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Beautiful WordPress Bookstore Themes For Selling Books And E-Books 2020

Beautiful WordPress Bookstore Themes for Selling Books and e-Books 2020

Here are the most amazing WordPress bookstore themes to help you sell e-books and hardcover books online. 

With Amazon and other online book stores slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores everywhere closing left and right, it is safe to say that now is the right time to bring your bookstore online. Only a tiny fraction of current local bookstores will survive due to increasing costs, while Amazon and others are pushing down their prices to a minimum.

Amazon has changed the image of bookstores forever, and you should follow this e-commerce madness by creating online bookstores to sell hardcover books or e-books. While many experts believe that the iPad, Kindle, and other tablets and e-readers will take over the hardcover book market, there is still a strong belief that physical book copies will always be in people’s hearts. There are those who still love to read regular books because it’s healthier to the eyes and because these books are easier to read and won’t break when dropped.

Today, we decided to create a versatile list of the best bookstore and e-book selling themes. Most of these themes are powered by WooCommerce, but there are plenty of other e-commerce platforms available for WordPress.

We strongly believe that you will be able to find below the theme you have always wanted to take your business to entirely new levels of success.

Without further hesitation let’s have a look at the best bookstore WordPress themes you can install now.

Kalium

kalium wordpress bookstore theme
Whether you are an author or simply a bookseller, do yourself a favor and check out the impressive Kalium. With this WordPress bookstore theme, you can start on the web sooner rather than later. Let’s face it, you avoid the majority of work with Kalium. It brings to the table all the necessities for a quick start of a fresh website. It is a multi-functional solution for crafting nearly any page you fancy.

Also, Kalium comes with a drag and drop page building technique which unlocks a whole new horizon of possibilities. Especially if you do not know how to code, WPBakery page builder will come very handy.

Other goodies include Revolution Slider, ACF Pro, RTL support, outstanding performance and 100% responsive layout. For your information, Kalium also comes in 16 languages, though you can still translate it into other languages.

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BEBO

bebo-bookstore-wordpress-theme

As a WordPress theme for bookstores, libraries, and publisher websites, BEBO is deeply customizable and technologically articulate. The theme is convenient and feature-rich for authors, publishers, writers, editors, and everyone in the book, CD, DVD, and e-book industries. It’s a perfect all-in-one outlet for anyone and everyone who needs to market literary works to the world at large in a direct, customer-friendly fashion, forgoing the troublesome apparatus of third-party distribution for a sleek, reliable personal shop right on your website, so you can truly be in control of your sales!

Moreover, BEBO is very customizable and includes seven conceptually distinct and unique homepages, which you can use as-is or fine-tune to your precise expectations and requirements. It also includes the premium WPBakery Page Builder plugin, as well as the Revolution Slider, on top of advanced technologies like AJAX-filtered searches, AJAX loading, and beautiful headers with user-friendly Mega Menus. BEBO is also WooCommerce-compatible, with plenty of custom shop styles.

Let BEBO spread your word!

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Aurum

aurum - bookstore wp theme

Aurum is a sleek WordPress bookstore theme designed to facilitate the user’s shopping experience. It is easy to use and install, as the interface is very intuitive. As is the case with many commercial themes, Aurum incorporates the acclaimed WooCommerce plugin, allowing the creation of an impressive online store. This theme is useful in a variety of situations, and it can enhance the websites of online shops, bookstores, boutiques, tech stores, jewelry and clothing stores, and so on.

Aurum is designed to work with all major web browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer 9-11. Upon installation, it offers you some pre-built website variants that already look great, though should you want to design your own skin, you can do so with ease. Currently, this theme has four demo variations, with more to come in the future.

Some themes might have issues with cross-platform compatibility, but not Aurum. It supports touchscreen functionality, doesn’t freeze or lose resolution when you resize, and is accessible on both desktop and mobile devices. In addition, the support system of this bookstore theme truly stands out due to the dedicated and eager staff. Regardless of the nature of your question, you should not hesitate to ask. Also consider the expansive theme documentation, which can really inform you of what’s going on.

