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NovelRank iOS App Updated – iOS7 and iPad Support

Thanks to the amazing work of NovelRank user and contributor, Dave Wooldridge, the NovelRank iOS app has been upgraded! If you’ve never tried it before and you have an Apple device, now is a great time to download it. Here is a list of the new features:

  • New universal app with native support for both iPhone and iPad.
  • Optimized for iOS 7, but still compatible with iOS 6.
  • No more banner ads, but still FREE!
  • Now supports all Amazon country sites that NovelRank.com supports in a new horizontal sliding toolbar.
  • Added support for 64-bit iOS devices, such as iPhone 5s.
  • Completely re-engineered from the ground up!
  • Redesigned UI to better mirror the NovelRank.com color theme.
  • Several bug fixes, enhancements, and improved error handling.

See more screenshots and download it through iTunes or on your device:

Keep Track of your Physical Book Inventory

Authors on NovelRank do two things extremely well: Write books and obsess over Amazon sales rank. So it’s important not to worry about the little things, which includes keeping track of how many print editions of your books you have an where you are selling them. You want something as easy as NovelRank, so the creator of NovelRank has also created ReadySum.
Ready Sum Inventory Tool Screenshot

It’s a web app, which means you can view it on your PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile device; it looks good everywhere. And in true NovelRank tradition, it’s free. So if you’re interested in tracking your book inventory, then ReadySum is here to help.

As a bonus, the tool is adding new translations all the time, and so far you can use it in the German edition or the French edition.

Major Update: Sales Estimates and Overall Speed

For the first week of November 2011, I went through the process of migrating 400,000,000 sales rank records into a new database system, in an effort to improve the performance of NovelRank, especially when you requested large amounts of data (e.g. charting). As of today, that migration was completed and NovelRank was updated (I didn’t eat today… it’s been a long day) to use this new system in 95% of requests. I didn’t think there would be as many problems as there were, thus why many of you reported strange changes hour-to-hour in your data. All of that should be resolved and the system mostly stable.

One big change is that as of Nov 1, sales estimates are being processed through a much more accurate (but not perfect) statistically based system for estimating the number of sales that occur per hour. The system still has a weakness for inaccuracy with a sales rank < 500 due to being based on sales rank changes, but it is a lot more accurate for Kindle Edition books, especially those not on Amazon.com. Due to some feedback today however, it seems that for some titles with sales rank < 500, it was still likely to be underestimating (and could be improved). I’ve made a tweak going forward that should increase sales estimates for those popular titles. I’ll continue to monitor the results throughout the month. This new system is constantly learning and reevaluating what constitutes a sale for a particular book/ebook, and it’s accuracy is increasing daily.

Please be aware that your sales estimates MAY HAVE CHANGED TODAY for the month of November as NovelRank was displaying the OLD sales estimates prior to today, while recording both the old and the NEW estimates (which are now being displayed).

There are still some issues with speed when calculating your BEST, WORST, and AVERAGE sales rank causing massive slowdown using the new system. For now, these calculations are still based on the old database structure, and I’ll be working this week to try and solve this problem. The end goal is to keep the speed and performance of NovelRank high and remove the downtime that occurs for a few hours every 2-3 months as well as for 30 minutes every evening at 1pm Pacific Time.

Finally, for those using the iPhone App, 40% of the data provided is from the old system (to keep the performance quick). Later this week you may see the stats change to ‘n/a’ for STD and AVG information as that data will be removed. I’ll be working with the App creator to see if an update is possible after the changes have been made.

Thanks again for using NovelRank, and I hope that it continues to be a useful tool in every authors arsenal.

Update: Nov 9, 2011

Some new fixes and adjustments have been put in place based on feedback. The system is now much tighter with the sales estimation algorithm, as well as it attempts to calculate sales for ‘holding rank’ when books have a sales rank that is better than 1000. As usual, estimates for popular titles will still be underestimated due to limitations of sales rank tracking.

NovelRank iPhone, iPod, and iPad App Released

It’s been 10 months in the making, but as of today you can download the free version of the NovelRank iOS app in the iTunes store using the following link:

Reminder: Rate and Review the App!

The app, created by Electric Butterfly, Inc., is designed to show you all of the same data that you can find on your NovelRank User Page. If you don’t have a user account yet, you can create an account easily. Of course, if you want to download the app and test things, you can always use the username demo in the app.

The app is completely free to download for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. There are ads inside the application, and as soon as a legal matter affecting all Apple Store apps, a premium version of the app will become available with some additional features and no ads. A free version will always be available.

“As a huge fan of NovelRank.com, I’ve long wanted a NovelRank-powered iPhone app,” said Dave Wooldridge, author and founder of Electric Butterfly, Inc. “Working closely with NovelRank.com, we designed and developed this native app from the ground-up, providing NovelRank.com’s core features in a convenient, mobile solution optimized for iOS devices.”

To learn more about the features of the app and see more screenshots, check out the main app description on ebutterfly.com. The app is a very fast way to get details about your books while you are on the go. It has been fully tested, but if you do find any bugs, please report them at the above app page to Electric Butterfly, Inc. I’m thrilled about the work that has been done to make this possible, and without Dave Wooldridge, it would have never been possible.

About Electric Butterfly, Inc.
Electric Butterfly, Inc. has been developing award-winning web and software apps since 1995, currently specializing in iOS app development. Founder and lead developer, Dave Wooldridge, is the author of The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed (Apress) and other best-selling books.

iTunes Link