews you’ve posted, books you’ve published, books you’ve downloaded, author pages you’ve browsed, book reviews you've posted, and books and authors you have favorited. We do not disclose your personally identifiable member information or usage to third parties except when needed for fraud and abuse detection. However, any information you voluntarily upload or post to the site, such as books, book reviews or personal profile information, becomes publicly available to other users of the site. When you create a personal profile page, your email address is shielded from visitors.
4. Our Email Policy
5. Advertising on Our Site
We currently do not run advertising, but we may run ads in the future. If we run ads, we will do our best to make them unobtrusive, and when possible, informative and targeted to your specific reading interests. We will never use pop-up or pop-under ads because we believe they are very annoying and obtrusive.
6. Membership Cancellation
This site gives users the option to close their account and to not receive future communications or receive our service. Members who wish to close their Layla Cultural Platform account can do so by filling the "Contact Us" form.
7. Contacting Us by Postal Mail
Currently, are in the process of registering an official PO Box for the platform. In the meantime, the only way to contact us will be through our "Contact Us" form. If the matter is urgent, you can send an email directly to the administrator at the address: admin at laylacp dot net.
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