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Hey there! This is the thread where I post when Book Report receives major updates. Click here to go to the latest announcement.

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Everything below in this post is about the first update I created a thread for. The link above will take you to the latest announcement, and the discussion around it.

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Hey there! I've just updated Book Report, and I thought I'd start the thread about the update for once. Here's a link to the blog post, and I've also posted the full text below. If you don't use Book Report yet, here's a link to the homepage where you can learn more.

The Book Report crawler now finds marketplace data along with every piece of sales data. It knows which Amazon marketplace (e.g. Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.in) every sale, page read, and giveaway happened on. This data makes estimates more accurate, and there are a few new ways to customize your sales reports. The new crawler is also faster and more efficient.


Breakdown by Marketplace

Both the pie chart and the details table in Book Report are customizable. By default, they both break things down by individual book. But if you click where it says "Book" in the phrase "Earnings by Book", it switches to "Earnings by Author". In the latest version, you can also break both the pie chart and the details table down by marketplace.

Whether you're hoping to get an All-Star bonus in a certain marketplace, seeing if you can grow certain marketplace faster than others, or just fascinated to be selling books all around the world, this is definitely something to check out.


Marketplace Filtering

For those of you who really want to go deep with their marketplace data, we've added an option to generate reports for specific sets of marketplaces. It adds another dropdown to the top of the Historical report, which lists all the marketplaces. The report will be filtered to only include data from the marketplaces you have selected.

For example, you can check how you're doing outside of the US by selecting everything but Amazon.com. You can learn all sorts of things by messing around with this -- maybe a book that has never been a best seller for you actually is a bestseller, in a certain marketplace.

This feature is turned off by default. You can turn it on by going to Settings and setting "Show marketplace filter dropdown?" to "Yes". It's off by default just to keep the interface clean -- if you need it you can get it easily, but if you don't it's not cluttering things up.


Better Page Read Estimates

On the 15th of every month, the Prior Months' Royalty report comes out and announces how much each page read was worth during the previous month. The tricky part is before that: You had 1000 page reads today -- how much money is that worth?

Different marketplaces also pay out different amounts per page. In March of 2017, Amazon.com page reads were worth $0.0046 USD but Amazon.de page reads were only worth $0.0034 USD. Since Book Report is now fully aware of the marketplaces, it can be smarter about that complexity.

There are now three settings for How should Book Report estimate KU earnings?

  • With the most recent rates. This option assumes that every marketplace will pay as much per page as it did last month.
  • Assume a drop is coming. This option assumes that every marketplace will pay less than it did last month. How much less? It finds the biggest drop for each marketplace that occured in the last 12 months, and assumes a drop slightly bigger than that one.
  • With a custom rate. If you want to keep things simple, you can still set a single custom rate that applies to all marketplaces.

That's all for today. Thanks for using Book Report!
« Last Edit: May 09, 2018, 01:49:13 PM by BookReport »
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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 11:33:57 AM »
These are fantastic updates, thank you! :D

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 11:35:07 AM »
0o0 Nice!

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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 01:15:40 PM »
Does this mean you'll reply to emails? I've sent two; one Sunday and one Monday.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 01:34:18 PM »
These are fantastic updates, thank you! :D

0o0 Nice!

You're very welcome!

Does this mean you'll reply to emails? I've sent two; one Sunday and one Monday.

Something must have gotten mixed up here, because there are zero unanswered emails in our system. I'll investigate to make sure it isn't something on our end. In the meantime, could you try resending your email to hello@getbookreport.com ? You can also shoot me a PM here if that doesn't seem to work.
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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 02:55:12 PM »
This might be a dumb question, but do we need to reinstall bookreport to get the updates? Or will it auto update?

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 03:12:41 PM »
This might be a dumb question, but do we need to reinstall bookreport to get the updates? Or will it auto update?

Not a dumb question at all! Book Report auto-updates. It runs the latest version every time you click the button.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2017, 03:17:46 PM »
Loving the update, it was a really pleasant surprise when it updated earlier, thanks. :)

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2017, 03:24:44 PM »
sent the email again Liam, thanks.

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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 08:45:50 PM »
Is Book Report still free if you earn less than $1,000 a month?

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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 08:52:17 PM »
This is brilliant! I've always wanted to know those numbers! Thanks for sharing ;)

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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2017, 09:17:46 PM »
Is Book Report still free if you earn less than $1,000 a month?

Sure is! I stand by what I've said all along: My goal isn't to make money off of people dreaming of becoming successful authors. The goal is to help people becoming successful, and then charge a (hopefully reasonable) fee.

This is brilliant! I've always wanted to know those numbers! Thanks for sharing ;)

You're welcome!
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2017, 09:54:39 PM »
I can't seem to type a custom value into the page reads value. Could be an issue with Safari on my iPad. Will check on my PC later, but I do most of my checking on my iPad.

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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2017, 10:51:33 PM »
You're very welcome!

Something must have gotten mixed up here, because there are zero unanswered emails in our system. I'll investigate to make sure it isn't something on our end. In the meantime, could you try resending your email to hello@getbookreport.com ? You can also shoot me a PM here if that doesn't seem to work.
I sent an email and it took so long to get a reply, I'd forgotten what it was about. However, I did get one eventually.

Now, I see you have paperbacks included but does your update tell us which is which? I have one of my books on the report twice, with no explanation, but kdp tells me I have sold a paperback. So do I assume that's the one? And is it only kdp paperbacks you are including, or Createspace ones as well?

