Publishers have a number of online sales opportunities today. Most
of these opportunities fit within two options:
- Direct-to-consumer sales through the publisher's own website
- Consumer sales through a third party retailer
Connecting your books with consumers
As a technology company, Snowfall Press’ core is to provide technology solutions for publishers to connect with consumers and facilitate a sale that is more efficient and profitable for publishers than other options.
Snowfall eCommerce gateway options:
Snowfall Press API – This option is the most robust option if a publisher already has an eCommerce solution. This advanced program is designed web developers and advanced programmers. This option connects a shopping cart (eCommerce transaction is handled on the website) to the Snowfall Press print network. This is free to install, and orders will be charged a 15%gateway fee plus printing/shipping. The documentation for this solution can be found on our API set up page.
BETA: The Snowfall Facebook Bookstore – This option creates an instant store on a publisher’s Facebook business, author, or fan page. Orders are transacted through the publisher’s PayPal account and communicated to Snowfall through the cart, and Snowfall prints and drop-ships these orders directly to the publisher’s customer. This is free to install and orders will be charged a 15% gateway fee plus printing/shipping.The documentation for this solution can be found on our Facebook Bookstore set up page.
We are testing the BETA: Snowfall InstiCart Bookstore, which will allow a publisher to copy/paste HTML code to their website to populate an instant store directly from their Snowfall Press account. The checkout system is through the publishers own PayPal account. This is free to install and orders will be charged a 15% gateway fee plus printing/shipping.For more information, please visit our InstiCart page.
For publishers with eCommerce systems already in place, Snowfall is testing a new option that allows BETA: CSV batch orders to be sent directly to the Snowfall FTP site. Snowfall will process these orders through the order system and print/drop-ship them for the publisher. This could replace the need for API integration with Snowfall Press. This process uses CSV files with specific templates and also carries a 15% gateway fee plus printing/shipping.For more information, please visit our FTP page (coming soon).
Finally, Magento web and commerce platform users can use pre-programmed connections to Snowfall Press. For publishers still deciding what web/eCommerce platform to use, Snowfall has done all the back end integration with MagentoGo(http://go.magento.com/). They have a robust eCommerce system and the user interface is pretty slick, and inexpensive. Magento was recently purchased by eBay. The documentation for this connection can be found on our Magento set up page.
- Contact Snowfall customer support for final hook up instructions(email@example.com)
- Contact Snowfall finance for payment connection (firstname.lastname@example.org).Snowfall will send an e-invoice at the end of each week, for the books that were printed. This invoice will be automatically deducted from the publisher’s bank account the following week.
For more information and
specific instructions, contact email@example.com
Note: The API solution is technically demanding and may require
extensive knowledge of web development and programming. The Snowfall
Print Network has made this API available at no charge, but does not
have the ability to do any substantial consulting or programming for
publishers. It is the publisher's responsibility to make the required
modifications to its own website for integration.
The Snowfall Print Network offers its publishers the opportunity
to ship orders anywhere in the world, directly off press. Simply put the
shipping information in the order and select the desired shipping