What features do booksellers need for a better app experience?

asterly
Shopify Partner
36 1 7

Hello all!

I'm working on an app (or apps) to make Shopify more friendly to booksellers. I'm building it for my own needs first, because there really isn't another option but I'd appreciate feedback about what tools other booksellers need.

 

My first tool will take bulk uploads of ISBNs and pull all relevant metadata about each title, creating products for each. First question: what data do you need? I know I'll use Title, Author, SRP, Publisher, Published Date, Format and Cover Image and weight. Is there anything else you'd like to see?

 

I'd like to create a thorough integration with Ingram Content. Right now I'm using Order Desk to sync orders and inventory, but a more specific solution just makes more sense. Ingram is weird and doesn't follow the normal rules to the point that Order Desk just gets confused. Do you need any specific features when it comes to that?

 

How important is an integration with your POS? I'm coming at this from the perspective of an online seller turning to retail instead of the other way around, so I imagine your experience could be different.

 

Any other features you'd really like for Shopify to be the easy choice for bookseller?

 

Thanks in advance! I'll make sure to reach out to anyone who provides feedback when the app launches with a discount.

If you have any questions or want more detailed feedback, you can email me anytime at lily@asterly.io

I run a small web service and consulting company. Our first consult and evaluation is always free with no strings attached.
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MollieD
Visitor
1 0 0

Have you continued work on this app? This would be SO helpful.

Cristina_92
Shopify Partner
47 0 15

Hi @MollieD ! 

 

If you are still interested you can try our app ISBNExpress: Book Importer - https://apps.shopify.com/isbn-express-book-importer.

 

In addition to importing book details, you can also customize the book-to-product mapping.

 

By installing the app, you will be able to create 50 book products for free.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Cristina.

 

ISBNExpress: Books Importer - import books by ISBN into your bookstore.
Boxi: Bundle Box Builder - create custom box builders.

2020Books
Visitor
1 0 0

I'm also interested in the work you are doing.

virtuetee
Visitor
1 0 1

I'm interested in this as well! I would love for it to also have a lending feature as we plan to take a hybrid approach as a bookseller and community library. Integration with Ingram and Pubnet so that it operates similarly to bookseller specific POS/IMS would be ideal.

bookseller
Visitor
1 0 1

Is this still in works or any progress, I migrated over to Shopify, and have lot of cool suggestions that can be implmented. Would love to work with you if you are still working on the project.