I think Book Report is a great tool and for it to be free up to $1000 and then only $10 a month, knocks all the competition of its perch. Thank you.


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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2017, 12:39:41 AM »
This is a fantastic addition. Although I don't get all that many sales or page reads I love Book Report - especially hearing the ka-ching  ;D

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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2017, 08:12:13 AM »
This is a fantastic addition. Although I don't get all that many sales or page reads I love Book Report - especially hearing the ka-ching  ;D

The Ka-ching is the best part  ;)

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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2017, 09:33:39 AM »
I can't seem to type a custom value into the page reads value. Could be an issue with Safari on my iPad. Will check on my PC later, but I do most of my checking on my iPad.

Thanks for catching this. It should be fixed now. Please let me know if it isn't.

I sent an email and it took so long to get a reply, I'd forgotten what it was about. However, I did get one eventually.

Now, I see you have paperbacks included but does your update tell us which is which? I have one of my books on the report twice, with no explanation, but kdp tells me I have sold a paperback. So do I assume that's the one? And is it only kdp paperbacks you are including, or Createspace ones as well?

I think Book Report is a great tool and for it to be free up to $1000 and then only $10 a month, knocks all the competition of its perch. Thank you.

Getting customer service to scale has proven a lot harder than I expected, but things are currently better than ever with response times. 67% emails get a response within 24 hours, and I'm working towards 100%.

About the paperbacks:

 - I'm working on a better way to discern the two. For now, the best way might be just clicking the link in the table and seeing if it brings you to the Amazon page for the paperback or the ebook. If you're in KDP Select, you can also tell because paperbacks don't get any page reads.
 - Currently it only includes KDP paperbacks, not Createspace.

I'm glad you enjoy the service!

This is a fantastic addition. Although I don't get all that many sales or page reads I love Book Report - especially hearing the ka-ching  ;D
The Ka-ching is the best part  ;)

I've been thinking about making some changes to the Ka-Ching. What would you think of it only going off once per dollar earned, instead of every time the earnings go up at all? Some people don't like when it goes off, and they go to check their earnings, and they've only gone up by $0.002.
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Re: Book Report adds full marketplace integration
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2017, 10:17:46 AM »
Thanks for catching this. It should be fixed now. Please let me know if it isn't.

Getting customer service to scale has proven a lot harder than I expected, but things are currently better than ever with response times. 67% emails get a response within 24 hours, and I'm working towards 100%.

About the paperbacks:

 - I'm working on a better way to discern the two. For now, the best way might be just clicking the link in the table and seeing if it brings you to the Amazon page for the paperback or the ebook. If you're in KDP Select, you can also tell because paperbacks don't get any page reads.
 - Currently it only includes KDP paperbacks, not Createspace.

I'm glad you enjoy the service!

I've been thinking about making some changes to the Ka-Ching. What would you think of it only going off once per dollar earned, instead of every time the earnings go up at all? Some people don't like when it goes off, and they go to check their earnings, and they've only gone up by $0.002.
Sales of e books don't get any page reads either, so that doesn't help me see which is paperback and which is e book. Never mind; you are doing a great job.


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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2017, 10:42:35 AM »

I've been thinking about making some changes to the Ka-Ching. What would you think of it only going off once per dollar earned, instead of every time the earnings go up at all? Some people don't like when it goes off, and they go to check their earnings, and they've only gone up by $0.002.

Nooooooo, please, I need the Kerching (English) :)

It might only be 21p sometimes but that kerching is so exciting, please don't take it away, pleeeeeaaaasssseeee.
I don't earn enough to hear it at all if it changes to $1 or1.

I've only just recently discovered it & I love it, please everyone, vote to keep it :)

Anyone that doesn't like it can turn it off in settings, please keep it for the low earners :)

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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2017, 11:10:27 AM »


I've been thinking about making some changes to the Ka-Ching. What would you think of it only going off once per dollar earned, instead of every time the earnings go up at all? Some people don't like when it goes off, and they go to check their earnings, and they've only gone up by $0.002.

Nooooo  :o. Please keep it for minor amounts. Mine only go up by cents. if you change it to dollars I'll never hear it  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(


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« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2017, 11:12:28 AM »
Nooooooo, please, I need the Kerching (English) :)

It might only be 21p sometimes but that kerching is so exciting, please don't take it away, pleeeeeaaaasssseeee.
I don't earn enough to hear it at all if it changes to $1 or1.

I've only just recently discovered it & I love it, please everyone, vote to keep it :)

Anyone that doesn't like it can turn it off in settings, please keep it for the low earners :)
Nooooo  :o. Please keep it for minor amounts. Mine only go up by cents. if you change it to dollars I'll never hear it  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(



Alright, the people have spoken! If I do add a new way for Ka-Ching to work, it'll definitely be as a second option, not a replacement of how it works now. Thanks for the feedback!
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« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2017, 11:13:45 AM »
Alright, the people have spoken! If I do add a new way for Ka-Ching to work, it'll definitely be as a second option, not a replacement of how it works now. Thanks for the feedback!

Thank you :)

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« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2017, 11:39:55 AM »
Alright, the people have spoken! If I do add a new way for Ka-Ching to work, it'll definitely be as a second option, not a replacement of how it works now. Thanks for the feedback!

Phew! That's a relief. Thank you  :-*

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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2017, 01:18:25 PM »
This is great news!
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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2017, 09:37:19 PM »
Yes, it's working now, thanks! I did have to reload, but all great now. Thanks for the quick response!

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