From The Digital Reader:
Author websites come in many shapes and forms, and can be found on just about every platform from Squarespace to WordPress, but the vast majority share at least one common feature.
Generally speaking, they all need to display the books an author has written, or is working on.
Authors with a site on Squarespace, WordPress.com, etc, will have to build a book listing page by hand, but this is one area where self-hosted WordPress websites excel.
Authors with a self-hosted WordPress site have any number of options for listing their books on their sites. They can either use a theme like Preface, and use its built-in features to create book pages and book shelves, or they can use one of the following plugins.
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I recently undertook a survey of bookshelf plugins so I could recommend one to a client. There aren’t a lot of options, but I did find a couple great plugins.
When I look at bookshelf plugins I try to keep three requirements in mind:
- The plugin has to look good on my site, and include both bookshelf pages and book pages
- It has to be easy to use.
- It needs to have widgets that I can use on to automatically display book covers and blurbs the front page of my site, and other pages.
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Here are 7 WordPress plugins that authors can use to list their books on their sites, and some comments on my experiences with the plugins.
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This is the second of my preferred plugins. The free version is great; it lets you reorganize the book listing layout to your own design, and it even includes many of the features other plugins would ask you to pay for.
As you can see in the demo, a book listing takes up a lot of space on the page. This plugin begs for a theme with a lot of whitespace, so it’s not going to work for everyone.
Link to the rest at The Digital Reader
PG has never had problems putting widgets for Mrs. PG’s books onto her website. However, he’s planning to check out several of Nate’s suggestion to see if there is a better way.