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6 Creative Book Landing Pages That Made Their Author Famous

So, you’ve written a book, and now you want to sell it. The question is, how? You need a book landing page.

You might already have some marketing and sales channels setup like a Facebook page, website, or even an online bookstore. While all those channels can help you raise awareness, you need a home for your book—one single place you can send anyone who’s interested in reading, buying, or sharing. That home is called is a landing page.

6 Book Landing Pages That Make People Want to Buy, Read, and Share

But here’s the thing, your book landing page isn’t just a website. It’s a sales machine. Your book landing page should educate a reader quickly on your product and be crystal clear about the problem you are solving.

In this article, we’ll analyze six different book landing pages from a macro view (color schemes and design) down to a micro view (what you need on your page).

1. Living Forward

Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy teamed up to write Living Forward. Hyatt’s blog is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of blogs. Harkavy is a business coach that has worked in Portland for 25 years.

Why this book landing page is unique

The call to action is impossible to miss. Why? Because it takes up just as much real estate as the book cover. First, the problem is presented, “don’t just drift through your days.” Second, the way to fix it, “design a life you love.” Third, and last, how to start: “living forward shows you how.”

The color scheme is simple and draws attention to the book rather than away from it. The cover features a compass, adding to the idea that this book is a guide for your life.

Key insights

  • Tell your audience if the book is for them. The Living Forward landing page devoted an entire section near the bottom to clarifying who the book is for. Essentially, they said it’s for anyone, but they particularly highlighted their primary audience of Entrepreneurs, Executives, Managers, and so on. This section just provides another opportunity for the reader to say, “Yes! This book is for me.”
  • Consider answering FAQs. Now, we wouldn’t recommend featuring your FAQs, but including them at the bottom of your book landing page might be helpful. For Living Forward, they included a lot of bonuses in your purchase (especially if you purchase 10 copies or more) so you can expect a lot of questions regarding how to get your bonuses, and what if it doesn’t work, etc. For this landing page, FAQs were a smart addition
  • Consider crafting a strong sales pitch. One of the best copywriters of all time said that the longer your copy, the more important people will think your message is. On the Living Forward landing page, they devote an entire section (188 words) to a written pitch of the book. And, of course, it ends with an “Order Now” call to action. For me, this section was the most powerful.

Recommended reading: 7 Design Templates Guaranteed to Make Any Book Beautiful

2. It’s Not What You Think

Jefferson Bethke, a Christian author, and speaker wrote It’s Not What You Think. Bethke became well-known after a few of his spoken word videos like this one went viral. It’s Not What You Think attempts to present Christianity in a new way.

Why this book landing page is unique

This landing page is unique because Jeff uses video content in the background of his title page. The videos change as you scroll down which provides an interesting backdrop and breaks up the content.

The headline, “Why Christianity is so much more than going to heaven when you die,” is found a little way down the page. In this headline that Bethke tells the reader that he has something to offer that they don’t know.

The rest of the content is not about what Bethke has to say, but rather focuses on the reviews and testimonials from leaders in Christianity speaking to the importance and value of his book. And testimonials can be a huge sales tool for any product, particularly for a book. The power of other’s recommendations may move your potential readers to buy.

Key insights

  • Utilize video content in unique ways. The embedded video content on each section of this book landing page makes it a really unique experience that we haven’t seen anywhere else.
  • Make the reader see that the knowledge gap. You know something they don’t, but the primary reason they’re on your landing page is because they want to know it too. Make it clear that through your book, they can know what you know too.
  • Don’t overlook the power of testimonials. On most book landing pages, you’ll see testimonials because they’re powerful. One tip on testimonials though…keep them to one line only. Nobody wants to read a paragraph about you and your book, they want a short get-straight-to-the-point statement. Which, if we were coaching Jefferson, I’d recommend shortening his because they were slightly overwhelming.

3. Launch Your Dream

If you have been in blogging for a minute, chances are you’ve heard of Dale Partridge. He recently launched his second business book, Launch Your Dream, a 30-day plan in which anyone can turn their dreams into a business.

Why this landing page is unique

The Launch Your Dream landing page is simple, but that doesn’t detract from his primary message: “You’re 30-days away from the life you want.”

Similar to the It’s Not What You Think, landing page, this one highlights testimonials from business leaders that his audience respects, trusts, and admires.

He also offers an incentive. Those who “Buy Now” not only get the book but also get a free video and a PDF outlining the criteria of a good business design, just make sure it is creative and relevant to the book.

