This news-sheet from Bookzangle will keep you posted as to our current and future plans, bookseller software under development, and upcoming events and activities in the bookselling world which will be of interest to booksellers and book lovers alike.
The new bulk-upload to eBay modules inside our Bookzangle bookseller database are proving a huge success for members using or converting to our bookseller-specific database.
Some have reported new sales or sales increases of several thousands of dollars per month simply by using this eBay tool alone across all their existing listings.
The main principle of our eBay bookselling module is that you enter all your books and bibliographic data for all your other ("ordinary") bookselling sites (or already have them entered in some other database in most cases), and then our database auto-converts that into eBay-speak language without further input or attention from yourself (unless you want to over-ride the defaults, which is usually not required or even desirable).
What this means is that all your former records can be uploaded in bulk to eBay with the 80-character Title/Header auto-assembled in clever form, all the Item Specifics and Subjects/Categories auto-mapped to the correct matches at at eBay, your own Store Categories correctly (and automatically) populated, and so on.
Your postage rates to domestic and overseas locations are all auto-calculated as well, based on a global weight-based shipping matrix you set up within the Bookzangle database itself.
The eBay data upload requirements differ quite substantially for eBay USA, Canada, UK and Australia, and our database has separate upload modules for all four of those. Others will be added later.
For booksellers wanting to upload their existing 5000 or more listings to eBay in one fell swoop, and without endless tinkering/special scripting/labouring, our solution is the best and most user-friendly going down at present.
Automated and easy-to-trigger import routines of existing records in Homebase, Bookhound, Booktrakker, Book List and other common databases are all built into our database, and when you convert to it all your former bibliographic data and Descriptions are perfectly preserved, and thus can flow into the bulk upload of all your listings in smart form to eBay (and all your other sites)..
A detailed set of FAQ and Answers regarding our new eBay bulk-upload potential (and other FAQ about Bookzangle itself) may be seen by clicking the relevant link on the Homepage of this website.
And, of course, converting to the Bookzangle database gives you superior upload capacity to sites like Amazon, Abebooks and others as well as the eBay modules.
The Bookzangle bookseller database is just one of many online bookselling software routines which our members enjoy, and which tend to increase their sales at all their other sites, in many cases substantially.
These include a sophisticated Online Picture Proofing package; Variable Data Forwarding for sending different price and/or text data automatically to your different sites; customised, automated Spell Check routines which we run over your Title, Author and Publisher fields uploaded to us, and a whole lot more.
Full details of the benefits our members receive (both at the free, commission-only Bronze site membership level, or at the annual-fee, no commission on sales Silver level) may be seen by clicking the relevant link on the Homepage of this website.
Bookzangle is now finalising its last testing of its exciting new automated upload routines for booksellers to eBay, using a large Australian seller as its beta-test bookseller for that exercise.
We have already auto-uploaded some 85,000 books for this Bookangle member to the eBay site, and will very soon be making this auto-upload-path available to all our other bookseller members.
The Bookzangle upload routines to eBay will be sophisticated ones, and will involve an auto-creation of the all-important Title-Header there to maximise promotion of such features as First Edition, Signed copies etc.
eBay is a site much-underutilised by many booksellers, primarily because of the awkwardness and time-consuming procedures in getting listings uploaded there in any quantity. It is likely that many booksellers will want to join the Bookzangle site primarily to obtain access to these automated upload routines.
Bookzangle has now released its auto-watermarking software module, which operates at fileserver level for Silver and Gold site members.
This automated tool permits Bookzangle Members to set a command on their Dashboard instructing our fileserver to automatically watermark all pictures uploaded, either with a simple storename or with storename plus copyright symbol (recommended).
The unwatermarked pictures uploaded are then stamped with the symbol(s) and text chosen by the Member before being placed on the Bookzangle site and before on-forwarding to all other Member sites set to pictures Forwarding by Bookzangle.
Stamping each pic uploaded with storename and copyright symbol serves several purposes.
It inhibits the outright theft of one's valuable scans and pictures by other, unscrupulous booksellers.
More importantly, it stamps one's own storename on the pic which can be a profound extra store-promotional tool, particularly at those sites which either suppress or only grudgingly permit your unique storename to appear on your listings there.
The Bookzangle system is extremely simple to set up and once that is done all your uploaded pictures will automatically show copyright symbol and your storename stamped neatly at the bottom of each pic on all sites you have set for pic forwarding at Bookzangle.
DATABASE COMPATIBILITY ASPECT FOR THIS TOOL: These features will be available in equal form to users of ALL databases currently uploading to the WBM.
The Bookzangle bookseller site (which picks up where the former bookseller co-operative The World Book Market left off) has opened its doors to booksellers worldwide, who can now list their stock at the sales site fee-free.
A modest commission on sales applies to the entry-level Bronze membership, instead of monthly or annual fees.
Bronze Members are also provided with a very useful set of extra multi-site-listing software tools and utilities, including the auto-forwarding of their books and pictures to other sites; an ISBN verification services; and other helpful online bookselling routines.
A far more comprehensive set of professional tools and multi-site routines are available to SIlver Members, who pay an annual fee to join at that level, but pay no commissions or fees upon any sales achieved at the site.
Full details of both membership levels are on the homepage here.
A number of site-updates will be unfolding at Bookzangle over December 2012-January 2013
Main features of these changes will include: