Your Book Preview: A Powerful Selling Tool

Anyone trying to share or sell something knows the power of showing a little upfront—just a taste to get people interested. Blurb’s Book Preview tool offers you the chance to do just that. You can show a sneak peek of just a few pages or show off the whole thing—whatever it takes to generate interest in your project!

The Book Preview works in Facebook and Twitter posts, and as a widget on your blog or website to link people directly to your book in the Blurb Bookstore. It’s a great way to put your project in front of people and promote it.

Book Preview GIF

How do I get the preview code to use my website?

1. Head to your Dashboard. Find the book you want to share a preview of and click “Sell My Book”.

2. Fill in your Book Details, completing all the required fields and click “Save” at the bottom.

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3. Once your book details have been saved, click on the tab labeled “Privacy & Sharing”.

4. Set your book to “Publicly Available.” Please note, books that are set to “Invite Only” are not eligible to use the book preview widget.

5. Under the section labeled “Personal Storefront”, you can set your preview to be on or off. You can also set the preview to display the first 15 pages of your book, a few custom pages, or all pages.

6. To add the Book Preview widget to your website or blog, click on the area labeled “On your website or blog”. This will reveal embed code options for Blogger/Wordpress and your website. Simply click the Copy button for the embed code you want to use and head over to your blog or website to add.


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  • Mary Lee Dereske says:
    Jun 2 at 10:16

    When I upload this to my website, I get a tiny little image; not near as nice as the previous widget. Is that because it’s optimized for mobile and doesn’t work so hot on desktops??? Is there a way to resize the widget? More info, please! Thank you.

  • Stephen Coppinger says:
    Jun 5 at 03:14

    Me too! Tiny image on paper white background. More options or advice how to modify code would be greatly appreciated.

  • Jeanne Poland says:
    Jun 9 at 12:54

    Hello Trevor
    I don’t want to move the widget to my WordPress website. I have links to go to the Blurb website. That is where the clients preview my books. Will that widget also disappear by June 30th?

  • Brian Pack says:
    Jun 27 at 06:54

    Works on Google Chrome properly but not Mozilla Firefox for several months.

  • Wendy Leja says:
    Nov 18 at 07:39


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