This August we have focussed on improving the speed of the system and management of the load on our servers. We are developing a range of features that benefit secondhand booksellers; the first of these is a local image and we would appreciate shops testing it on beta for us. If you would like to suggest software changes that would assist secondhand sellers you are more than welcome to add to our work in progress document.
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘104-Storey Treehouse’ is the Circle Best Seller this August with 1321 copies sold. ‘Scrublands’ by Chris Hammer has taken second place with 888 sales, and Scott Pape’s ‘Barefoot Investor’ remains in the top three, selling 854 copies.
July has been focused on improvements and getting ready for some major system infrastructure upgrades. Implementing a Content Delivery Network (CDN) Google managed mysql and a load balancer. We are hoping to implement Google managed Mysql this weekend.
‘104-Storey Treehouse’, the latest instalment by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, has entered the Top 50 with an incredible 5659 sales since its release earlier in July. Scott Pape’s ‘Barefoot Investor’ has returned to second place, selling 957 copies, and Mark Manson’s ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ has slipped to third with 729 copies sold.
June has again been focused on optimisations, bug fixes and improvements plus the ongoing effort to get the Rails 4 upgrade over the line. Delaying R4 is to make sure that it can handle the load and that as many bugs as possible are out before we move everyone onto it. Thank you to the stores that have been beta testing the R4 version.
David Walliams’ latest book ‘The World’s Worst Children #3’ is our June Best Seller, having sold 863 copies this month. Mark Manson’s ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ remains in the top three, selling 747 copies, and new release ‘Warlight’ by Michael Ondaatje has taken third place with 626 sales.
May was dedicated to improving the Agency and Distributor settings and the efficiency of setting up new stores, while we continue pushing towards upgrading the framework our application runs on from Rails 3 to Rails 4, which has proved to be quite the undertaking. The new Customer Order Interface is ready to look at and there is a video covering its features.
Having been translated into over 30 languages, Mark Manson’s ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ is May’s Best Seller with 673 copies. Tim Winton’s ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’ has slipped to second, selling 620 copies, and new to the top three is Gail Honeyman’s novel, ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’, which sold 587 copies this month.
Barclay Books is located in the Western Australian town of York. They sell new and second-hand titles and are the shop behind our ABE Books integration. Read on for an insight into the story of their bookshop.