Web Features

Tracking books sold?

I live in Canada and uploaded my artbook to Blurb a few days ago. Since then, I know I have sold a few copies but I can’t seem to be able to track me sales through the site.

On my dashboard, I see the Sales tab at the bottom of the page along with Visits and Profit. When I click the Sales tab, it prompts me to “Set Your Price” . . . which I can’t do because I’m outside of the US.

Does this mean I can’t ever track my sales? This is essential to me, so can someone help me out? Am I missing something?

Thanks so much!

—james

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Posted by
jameswhite
Jul 25, 2007 8:10am PDT
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No … you are not missing anything at all. We have every intention of extending the Set Your Price service to every Blurb author regardless of country. We’re in the process of better understanding the tax and currency needs on a per country basis.

James … you are not alone. This is a request we hear quite often, and we are actively researching all options. Stayed tuned to our blog – we’ll post updates when we have them.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Jul 25, 2007 3:13pm PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

I’m only concerned with tracking sales, not setting my price. But if the two are linked somehow, I guess I’ll have to wait.

Thanks for the speedy reply! :)

Posted by
jameswhite
Jul 26, 2007 5:14am PDT
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jameswhite
 

Currently the two are linked….though we are also looking at decoupling the two features.

Posted by
norcaljhawk
Jul 26, 2007 6:27am PDT
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norcaljhawk
 

Gotcha. Thanks so much!

Posted by
jameswhite
Jul 26, 2007 7:42am PDT
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jameswhite
 

This is then taking some time to decouple both features.

Many are not interested in the profits but mostly want to know how many copies have been sold via your bookshop. How hard can it be to add a counter which is triggered each time someone buys a copy? Preferably the counters are immediately updated with the actual numbers sold since the publishment.

 

Thanks

Peter

Posted by
Eyecatcher
Sep 21, 2007 7:50am PDT
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Eyecatcher
 

Would like to back up the user comments on here.

 I’ve just published my first book. I’m very (very) happy with the printed results. However, it is disappointing that I can’t track sales without adding a margin to the book. Especially when it would seem to be a very simple feature to add…

 I look forward to seeing some action on this asap.

 Many thanks Blurb.

Calum

Posted by
Cal74
Sep 27, 2007 6:03am PDT
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Cal74
 

Me too!!

Frances 

Posted by
fschling
Jan 19, 2008 7:35am PDT
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fschling
 

Since Blurb doesn’t let us track our sales how do we know they aren’t  keeping our profits for themselves!

Posted by
goldsun
Jan 24, 2008 12:16pm PDT
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goldsun
 

Goldsun,

If you’re in the Set Your Price program, then Blurb does track and report your book sales.  In order for there to be a profit, you have to enroll in the SYP (currently open only to US residents), and decide on your own markup which Blurb forwards to you after your book sells.  If you’re not, but have books in the bookstore, then the book sells for the list price, and the only profits are the ones Blurb takes on every book.  

A quick search of the FAQS will explain all this. 

Posted by
dagree
Jan 24, 2008 2:56pm PDT
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dagree
 

Goldsun,

Well, there IS an alternative way for you to make profit on your book sale. To do this, all you have to do is setting up your own simple ecommerce online store, such as PayPal or something like that. You can buy a couple of your own books at “wholesale” price through your own Blurb bookstore and order them. Once you get your books, you can simply market them online on your own by marking up on your book retail price.

It might be the option for you. I have seen a couple of similar authors do their own self-promotion of their books and are very successful at that on their own. If they can do this, so can you.

It is really up to you.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jan 24, 2008 3:06pm PDT
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