Aurum is further able to support plugins in multiple languages, making your content and products more accessible to other demographics. It includes RTL support for languages such as Hebrew and Arabic.

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ChapterOne

chapterone wordpress bookstore theme
With the six ready-made demos, ChapterOne is a striking WordPress bookstore theme for your fresh new project. And if you are redesigning your existing website, by all means, make it happen with the eye-catchy and lovely ChapterOne. The web design is very appealing to the eyes, making sure it puts on display all your books and publications in the best possible light. ChapterOne is also responsive and mobile-ready, so the performance stays of the same amazing quality across all devices.

A great deal of other amenities awaits every ChapterOne user, too, to ensure speedy and spectacular creation of a bookstore website. From index and internal page layouts to shortcodes, custom backgrounds, header styles, smooth scrolling and social sharing, it is all there. Make the books you will sell online shine and come in the right hands.

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Scientia

scientia wordpress bookstore theme
Scientia is a flexible library and bookstore WordPress theme that anyone can profit from. And by anyone, I truly do mean Anyone. In other words, you do not need to have any experience with building pages and still make it happen. With the use of Scientia, you need to undergo very little work to bring into fruition a top-notch end product that will move mountains. Bear in mind, if you stick to the out of the box look, you can have it all set within minutes.

Scientia comes with WPBakery page builder, Slider Revolution, online booking system, donations, events calendar and all sorts of other special perks. You can customize it all, including header and footer sections. Introduce social sharing, start a compelling blog and enjoy the steady growth of your new bookstore website.

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Printpress

printpress wordpress bookstore theme
When you would like to push books online, Printpress is the WordPress bookstore theme to look into. Instead of doing all the hard work from the ground up, stick to a resourceful theme and enjoy smooth page execution. Sometimes, you just want to take a smart and strategic shortcut that realizes a dream website in a little breeze. And that shortcut is the amazing and impressive Printpress. It takes care of all and everything, so you can just mix and match what’s at your service and call it a day.

Other features that will benefit your greatly are custom shortcodes, animations, form builder, mega menu, color management and attractive portfolio layouts. Your Printpress-based bookstore page will also operate without a hitch on all devices, web browsers and retina screens. Get the traction going right away and boost your business through the roof.

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GoodStore

goodstore - large size book store

GoodStore is a dynamic and fully responsive bookstore WordPress theme with the finest features and options fit for an e-commerce site. It supports WooCommerce integration, which enables you to set up a functional online store. And with Revolution Slider, you can create attention-grabbing slideshows and presentations.

In addition, this theme comes with Ads Management, eight positions by default, ad placement between posts, and advanced layout options. GoodStore provides a strong and responsive framework for your e-commerce site. While this theme doesn’t have books in it, it can sell any tangible goods, such as books and other printed materials.

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DigiSeller

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This charming and versatile WordPress bookstroe theme can give you a competitive edge, thanks to its practical features. Regardless of your technical expertise, you will be able to create a successful bookstore website, with DigiSeller. There’s no need to hire a web development company as long as you can easily import demo content via the “Easy Install” button. It will also install sample data, preparing the page for use. Thanks to this feature, you can swiftly create a profitable store.

To participate in online commerce, you only need to list your items and specify the payment gateway details. There is no sales number limit, so feel free to get rich. Of course, a quality bookstore website must be well-organized. Thankfully, you can set up many categories and subcategories, making it easier for clients to browse your selections. It’s also possible to commercialize any other type of digital item, including video games or music files.

If the checkout process is long and extensive, customers can easily lose interest. DigiSeller has reduced the number of checkout steps, helping to streamline the experience of the users. In addition, both mobile and desktop device users will get to access your bookstore website with ease.

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MyBook

mybook-ebook-selling-wordpress-theme

If you want to create an excellent bookstore website, be sure to check out MyBook. It is a reliable and professional WordPress theme that promises to enhance every aspect of your page. MyBook can accommodate all users regardless of their device preference. It can showcase your selections on tablets, laptops, smartphones, and desktop PCs. As you upload covers or any other kind of image, it will automatically resize to fit the designated frame; manual adjustments are not required.

