Using the Widget you can choose whether to:
- Force all calls to Google to be HTTPS, instead of the API returned HTTP
- Pad the Image (selected by default, uses internal CSS)
- Display a Box-Shadow (selected by default, uses internal CSS)
- Choose Alternate Google Country (defaults to „Worldwide“)
as well as
- Decide whether you would like to use a Title
- Define the ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 of the book.
- Activate the Plugin via „Plugins“ → „Currently Reading“ → „Activate“ (if you hadn’t already done so).
- Go to „Appearance“ → „Widgets“ and drag the „Reading“ widget into whichever Sidebar you choose.
- In the „Currently Reading“ widget, you can then customise it further.
- Unzip the
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- Use the „Currently Reading“ widget (found under Appearance → Widgets).
- Go to „Plugins“ → „Add New“ in your Control Panel.
- Search for the keywords „Currently Reading“.
- Click the „Install Now“ button on „Currently Reading“ by „Eugéne Roux“.
- When prompted „Are you sure you want to install this plugin?“ select „OK“.
- Once the installation is finished, you will be prompted to „Activate Plugin“.
- Follow your normal installation procedure
- Open each Widget’s control panel and re-save
Use the WordPress Plug-in System
- Select „Upgrade and Activate“
- Congratulate yourself on a sterling job.
I get a ‘*Warning: file_get_contents … : failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden*’ Error in my logs and no books are displayed. Why is this happening?
Your web-site has been configure not to allow outgoing HTTP requests and you have ‘Use Google API’ enabled.
Please de-select the ‘Use Google API’ option to use the direct connection instead.
I get a ‘*No Google Books Entry Found for ISBN:NUMBER*’ on my Blog… Why?
Sometimes Google Books does not return any valid responses on ISBNs. Try the following:
- See if you can find an alternate ISBN for the book
- Toggle the „Use Google API“ option
- Find the eBook on Google’s Books Web Page and use its ISBN
Are you planing to insert other sources than Google Books to the Currently Reading widget?
I’ll have a look into supporting Amazon, though they do make you jump through hoops to use their API (which is the reason I settled on using Google Books to start with).
Is there a way to get this plugin to do a library of all of your books into WordPress?
It’s not currently possible with this plugin, no.
I’ll give it a bit of thought and see if I can extend it to do that; but it will most likely need the creation of an alternate plugin to do that.
This would likely require its own database table to do properly, as well…
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Þátttakendur & höfundar
“Currently Reading” er opinn hugbúnaður. Eftirfarandi aðilar hafa lagt sitt af mörkum við smíði þessarar viðbótar.Höfundar
- Add option to open Google Books link in a new Tab/Window
- Add the option to force the use of SSL (https) on Google’s API links
- Add the option to force the use of SSL (https) on the Alternate links to Google’s API
- Tested to WordPress 5.2.3
- Updated and tested WordPress 5
- Fix the Google Books API call
- Tested to WordPress 4.7
- Check cache before using it
- Check data validity before writing cache
- Allow (and default to) not using the Google Books API in preference to the older — direct — connection
- Since I’m probably the only Saffer using this, default to „books.google.com“
- Display a message (No Google Books Entry Found for ISBN) when Google has no entry for the book in question
- Reduce the width of margins so that the book entries fit better into the sidebar
- Added a screenshot of the Widget Configuration location in the Sidebar (mostly since I keep forgetting where it is)
- Use the Google Books API instead of previous deep-linking
- Fix display of ISBN when updating the widget
- Allow the selection of Alternate Google Domains (books.google.com causes issues in some countries)
- Display book’s Title instead of ISBN on mouse-over
- Minor fixes to ensure WordPress compatibility
- Moved to a ‘<div>’ based layout instead of using Lists (Kudos to James Sumners for the suggestion)
- Improved the book spacing a bit in the internal CSS
- Added the ability to have drop-shadows around the front-cover images of the books
- Release number re-alignment with internal Hg repo
- Fixed a potentially embarrassing issue with generated HTML
- Initial Public Release