A WordPress Bookstore Plugin to help authors boost book sales on sites like Amazon and Apple iBooks with great-looking book pages.
The plugin itself seems pretty decent. It works well with WP and for the free edition it's not terrible. However you have to pay for the Amazon buttons and reviews. The API keys for Goodreads (which is available in the free version) keep coming back as invalid, and there is no option for ASIN numbers for Kindle/ebooks. Since I have short stories only published for Kindle, this puts me at a disadvantage. Unless the plugin developers fix at least the ASIN issue, I won't be using this plugin. I would have considered upgrading otherwise, but it does seem a shame that I'd have to just to sell my books at all (which are only offered through Amazon at this time). Like I said, decent plugin for what it is, but doesn't fit my needs at all.
Interesting that the developer raked in some five figures in 'donations' and then gave us a 'lite' version, requiring us to pay for the better options. Is that to pay the investors back, or just to pocket more cash? I have a hard time believing you are giving back to or supporting authors with this scheme. It's not that I don't believe folks shouldn't make a buck or two for their work, but taking in 12 grand (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/authormedia/mybooktable-wordpress-bookstore-plugin) as of April 2013 and giving back a stripped down version which asking for more to get a proper version is weak.
I gave you a three because the code is solid, for what it is. I suppose I can build on it to get the plug in I really need. Good luck with the double-dipping.
Finding a decent plugin for displaying books seems like an exercise in futility. Almost every single one of them is missing crucial features.
MyBookTable is the latest and it seemed to show a lot of promise. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, it's really no better than any of the others.
Support for series of books is a feature I've found extremely lacking in most of these plugins, so it's great to finally see one add it in. Also I like that I can specify genres the book falls in, as well as multiple authors. And all of these are linkable, so if someone wants to see other books within the series, or within the same genre, then all they have to do is click on the link and it will show them all the books that match those criteria.
But the benefits pretty much end there.
Unless you're a pro user or a developer, meaning you've paid for the plugin, you're limited to Amazon buy links only. Affiliate integration with Amazon doesn't work unless you're at the pro or developer level. So if you were hoping to link to Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Kobo, and other online retailers, you'll need to cough up some cash. This is extremely disappointing, given that every other book plugin out there offers support for multiple buy links for free.
I might be willing to overlook the buy links or even purchase a pro license, if not for another huge problem: MyBookTable is extremely limited with the themes it supports. The only free themes it seems to work with are the uninspired WordPress themes and all other themes it works with need to be bought.
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