10-Dec-2011

Buy Books at Alibris Smartphone App

In my blog entry The World of Computer Vision, I talked about picture matching technology that will be used in a smartphone app. In my blog entry Smartphone App, I talked about my journey into the world of smartphone apps development. This page talks about my continuing efforts to translate the technology and smartphone app into a revenue-generating business proposition.

I have been accepted into the Alibris affiliate program on the basis of my Buy Books smartphone app. This is an exciting and important milestone. How far up this mountain am I? I need to mass-load book covers from Alibris into my server and I have requested their assistance, as well as review and feedback. Beyond the technological challenges, the hardest part is yet to come - marketing and promotion.

I have also contacted other book retailers through different affiliate networks and if accepted, I will work with them to provide my Buy Books smartphone app for other book retailers.

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This smartphone app allows you to purchase books online from Alibris based on scanning the cover of a book, or alternatively its barcode. This app operates on the basis of a Alibris affiliate program arrangement. You purchase books directly from Alibris.

This Buy Books app is a nice addition to your favorite smartphone apps because it allows you to purchase your books from a leading online book retailer by simply scanning the cover or barcode of a book which you might find at a friend's house or at a shopping venue. Take advantage of lower online prices.

My efforts to develop Buy Books at Barnes&Noble Smartphone App has ended in failure because Barnes&Noble does not currently support "mobile tracking" which means I get no credit for driving sales to Barnes&Noble via my smartphone app. They do not have a committed date for "mobile tracking".

Sometimes bumps in the road lead to finding better opportunities. Alibris is a leading online retailer which offers very competitive prices on new and used books. The Alibris affiliate representative is outstanding in providing help and support for setting up my Buy Books smartphone app for books at Alibris.

Jan 5th, 2012: Barnes&Noble announced official support for "mobile tracking". The Buy Books smartphone app support for Barnes&Noble is "back on".

On the other hand, the Buy Books smartphone app support for Alibris has stalled due to issues with Alibris landing pages on mobile devices.

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