Reading List Plug-ins?

So, I’ve been checking out “reading list” type plug-ins for WordPress, because I’m getting sick of just keeping a text file on my PDA of books I’ve read, and ones I want to read. Whenever I come across a book that looks interesting, it gets added to the text file, but then I forget about reading anything on the list until I come across a new book that looks interesting. Wash, rinse, repeat. I was searching online, and came across the Now Reading plug-in, which is great – it lets you add books to a “library,” and you can mark books as “Have Read”, “Reading” or “To Read,” along with other details like when you read the book, and your own review. There are some beautiful implementations of it (Example) as well. The author of the plug-in has a nice implementation as well (here). I really like that rather than hiding the reviews away in the library, where someone may never see them, he’s made each review into a post, and linked to them from the book summary in the library.

Of course, the “Now Reading” plug-in made me think about what else I might consider applying it to. It would be nice to be able to create a library of video games; what I have, what I’ve played, what I’m playing now, what I plan to play. And for movies, as well; what movies I’ve seen, what I thought of them, what movies I own, et cetera. Of course, I already have lists of what movies & video games I own; reviews could be easily accomplished by simply creating and using a “Movie Review” or “Game Review” tag. So would I really NEED to extend “Now Reading” to include Movies & Video Games? For how I would use it, probably not.

9 thoughts on “Reading List Plug-ins?”

  1. I’m not sure what I think of it yet. I’ve added the plugin to my site and I have put some books in it, but it’s kind of messy. I wonder if there is a way I can customize it a little.

  2. I’m a bad monkey, I should be going to bed since Ian will be getting me up soon, but I’ve been playing with this and have you tried adding more books yet? It doesn’t just show one entry for the “reading, planned, finished” sections in the sidebar. It looks like it is showing the first four books on your list. I don’t think I like that. Not sure if I’m keeping this yet either.

  3. I’m not scared to mess with the CSS, although I haven’t had much time to deal with PHP. If you couldn’t tell, I was messing around with it last night, but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it. The plugin seems like a good idea, but it’s a lot of work and I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to play with it and keep up with Ian.

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