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Top 10 WordPress Themes for Your Author Platform

Posted on 18th July 2017

Top 10 WordPress Themes for Your Author Platform

A well-designed website is "command central" for an author's platform, and a successful site needs to include tools for promoting and selling books, building a brand and connecting with readers. For authors creating a site with WordPress, a theme designed with these unique needs in mind can boost sales and entice new readers. Here's a look at 10 of the most popular and versatile WordPress themes for authors.

Part online store, part creative space, an author's website needs key features such as digital "bookshelves" for showcasing available books, support for digital downloads and ecommerce tools for selling books directly or through leading ebookstores. Blog and portfolio features may be secondary.

WordPress themes that offer these features are available both from the WordPress theme gallery that comes with an install of WordPress and from third-party designers from around the world. Some are free, others are premium - but all include support for book sales and promotion.


Designed for reading, Author is a free theme from Compete Themes that puts content first, with minimal design and lots of white space. Author allows integration with key WordPress plugins for book grids, e-commerce and more.

Author Pro

Author Pro from StudioPress is designed specifically to sell books. This premium theme features customizable landing pages, integration with marketplaces such as Amazon and Kobo, and modules for reviews and About the Author bios and photos.

Grace Under Pressure

Inspired by the works of Ernest Hemingway, Grace Under Pressure is a responsive, author-friendly theme from OneDesigns. Customizable with Google Web Fonts, Grace Under Pressure features an image lightbox as well as an optional screenplay format.


Retina ready and fully customizable, Forte is a premium theme from ThemeBeans that focuses on showcasing writing. Forte also allows for ecommerce integration, portfolio and book display through its many custom plugins


A premium theme for authors and writers from UpThemes, Largo is designed to showcase long-form content, articles and books. Largo includes integration with the Aesop Story Engine plugin from WordPress and a set of TypeKit fonts.


Designed to sell ebooks, Bebo is a stylish landing page theme from Beauthemes. With Bebo, authors can create a customizable online bookstore for selling directly to readers, with ecommerce integration and seven unique homepage designs.


Designed for both independent and traditionally published authors, Bookstore is a premium theme from Kodeforest that provides all the tools for creating an online bookstore or library. Bookstore is compatible with WooCommerce and also includes a plugin for managing events.


With a post type for showcasing books as well as for creating a portfolio, Literary is a premium theme from Mean Themes that works well for authors, writers and publishers. Literary can also be used to create an online magazine.


A versatile theme from Mojo Marketplace, Creativo features WooCommerce integration, a portfolio option and a plugin for live chat. Creativo comes with several layout options, seven skins and a range of color choices.


Novela is designed to help authors sell their books. This premium theme from SubSolar Designs includes a book preview feature and integration with the Easy Digital Downloads WordPress plugin for selling books directly from the site.

An author's website needs to boost book sales, invite new readers, and showcase the author's expertise. With options for every budget, free and premium WordPress themes designed with authors and writers in mind provide elegant, easy ways to do just that.

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