With this theme, your bookstore site can and will offer exciting design elements such as blocks. This makes it easier to personalize the page, given that every block includes sample data. If you’ve made an error or if you do not like the direction in which your site is going, you have the option to reset every block.

To tease upcoming bookstore offers and build hype regarding future releases, the user can set up an informative newsletter. This theme lets you choose your provider: AWeber, MailChimp, FeedBlitz, or FeedBurner. For online commerce, the innovative WooCommerce plugin facilitates the creation of amazing online stores with tax, shipping, and variable product options. All features of MyBook will enhance your bookstore site and increase your sales numbers.

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Kable

kable wordpress bookstore theme
What you will notice is that Kable might not be 100% book-related out of the box, but that does not mean you cannot use it to build your own online bookstore – you sure can! It is the versatility and extreme adaptability of Kable that allow you to turn it into any WooCommerce-powered website that you want. And the process is super simple — ideal even — for someone who has never before built a web store. A very user- and beginner-friendly tool if you will. There is only one rule: approach building a page with an open mind.

Kable has multiple header and top bar styles, Slider Revolution, drag and drop page builder, boxed and full-width mode, nifty Parallax effects and loads of custom-made eCommerce features. To sum it up, if you would like to sell books online, avoid building a store from scratch and go with Kable.

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Auteur

auteur wordpress bookstore theme
Auteur is an all-in-one WordPress theme for authors, reviewers and even bookstores. In the pack comes four gorgeous demos, all of which are original, creative and 100% mobile-ready. It is no secret that Auteur practices all the current trends and regulations of the modern web. With this in mind, a website based on Auteur will operate all the time and without flaws, regardless of the device and platforms they use. On top of that, Auteur is also fast-loading and SEO-friendly. With Auteur, you are all set up to get things moving forward like a pro from the get-go.

Extra Auteur goodness involves 10 blog and three shop layouts, WPBakery drag-and-drop page builder, mind-blowing slideshows, over 30 pre-made shortcodes, Contact Form 7 and mega menu. For any additional assistance, you can always hit up Auteur’s support team or go through the extensive documentation.

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Publisher

publisher - simple ecommerce theme

Publisher is a professional and attractive theme for websites that commercialize digital products. It’s definitely a comprehensive and versatile WordPress bookstore theme. With it, you can not only display your products or books; you can also sell them.

The Tevolution and Templatic Digital Downloads plugins are free of charge with every purchase of this theme. Your customers may purchase items in several ways: by clicking a link that takes them to Amazon or by setting up an E-junkie cart. You also get the WooCommerce plugin to commercialize your physical products. The Templatic Digital Downloads plugin, specifically, is available as a standalone download. For greater practicality and aesthetic appeal, you can count on the widgets on the homepage. You can establish a personalized register page as well due to the Publisher back-end. Only the necessary fields may be included.

To build up community trust, this theme also has a comment and review system. To ensure that nothing harmful gets through, you can moderate comments and reviews before they are published on the website. Thanks to Publisher’s WPML, it’s possible to establish a web page in multiple languages, where each customer can shift to another language at will. The color palettes are limitless, creating a multitude of possible schemes that you can easily change with the click of a button. Applying them only takes a few seconds. Another feature is a function for blog creation.

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If you find that some themes are missing from this list, please feel free to leave your comment below with a detailed description about this theme, and I will make sure that it gets listed here.

Aigars

Frontend web developer and web designer specialized in free and premium WordPress theme development. After graduating with BBA he self-though frontend web development. Mainly CSS/HTML/JavaScript(React, Vue) and some PHP. Obsessed with application performance, user experience and simplicity.

This Post Has 44 Comments
  1. gabrielsayler says:

    Hi guys, check new wordpress marketplace, they approve all items without checking to the end of the month, so you can add your products easy

  2. Hi Aigars,
    Thanks for sharing these amazing WP Themes. All themes looks stylish and perfect for book store. 🙂

  3. Hello Aigars,
    Thank you so much for this stunning theme collection. All themes are nice for bookstores. Hopefully they will work as good as they are advertised.

