IndieCommerce

Paypal

To offer Paypal as a payment option you (the store) must have your own Paypal account. If you do not have one already you can create one here.  Once registration with Paypal is complete, please send us a request from the Store Features page (Store > Configuration > Account Information and Preferences > Store Features) to enable the Paypal module. We will confirm once the module has been enabled so that you may begin configuring it.

Adding Books

It is important to keep in mind that the vast majority of titles listed on IndieBound.org, and on our IndieCommerce member websites come from Ingram Book Company's iPage database. Generally speaking, if a title is listed with them (even if they don't actually carry it), it is listed with us. If you are a publisher, you'll want to contact Ingram to inquire about listing your catalog with them. You can find publisher-specific contact info here:

Local Store Inventory

When a visitor to your site searches for a title, they generally see books listed with one of these availability statuses:

Edit

Orders in a ‘Pending’ or ‘Processing’ state can be altered. You have the ability to alter just about every part of the order.

Navigate to: Store > Orders > View Orders

We recommend you always select the ‘View’ button first, verify that the order is in a ‘Pending’ or ‘Processing’ state that can still be altered and then once confirmed, select the ‘Edit’ tab to make your changes.

Cancel / Refund

CANCELING ORDERS

If an order is in a ‘Pending’ or ‘Processing’ state, and an item needs to be removed from the order, or the entire order needs to be canceled, this can be done with store administrator access or order admin access.

Navigate to: Store > Orders > View Orders

  • Remove Specific Items

Payment Options

There are many different ‘Payment Methods’ that can be enabled for your website:

Navigate to: Store > Configuration > Payment Methods

A list of available payment methods and those enabled on your site can be verified on the Store Features page (Store > Configuration > Account information and Preferences > Store Features). If you wish to have a particular payment method enabled on your site, you can send us a request from the Store Features page.
 

Orders

The main page listing all orders for review is at Store > Orders. Here you will find a list of all active orders and it is from here that you will process these orders as needed. In this document, we’ll review what each order status means and the difference between Store Fulfilled Orders and Wholesaler Fulfilled Orders. We will also go over 5 basic order scenarios and how to complete them.

Reconciliation Report

When you are using the shared ABA Authorize.net account, when the order status is changed to 'Payment Received' state, the credit card used to place the order is charged. The funds collected are placed in a holding account for 15 days or less. When the order status is then changed to 'Completed', the order is marked for reconciliation. Reconciliation happens on or about the 15th and 25th of the month -  the funds are withdrawn, and dispersed to all interested parties.

Create

At times, you may need to create an order on behalf of your customer. The instructions below guide you through doing so for both existing customers and new customers.

Navigate to:  Store > Orders > Create Order

Fulfill

Fulfilling orders is an important part of your business and as you have chosen to accept orders through your IndieCommerce website, we want to make sure the steps to fulfill those orders are simple and clear. The scenarios below cover the most common order processes.

HOW TO FULFILL ORDERS

The main page for orders is found by navigating to: Store > Orders > View Orders

Wholesaler Fulfillment

Many stores have questions about why an order did or did not go to Ingram (the wholesaler), and why the 'Send to Ingram' button does not appear for certain orders.

Listed below are the conditions for when the ‘Send to Wholesaler’ button will not appear and what conditions will cause an order to not be sent automatically to the wholesaler, when that preference is enabled.

Re-Authorizing A Credit Card

When a credit card is used to place an order on an IndieCommerce site, the card is authorized for about 4 weeks. Within that time, the card can be charged for the authorized amount on the order. However, there are two scenarios that will require a credit card to be re-authorized:

Givex Gift Cards

Givex is a third party company that ABA has partnered with for gift cards. They are the only third-party gift card that integrates with your IndieCommerce website in such a way that it can recognize the Givex card numbers, check the balance on a card, and thereby verify the payment at the time the order is placed.

Authorize.net

ABA encourages IndieCommerce stores to establish their own payment gateway account with Authorize.net.

Blogs

The blog module allows users to create and maintain a blog on your website. Blogs are usually written in an informal and conversational style and updated regularly.

NOTE: The ‘Blog’ module needs to be enabled for your site. If you have not previously requested we enabled it for you please contact staff@bookweb.org. We will send you confirmation once it has been enabled.

CREATE THE BLOG

Navigate to: Content > Add Content > Blog Entry

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About ABA

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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