In this showcase, we check out the best WordPress bookstore themes for 2017. Venturing into e-commerce and developing an online storefront can be a daunting and expensive task, but good news: you can leverage your efforts and cut costs using the WooCommerce platform.
Each of the themes on this list have a purpose-oriented design and feature set constructed especially for online bookstores and booksellers. Maybe you’re a small used bookshop looking to establish an online presence; maybe you’re an optimistic entrepreneur trying to steal some niche sales away from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Either way, any one of these products should do the trick, providing comprehensive and scalable shopping cart functionality, and giving you a reliable, fantastic-looking place to start.
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Now let’s look at some WordPress bookstore themes!
Our top pick, Pustaka, is an extraordinarily versatile bookstore theme with seven distinct homepages to choose from, each with its own distinct layout. It includes three landing pages, as well as seven footer variations. The theme provides many UX improvements and features like mega menus, book previewing, a deals page, and author/publisher pages.
Webmasters can even use Pustaka for building a marketplace, thanks to WC Vendors integration and Dokan support (sold separately). The developers bundled The KC Pro Builder, free, adding front-end live editing functionality. The theme supports Amazon affiliates thanks to the included WooCommerce Amazon plugin.
Pustaka is SEO optimized, compatible with popular third-party plug-ins like all-in-one SEO pack and Yoast. A shortcodes plugin, the WooCommerce bookstore plugin, and support for the King Composer page builder are also offered.More Info/Download
Our second favorite WordPress bookstore theme for 2017 is Bookie. We simply love its clean, modern design. It’s a great example of the effectiveness of a minimalistic, stripped-down approach. The theme is extremely user-friendly; navigation is intuitive and performance is snappy. Needless distractions and gimmicks are wisely omitted.
The developers include Visual Composer free, for drag-and-drop layout creation management. Theme options are available via the WordPress Live Customizer, for tweaking and adjusting colors, fonts, backgrounds. Bookie is translation-ready.More Info/Download
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Simply titled Bookstore, our next election includes five unique homepages, each with its own color scheme. Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and the Visual Composer mega menu add-on are bundled free. One-click demo installation guarantees a fast, painless setup.
The theme is responsive, and resizes to look and work great on everything from smart phones to the highest resolution desktop devices. It’s built on the excellent Twitter Bootstrap framework, cleanly coded, and translation-ready (with WPML compatibility). A useful set of options on the back-end provide access to Google fonts and unlimited colors.
The developer provides detailed documentation and friendly, dedicated support.More Info/Download
Bookstore WP is a no-nonsense WooCommerce theme with a clean, professional design. The theme includes three color schemes, two header styles, and a set of options that allow full control over fonts and colors. Webmasters can also upload their own logo and favicon.
You may not be surprised to learn that Visual Composer is bundled free, for building and editing an infinite variety of layouts. Twenty-one custom widgets are built-in, too.
Retina-ready design guarantees crisp, sharp graphics on those expensive 4K and 5K displays, and Bookstore WP scales down to look just as good on smartphones and tablets.More Info/Download
Booklovers is not only a fully capable WordPress bookstore theme, but was also designed for use by publishers and publishing houses. The professional, business-oriented design makes excellent use of modern trends and web technologies. Performance is fast and responsive, greatly improving usability and user experience.
The theme is retina-ready and mobile-ready, ensuring a consistent, great-looking UX no matter the platform. It’s easy to install and set up using the included demo content. Four homepage layouts offer a bit more versatility. Visual Composer and Slider Revolution are bundled. The theme is SEO friendly and translation-ready, featuring support for the WPML plugin.More Info/Download
Our next pick, Mr. Bara, is a gigantic multipurpose WooCommerce theme, with 46 different skins to choose from, each crafted especially for a specific niche, including one for bookstores. Due to its sheer size and versatility, this one turns on up on several of our other roundups.
We can’t do the lengthy features set justice in a short summary, so we recommend clicking through to the product page to get a clear picture of everything the theme has to offer. (We don’t get paid for clicks or anything, I’m just too lazy to run down the lengthy feature list.)
But highlights include usability improvements, like AJAX filtering and searching, mini cart functionality, and newsletter pop-ups. Mr. Bara integrates MailChimp to help you build your mailing list.More Info/Download
BookKing, from the TemplateMonster marketplace, is a minimalistic, user-friendly bookstore theme that’s 100% responsive and fully customizable. It’s multilingual, with WPML compatibility, and 80+ shortcodes provide added versatility.
A few other extras like custom widgets and Google fonts support add a bit more value. The theme is SEO friendly, and the developer provides free lifetime updates. A solid no-fuss option.More Info/Download