    1. Liibaan Cajiib says:

      themes looks like nice one

  4. Thanks for the list, this is exactly what I needed. Now I just need to choose the right one!

  5. Peter Parker says:

    Beautiful Themes 🙂

  6. Hello Aigars, my name is David and I really love the themes that you outlisted.
    I don’t know if you also used a special theme to snap your personal photo because it really looks good.Please i would like to create a website with a wordpress theme after the beauty of gsmarena.com, but i would like to review and market not just phones but softwares also for clickbank and amazon as an affiliate marketer.
    I want my site up and running by the end of July 2015.
    Thanks bro.

    1. David Watkinson says:

      Hello David, this is David 🙂
      We have been selling on Clickbank for a number of years and found that there was no solid solution to be able to integrate it directly with our ecommerce system.
      We created a plugin for WordPress called WooClick which fully integrates Clickbank with WooCommerce, securing your digital product and only delivering it to customers who have a confirmed payment (via the Clickbank IPN). WooClick also creates an account for each customer so that you can send them updates and sell them future products.
      You can view full details for WooClick here: [link removed]

    2. David,

      Above listed themes are made for bookstores, so they might not be as flexible when selling other products such as smartphones. If you are looking to build eStore or affiliate type website then you should look into themes that are specially created for this purpose. Here are some awesome examples https://colorlib.com/wp/best-ecommerce-wordpress-themes/

  7. David Watkinson says:

    This is a fantastic list of bookstore themes for WooCommerce.
    You always do such a great job. After seeing so many of your lists, we actually added your site to our Google Adwords campaign.

    Keep up the great work, it’s very much appreciated.

    1. David,

      AdWords is not the most effective advertising option on Colorlib. It works as a placeholder for much bigger things.

  8. Hi Aigars,
    Thanks for sharing these amazing WP Themes. All themes looks stylish and perfect for book store.

  9. Hello, can you recommend a WP theme which publishes books online so readers can read them chapter by chapter? Essentially, I want readers to be able to read books online, rate them, etc. Thanks

    1. Debbie,

      Unfortunately, none of themes does allow to read books online without download. However, you can try combine these themes with services such as Scribd or other. It will still be your website but just embed those books from Scribd on your website and you are good to go. Otherwise you will have to hire a developer to build a custom platform for you and it is not going to be cheap for so complex functionality.

      1. OK thanks for the reply. That’s too bad, I’ll continue the search. Cheers

        1. Debbie,

          If you are going to continue your research and try to look for theme that supports reading functionality then you can give up right away and instead research a way how you can achieve it with plugins and 3rd party services. There are no themes ever released with this kind of functionality but this kind of setup can be done.

          1. I found this one but I need something that can do more than such as showing ads, listing authors, etc.

  10. Thao Ngan says:

    I think this list lack of some great online bookstore WordPress theme, such as: Bebo, Bookish

    1. Thao,

      Bookish theme used to be listed here but since it wasn’t updated for more than year we removed it. I see that there is an update for this theme and we could reconsider listing it. We keep our lists updated all the time and if we see that theme is no longer maintained we remove it to give the most accurate suggestions to four our readers.

  11. Tracy Dias says:

    They’re all so amazing. However, 2016 is coming, will you update the list?

    1. Tracy,

      This list will be updated in January. Make sure to subscribe to get the latest updates.

      1. Tracy Dias says:

        I already subscribed, thanks Aigars

  12. Seems all of these themes are displaying desk top views as primary. What themes do you feel are best for publishers where the first priority is mobile appearance? This would mean book title on top, one big cover photo under the title, maybe 2 or 3 thumbnail images under that, then text in a narrow column below…as content appears best on iPhones for example.

    1. Marty,

      All of these themes are mobile friendly and responsive therefore will work well on any mobile device.

