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WordPress Book Plugins for Book Bloggers

With a ton of book bloggers transitioning to WordPress (yay!), I thought a post about the best book plugins would be timely and helpful. I’ve been on WordPress since the start of my blog (March 2011-ish), and I think this platform is 1. SEO-friendly, 2. easy to use and 3. robust and sustainable.

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There’s a Plugin for That is an original Read.Breathe.Relax feature that highlights different WordPress plugin’s that are useful for book bloggers. Pros and cons are listed as well as insider tips.

Book Plugins for WordPress

Book-Related Plugins:

  • OpenBook Book Data– This plugin allows you to display a book’s cover, title, author and related links using a customizable template. It seems like a fancy way of doing what we already do. This plugin just helps for things to look consistent throughout posts.

  • Bookturner– Bookturner pulls in your information from Goodreads to create a fun sidebar widget. Although Goodreads offers their own widget, this plugin allows you to customize the number of books displayed, sort the list by author, title (etc.) and set how often the widget is updated.

  • Now Reading Reloaded– Display what books your currently reading using this plugin to create a sidebar widget. The cover art is pulled automatically from Amazon.

  • WordPress Amazon Associate– Put your Amazon Affiliate account to good use and use the widgets offered in this plugin to help monetize your blog.

  • My Library– This is another version of the Currently Reading plugin, but My Library enables you to display a number of books with your rating AND an Amazon Affiliate link. The best of both worlds.

Plugins for WordPress Beginners:

I love ProBlogger’s tips and tricks, and his post on this topic is extensive. I shared my five favorites from his list below.

  • WPTouch– This is a mobile site plugin that I’ve talked about before, and it’s really, really important. So many people surf the internet on their phones, so making your blog mobile-accessible is key. This plugin is easy to install and creates a mobile site for your blog in minutes!

  • Editorial Calendar– This plugin allows users to schedule posts in the future and shows them a visual representation of their posts in a calendar display. You can see if your week is full or if you’re missing a post. It’s perfect for book bloggers who schedule reviews far in advance.

  • Blogging Checklist– Create a checklist for yourself of all the needed steps you need to take before you click “Publish.” This is especially great if you blog with multiple authors, and you all need to be on the same page about your posts.

  • Social Sharing Toolkit– Offer your readers a chance to share your content directly from the post. Buttons will appear on your posts for the social media channels you select.

  • SEO Auto Linker– If there’s one thing I think book bloggers could do A LOT better is internal linking. This plugin automatically finds key words or phrases to link to within a blog post. A-mazing!

What WordPress book plugins do you use that make blogging easier?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
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  • You are really amazing with WordPress information. I’m still not sure what I want to do, but if I decide to change over, I’m calling you for help. 😉 Thank you!

  • Bizdou

    Thank you very much. Unfortunately some of these plugins are now up-to-date or unappropriate for my wp theme! What a mess…

  • I’m starting to build a WordPress book review plugin and would love to hear opinions on what features you would like it to have.

  • Thank you for sharing a great list of wordpress plugins.

  • Ah great! Just found your post through google (so your SEO mus be working ;-)). I am hopefully completing my transition to WP this very week so your widget tips are very welcome – I am looking for one rearding the currently reading display on the primary side bar and will go with you tip above.

    Thanks so much, Lisa!
    Cheers, Kati

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  • I know this is a very old post, but in case anyone is interested, I’ve actually created a pretty good plugin for WordPress that lets you easily add books to your website – check it out at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpbooklist/

  • Paul Gray

    This new plugin may be of interest! https://www.bookpress.net/ helps you write and nicely display your own books in WordPress.