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MyBooks for Authors, by Out:think Group

MyBooks gives authors the ability to easily add books to their site, complete with buy links, optional sidebar widget, and shortcode for buy buttons.

5 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.1 out of 5 stars
4 stars
Easy To Use Plugin - Looks Great
By , for WP 3.7.1

I tried a few different book plugins and was disappointed with the result. Then I tried this one, and got exactly what I was looking for.

The plugin is easy to set up and use, and adding books is a snap. The widget works well, and I ended up with exactly the kind of look I wanted.

The only minor issue is with images being cropped awkwardly on the /books page. Everything else works perfectly.

5 stars
Easy way to promote your book
By , for WP 3.6

This creates an attractive image of the book plus links to online book sellers. It is quick and easy to do if you are used to writing posts in WordPress, and produces a more attractive result than using unstyled html. Good job!

1 star
Plugin Changes Site Taxonomy
By , for WP 3.5.1

I should have read these comments before I installed this plugin. I had a tree previously in place that starts with /books. I suppose that this plugin uses the same root I believe for now after I realized that all pages above the books were NOT FOUND, I deactivated the plugin and deleted it. Then I went to the pages, which are all still there (no content was erased), and saved them again. The result is now that these links like /books/en, /books/de, or /books/fr end up in a loop back to the homepage. However, the end of the link chain, the individual book links, have not been affected. I will try now to reinstall the plugin and see what I can change in the setup. If I cannot do what needs to be done and their support doesn't reply, there is only one solution that is very awkward. I would have to rename the root of all books to /publications. I believe this will solve the problem, but everywhere on the Internet I have propagated my books with the links to /books, etc. Such a thing should never happen!!!! These guys have to be pulled out of the WordPress developer community, for this is simply a totally amateurish mistake.

1 star
WARNING : plugin deletes content
By , for WP 3.5.1

I installed this plugin, and it immediately deleted all of the content for ALL of the book pages on my website. These represented literally thousands of hours of work--all of the reviews, images, playlists, and more for all of my books going back to 2001. I am extremely frustrated and saddened, as my website is where I keep all of the newspaper and magazine reviews, hundreds of them, that I've received over the years. Even the recovery files for all of my book pages were deleted. Even after uninstalling the plugin, none of the content could be recovered. Do NOT download MyBooks for Authors if you value the content you have already created.

4 stars
Almost perfect
By , for WP 3.5.1

The good news is that, of all the book promotion widgets I've seen, MyBooks is by far the best. Combined with their Reviews widget, they are a step away from greatness. But there are a still a few things missing.

1) Booksellers - It's great that they offer support for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Audible, and a few other independent sellers. But there are still some crucial ones that are missing, such as Smashwords. As a Smashwords author myself, the lack of a Smashwords link support is a big detriment.

2) Short-code - Having a short-code to implement in the page is great, but the problem is this will bring up every book. I have a few different book series as well as books that aren't in any series. Ideally, I would love to categorize my books based on series, so I would have a link for The Myth Hunter Books, Infernum Books, and Other Books, and then on each page, I would display only the books for that category.

If Out:think could implement these two simple yet extremely valuable features, we're looking at an extremely powerful self-promotion tool.

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