  13. Julie Halligan says:

    Hello David, I have looked at these wordpress sites and what you have to say about them, and I am hoping you can help with selection. I am a Book Reviewer for a magazine in my country, I used to also sell secondhand/collectible books some years ago (still have stock) and now I am wanting to set up a book site to not only feature my reviews (with affiliate links) but also list the collectible stock I have to sell…which would be the better option from those you have listed above that would suit my ‘needs’.
    many thanks
    Julie

  14. Please i want to build an online ebook store , did i need divi,woocommerse and book store plugins

    1. Daniel,

      You can use Divi for that. WooCommerce is a free plugin which means that you need to pay only for theme itself.

  15. is their any other theme i like bebo but its too conjusted

    1. Vihal,

      You don’t need to use all of the functionality that Bebo offers. Things that you see on theme theme are completely optional and are there to showcase theme functionality. You can choose what you want to use on your website and disable/remove the rest.

  16. I am interested in Brown Theme.
    How do you recommend me to do in order to include payment GW which receives card payments AND mechanism for automatic waterstamping of the book, which is in PDF format.

    1. Karl,

      All themes support PayPal which means that you can accept both PayPal payments and card payments processed via PayPal. Make sure to format and protect your PDF file prior to uploading to your website for sale. Themes are going to store them and release for download after the purchase but they are not going to add andy waterstamping or anything like that. That’s your own responsibility.

  17. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check them out. I’ve used bookstore it’s okish.

  18. Dear Aigar.
    I also considered that Bebo theme it is very beautiful so I bought it and I tried to use it, and I discovered that It has a lot of bugs, a lot of small problem that make it useless. I can sent you screenshot with this annoying little problems that make this beautiful theme useless. Also the customer support did not help my, so now I lost my money, lost my confidence in the maker of Bebo theme and I need to use another theme for an bookstore but also I don’t know if other recommendation from your list will have bugs and no useful support (like the Bebo theme)
    What is yours advice for me in this situation?

    1. Florin,

      I am sorry to hear about your experience. However, with information you have provided there is not much I can help you with. What bug it was? Did you report it properly to developers? Did it lack some functionality? What features do you need and so on. Right now you are complaining in a very broad terms and there is not much I can help with unless you disclose all the details.
      Bebo is a great theme but it might now be for everyone, so make sure to look for theme that suit your needs.

    2. That’s too bad and disappointing. With these themes, can you upload your own imagery like a header graphic, etc?

      1. Of course you can customize these themes. You don’t need to use any of the graphics you see on the theme demos.

  19. I must tell you that the Publisher theme from Templatic is not easy to customize, especially now that they have removed their forums. It used to be simple to find answers there. But since it has been removed and no archive was left behind, you have to email them for help with every little item. Takes too much time to get answers with time zone differences, then at least 4 or 5 tries to get it the way you want it. Not very conducive to efficiency. In hindsight, we would not purchase any theme from Templatic again nor would we recommend it.

  20. Hi,

    We are a thriving well-positioned independent press of military and general history titles, BUT need a new updated web presence. We have an older (2003-04) pro designed site that has been through several coders, MySequel, Perl, etc. and the backend is a mess and now very expensive to maintain and add books and info the way we would like, and to design a similar site too expensive. And it is not mobile friendly.

    Would one of the sites builders above work, can we use our own graphics, and keep our same URL?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Themes are all about design and not graphics that you see on the theme demo. You can take these themes and use them on your site with your own graphics, products and other content.
      However, keep in mind that migrating from a custom platfrom to WordPress is not going to be as simple as switching from one WordPress theme to another. There are no automated process to move all content from a completely custom platform to WordPress and I believe that is going to be the biggest pain for you.

  21. Memory Nkemjong says:

    nice themes. For all developers here, I want an ecommerce wordpress or prestashop theme that will sell videos hosted on youtube, audios hosted on soundcloud (all with possibilities of preview), ebooks and hard cover books. Please any one with such template should contact me. Thanks much.

    1. Themes are all about the design and not about functionality. Look into plugins for this kind of purpose. And all ecommerce plugins can be used with above listed themes.

  22. Raddybook says:

    Your themes are very good to me. I used your theme. My site provides an online booking.

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