Buy This Book Widget Plugin

Buy This Book Widget Plugin

Buy This Book is a simple WordPress widget plugin designed for authors. It takes cover images and up to six websites, and displays them on the sidebar with a slideout menu.

It supports:

  • Amazon
  • Kobo
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Smashwords
  • Lulu
  • iBooks
  • One custom option

Installation Instructions

  1. Get it from the WordPress Directory here
  2. In the WordPress admin screen, click on Plugins -> Add New. Choose the .zip file, upload it and activate it.
  3. Choose your cover images. Go to Media -> Add New, and upload each image. Copy the direct link for each somewhere handy.
  4. Go to the Appearance -> Widgets screen. You should now see a new widget called Buy This Book. Click and drag it over to your chosen sidebar, and it’ll open up automatically.
  5. Fill in the header. This is the widget title, and it’ll display above your books.
  6. Paste the image link into the appropriate box.
  7. Add an alt tag if you like.
  8. Paste a link to your book’s page for each website into the appropriate boxes. Any you don’t use won’t show up.
  9. Save the widget. You’re done! Check your site and click on the cover images to see the menu slide out from the bottom.

If you find this plugin useful, please spread the word! If you need support, feel free to contact me.

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  1. Thanks for such a good app. I had been looking for something like this. But I’m having a problem. I can open the file and see the icons and see what they look like, but when I go to media on my website and click upload the file wants to load as a zip file and I can’t get it to open so I can upload each image per your suggestion. So my question is do I need something to unzip the file?

    1. Hi Renee

      You don’t want to upload the plugin zip into the Media section. Go to Plugins instead and add it there, then activate it. The BTB Widget will then show up in your Widget section. You will only need to upload the images of your book covers to the Media section, and add their image links to the Widget.

      If you really can’t figure it out, let me know and I’ll take a look for you.

  2. So are you saying the zip file will be in the plugins. I’m a little slow at so forgive. I activated your plugin it’s there then I tried to follow the instruction that you suggested. The file is one my computer as a zip file. So how do I get where it needs to be? I’ll take a look at it again to see what I’m missing.

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    1. If you’ve activated it, then you’re almost there! Go to Appearance -> Widgets, and look for a Widget type called Buy This Book. You should be able to drag and drop it to your sidebar. Then you can add the links to the various different services for your books, like Amazon and Kobo etc, and a link to the cover image. The plugin will do the rest on the front end.