Upgrade to Pro — share decks privately, control downloads, hide ads and more …


Andy Roberts
September 26, 2013


Book Pricing Alert Idea for Booktrope.com

Andy Roberts

September 26, 2013

More Decks by Andy Roberts

Other Decks in Technology


  1. “Wouldn’t it be great if someone would tell me when

    an e-book goes below a certain price?” Thursday, September 26, 13
  2. What about an app that does this? •You Sign In

    (1st time you start the app) •You Choose a Book Then We’ll: •Alert You When the Price Changes •Show You a Link to the Book Thursday, September 26, 13
  3. That’s It! This is enough to see if it solves

    a problem Thursday, September 26, 13
  4. Benefits • No Esoteric Programming • We Collect Fans •

    We Gain Knowledge of Sought After Books • We Gain Knowledge of Pricing Trigger Points Thursday, September 26, 13
  5. Benefits • We Begin March Toward Big Data Capture •

    Pricing Trends • Book Buying Habits • CTR • Book Readers Thursday, September 26, 13
  6. Benefits • We Repurpose Our Code • We Gain Knowledge

    of Amazon Practices • We Make $$ Through Affiliate Links • We Solve a Real Problem Thursday, September 26, 13
  7. Dev Tasks (Phase One) 1. Create Account 2. Search for

    Book 3. Save Book & Price Target 4. Display Pricing Links 5. Update Account 6. Update Book 7. Watch Book 8. Alert Price Drop *green denotes front end feature Thursday, September 26, 13
  8. Technologies • iOS API • Parse • RESTful API for

    Back End Functions • Store Accounts • Store Book List and Amazon Links • Amazon • Message Service (Send Alerts) • AWS (Scalable Server/Database) Thursday, September 26, 13
  9. Phase 2+ features • Allow users to specify additional genres,

    channels (iBooks, Nook) • Expand to other book formats (hardback, paperback) • Recommend books based on preferences • Allow users to specify authors to watch for new releases • Send news/offers based on preferences (opt in/out) • Accept advertising (BookBub pays us!) • Build Android app (3rd party Data API and Alerting speeds the process) Thursday, September 26, 13