Frequently Asked Questions

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What exactly is Tablescraps?

Tablescraps is a supplemental dashboard for authors and indie publishers to easily track important stats about their books on each of the places that it's available for purchase or review.

What stats are we talking about here?

We're talking about publicly visible information that's on the sales or review page for your book. The whole idea here is to avoid the need to keep a browser window open with a dozen tabs that you have to refresh and dig through just to see where your book stands. The actual data can vary a bit from one site to the next, but here's a basic rundown:

Which sites does Tablescraps support?

There's a lot of book sellers and book review sites out there. Supporting them all is a bit of a game of Whack-A-Mole. However, the following stores and sites are currently supported (US only, for now):

Tablescraps also supports Universal Book Links from Books2Read. If you enter your Books2Read UBL, Tablescraps will automatically add any book sites that are supported by both Tablescraps and Books2Read.

How does it work?

In a word, scraping. Basically, Tablescraps goes to each of these websites for you and collects your information on your book. Then, it presents you with a complete picture of your book's performance in one place.

Pull back the curtain. Who's behind Tablescraps?

My name is Jason van Gumster. I'm a writer. I'm also a designer, an animator, and sometimes I teach. Oh, and I'm lazy. I learned programming because I'm lazy. Why waste time doing boring tasks when I could have some code do it for me?

I have a few books published, both traditionally and independently, but it was always a hassle to keep track of how my books were being received by readers. Each book is published wide, so it was bothersome to do the "let's open a bunch of tabs and scroll around" dance. So I built Tablescraps to make my life easier. Somewhere along the line, it occurred that other indie publishers might want their lives easier, too. And here we are.

OK … so when can I use Tablescraps?

Now!. Tablescraps is in open beta. We just need to work through the last little bit of polish before our public launch. If you're OK sharing your opinion on how you think things should work, sign on up! I'd love to work with you and make Tablescraps everything it can be.