January has been all about getting the changes held back over Christmas out to prod. There have been a lot of bug fixes but also optimisations, improvements and new features moved to beta.
January’s best seller was Dr Michael Mosley’s ‘The Fast 800: How to Combine Rapid Weight Loss and Intermittent Fasting for Long-Term Health’, which sold 1225 copies last month. Scott Pape’s ‘The Barefoot Investor’ remains in the top 3, selling 1050 copies. ‘Normal People’ by Irish author Sally Rooney is the third best seller, with 992 copies sold.
‘Ottolenghi Simple’ by Yotam Ottolenghi was the best selling book in December, it sold 2841 copies. Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming: Michelle Obama’ followed closely with 2788 copies sold, and ‘The Lost Man’ by Jane Harper came in third, selling 2221 copies.
In December we focussed on stability and speed, avoiding making any changes that did not directly improve this. The stability of the server over Christmas was as a result of this, so we have decided to devote a developer to this full time.
The second novel in Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor series ‘Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow’ is November’s best seller, with 1566 copies sold. Best selling author Jane Harper returns with ‘The Lost Man’, which sold 1460 copies last month. She is closely followed by Jeff Kinney’s latest instalment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, ‘The Meltdown (#13)’, with 1449 sales.
Work in November has been focused on server performance and stability. We have completed a gift card integration with vii, as well as the Hachette price and availability integration. There are some new things on beta that we would like you to try, but with Christmas on the horizon we won’t be pushing any large, non-urgent changes in December.
At this end of the year we spend time improving performance and the issue alert and recovery systems. We have also taken the time to get some smaller things done that don’t make the top of the priority list, but are nonetheless annoyances and easy to do. The big things we have been working on are a system to merge duplicated customers (in progress) and the box scan tool.
Liane Moriarty’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ has retained the Best Seller position, selling 1671 copies in October. ‘Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens after the Worst Day of Your Life’ by Leigh Sales has come in second, selling 1387 copies. Following in a close third is Markus Zusak’s ‘Bridge of Clay’, which sold 1218 copies this month.
The concern most frequently voiced by Circle users is how the system will cope as the community grows. Through server scaling we can ensure the speed and reliability of the programme when the user load increases. Read on to find out how.
September has been spent pushing Accounts and Inwards Goods improvements to beta. As always, we would like you to test these changes for us to smooth out any problems and to properly prepare your staff. We have also added a green star to the Movers and PO Cart to help you make the most of Leading Edge deals.