widget for bookcover on LibraryThing.com
I just signed up for a wordpress blog and am wondering if I could show a bookcover image from my book collections located at LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com) . They have a widget that will allow one to show random bookcover image (http://www.librarything.com/extras.php) similar like the Flickr widget.
Create a bookmark and then you’ll have the link which you can click on and connect to them with. Your readers will be able to do the same.
Thank you for providing a link to what you’re suggesting. I wish more people would do that around here when they make their suggestions. :)
Granted, I can’t pull it up to see what they’re talking about but still, thanks for the though. :)
There widget is different from a WordPress Widget. Best best I would think would be just to save the HTML data from your account and just create a Page with it. You would have to update it manually though every so often but it’s a work around.
timethief and drmike, thanks for the suggestions. drmike, sorry, I completely forgot that to see the widget one must login first. But creating a login is very easy. Just type in a login name and password of choice and you’ll get an account. :-)
Currently there’s no way round this and we have no defined timescale for its enabling.
Sorry to bump, but nobody has noticed this:
There’s a big difference between Live Journal and WordPress. They are two different softwares. (Like Mac and Windows. Granted, they’re both OSes but two different things.)Also we’re not allowed to install our own Widgets. You can request them though if they exist. Here’s a list of some ofthe current ones.
I’m using the XML feed in an RSS widget on the presentation panel. Example at http://archaeoastronomy.wordpress.com/ which takes the feed from http://www.librarything.com/rss/recent/alun You can find your own feed by looking in your profile. the address should be the same as mine with your name instead of ‘alun’.
It doesn’t have book covers, but LT could alter that by providing a different feed if you asked nicely.
That must be fairly new because I don’t remember seeing any RSS feeds over there when I looked and I was looking for them. Good catch. :)
I wondered about this Library Thing ‘thing’ too – it would be really useful to be able to show the book covers. Also – can anyone tell me how to use the “Thingies” here: http://www.librarything.com/extras.php in my sidebar? I assume I create a text widget, but then how to get the image in it?
[Resolved] I got it to work! I finally figured out what they’re getting at here: http://faq.wordpress.com/badges/
Can someone explain to me–baby steps– how to create a widget from LibraryThing. Thank you!
Thank you sulz :)
1. Open up the WordPress control panel/dashboard (sorry, but only I can open mine)
2. Click on the “Presentation” tab
3. Open up the “Widgets” tab that should now appear.
4. Scroll down the page and click on that dropdown box under “textbox widgets” and select the next number that appears (for example, “1″ is set as the default so select “2″). That will create a new box under “Available Widgets.”
5. Click and drag that new box to the appropriate sidebar.
6. Double click on that box and a new window will show up.
7. Enter the widget’s heading in the top box on the new window.
8. Enter the code into the bottom box on the same window.
9. Click on “Save changes” which appears on the right side of the screen.
10. You’re done!
After you’ve created the new text widget, cut and paste the code from LibraryThing into the widget box (after you’ve moved it to one of your sidebars) and that’s it. Hope this saves others some time – it took me several hours to figure it out.
I suspect you are self-hosted using the software from wordpress.org. If not, can you post the URL to your blog?
Yes, thesacredpath I am on a self-hosted blog. I realized that after I posted. Sorry for the confusion.
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