Back to school is here, and the 10th issue of Calameo Magazine too!
Browse our brand new issue all about colors:
This issue is dedicated to colors. Whether you’re a painter, or a marketing enthusiast, there’ s something for everyone in this issue of Calaméo Magazine. We’ve got some interesting color stats, a spotlight on blue, tips on how to create your brand identity and a special Spotify playlist (and much more)!
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Here on the blog, we show the details of different features that make Calaméo work for you. From virtual libraries to custom viewer themes, we’ve highlighted plenty of ways to bring your digital publications to the next level. But one tool that we haven’t talked about is the Calaméo API and how to use it.
Today we’re taking on the subject of Calaméo’s API. We’ll look at what API is and in particular ways that it can help simplify your digital publishing needs.
Short for Application Programming Interface, an API is the set of protocols that allows a particular program to communicate with a different program. A main advantage of having programs communicate with each other via API is that it removes the need for people to intervene between them.
For example, your business may use software to manage the content of your digital publications and Calaméo to publish them online. By connecting your content management system to Calaméo’s API, you can avoid having to transfer files manually from your software to your Calaméo account for uploading. You can instead configure your software to publish to Calaméo directly.
💡 TIP: To make use of our API, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and code. If you’re not already comfortable with software development, we recommend discussing your specific needs with a professional for best results.
As a PREMIUM or PLATINUM user, you can publish up to 10 documents every 15 minutes or make up to 10,000 requests per hour with our API.
The Calaméo API in practice
It’s easy to see that making smart use of API can be a real timesaver. However, seeing where to get started may not be quite as easy. You might want to use Calaméo’s API if:
You use your own software for managing content
You use your own software for managing subscribers
You use your own monetization system
You want to monetize your publications on Calaméo
One of our API’s most valuable uses for our publishers is to create a system for selling their digital publications. First, make Subscriber lists to control reader access to their publications. Then, link your publication’s subscriber protections to an external payment program. A simple development will let you collect revenue for individual publications, a series or a period of subscriber access.
How to set up API access
The first step is to be sure you have a Calaméo account! If you don’t yet, you can sign up here for free.
Next, create an API key and set its access to the external software you want to connect. This is where you’ll need to begin developing your own code.
Once your API key is configured, all you need to do is consult our list of the Calaméo API’s methods and decide what you need to get done. The exact configuration for publishing, managing subscribers and monetizing content will depend on the programs used by your business.
To sum it up: No matter what you wish to accomplish with your digital publications, Calaméo’s API can be a great resource.
Going from browsing to buying is easier than ever.
Your publications can now become an even richer source for conversions, thanks to our brand-new feature: Shopping links.
What is it for?
Calaméo’s professional publishing tools already offered a great way to boost your image by highlighting your content and products in custom, interactive publications. With Shopping links, you can create a direct connection between your content and your ecommerce strategy.
How does it work?
Just add links to specific product pages in your online store—the Shopping cart button will appear on the page to let your audience know they can click to buy.
Even better, you can choose to have your Shopping links open directly inside your publication. Readers can view product details, add to cart and keep shopping your site seamlessly, without leaving your catalog.
You’ll also gain key e-commerce insights thanks to the new Shopping links breakdown in your Calaméo statistics. See which products are driving the most interest by checking the clicks on each of your Shopping links. Need the CTR? No sweat—it’s calculated automatically for you.
There’s plenty to explore for anyone who wants to bring their sales and digital publications closer together. Happy shopping!
Shopping links are exclusive to our PLATINUM plan. To access this feature, upgrade now. If you’d like to give Shopping links a spin, request your free 14-day PLATINUM DEMO and test all of the possibilities professional publishing has to offer on Calaméo.