Partridge doesn’t feel the need to show the cover of his book right away. Instead, he states his goal for this book, which is launching 10,000 dreams (aka businesses) in one year. From here you can watch the book trailer in which he explains his passion for entrepreneurs, the book, and his plan and dream for it.

Key insights

  • Less is more. Don’t be afraid to leave out most things you think might be important to communicate so you can let your primary message shine.
  • Consider offering a bonus for buying your book. Rather than discounting your product to incentivize a purchase, consider offering bonuses. While the discounting reduces the value of your product, bonuses increase the value.
  • Share your higher purpose. For Dale, he wants to help 10,000 people launch their dreams this year. What’s the higher purpose behind your book and how can you inspire others to be a part of what you are doing?

4. Jobs-to-be-Done

Jobs-To-Be-Done is a (free) e-book written by four primary authors as well as two other contributors. The book is one that aims to help businesses build products that appeal to their customers.

Why this landing page is unique

Right away, the landing page features the “why” behind the book: Great products start with real problems. What follows is a strong testimonial to provide credibility right away.

This landing page also does an excellent job of outlining the reasons to buy. Under “what’s Inside,”  a list of benefits is spelled out and there is no need to guess why Jobs to be Done is a valuable read.

This landing page probably wins the award for the simplest navigation. They broke it down into three different section: Get the Book, What’s Inside, and About the Authors. While it is incredibly simple, you won’t feel like it’s lacking anything.

Key insights

  • Tell your audience why your book is worth it. Instead of making your audience guess why you’re book is a good buy, tell them. In fact, consider devoting an entire section of your landing page to your value propositions.
  • Know what the primary purpose of your landing page is. What is the one thing you want your audience to do? For most, this should be to buy the book. Consider making that call-to-action clear in every aspect of the page, including the navigation.
  • Consider integrating social sharing into your page. You’ll notice that Intercom includes Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn sharing buttons in the top right-hand corner of the navigation and the bottom of the page. Those spots are typically where a landing page’s primary call to action is placed. That tells me that since they’re giving the book away for free, sharing is likely the primary purpose of their page.

5. The One Thing

Gary Keller is the founder and chairman of the board of the world’s largest real estate franchise, Keller Williams Realty. In his book, The ONE Thing, he helps readers find the one thing that will if implemented, make everything else they do much easier.

Why this landing page is unique

An important component of this site is their book trailer. It’s a simple 1:26-minute video that describes the purpose of the book. The trailer explains how The ONE Thing, shows you how to get more by doing less.

The book design is high-contrast, drawing attention to the title. It doesn’t distract the reader but instead, focuses on the goal of the book. And what we love most is that every element on the landing page points back to the one thing the landing page was created for: selling the book.

Key insights

  • Make it obvious how to buy your book. Almost anywhere you are on the landing page; there’s a big red button that’s asking you to “Get the Book Now.” The lesson here is to make it obvious how to buy your book so that if someone is ready to buy, they’re not searching.
  • Consider filming a sales video for your book. As someone in their target audience, the sales video in the second section was one of the most convincing parts of the entire landing page.

Recommended Reading: 10 Creative Examples of Best-Selling Book Designs

6. Two as One

Two as One is a 30-day challenge for couples that is beautifully designed and ties Christian lessons to practical life application.

Why this landing page is unique

What this landing page does really well is selling a life-change, not just a devotional; they do this through the testimonies. And notice that their testimonies don’t feature influencers or have fake, cleverly crafted testimonials from big-time marriage bloggers or authors—they’re from real, everyday people just like you and me.

In the navigation, they include a primary and a secondary call-to-action. The first one you notice is “Buy Now” and the second is “Get 5 Days Free.” What they’re doing here is giving an option to those who aren’t ready to buy now but are still very interested. It’s a way to generate leads they can sell the devotional to later down the road.

In the end, they do a great job making you feel like you’ll see results from their devotional. That you’ll find a closer marriage and a deeper relationship with God.

Key insights

  • If your book is beautiful, show it off. You’ll notice on the Two As One landing page that in multiple sections, they show off the interior of the book. They show a bold quote page as well as days 14 and 18 in the devotional.
  • If your book is unique, tell your audience how it works. In fact, this landing pages gives a significant amount of space to the “How It Works” section, breaking their book into four digestible and easy-to-understand sections
  • Integrate sharing into everything you do. Throughout this landing page, they include three inspiring quotes directly from their devotional with Facebook and Twitter sharing buttons. It’s not only a great way to break up the content on the landing page, it’s also a great way to drum up some more noise for your book.

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We hope you now have a good idea of how to get started creating a book landing page. Are there any other book landing pages that have inspired you in your research? Let us know in the comments below.

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