Gumroad Library for iPhone

Sahil Lavingia on September 30th, 2014

We’ve been growing pretty fast. There are now more than 10,000 individual filmmakers, musicians, authors, artists, designers, developers, and other creators around the world selling via Gumroad, with hundreds now making their entire living doing what they love.

There are two questions that we ask ourselves every day here at Gumroad:

  1. What do these creators spend their time on that’s not making things?
  2. Can we do that for them?

Over the past 18 months, these two questions have prompted us to build and ship feature after feature (after feature) for creators and their customers alike. Audio streaming, video streaming, inline reading, gifting, subtitle support for films, recommended products, customizable galleries, pre-orders, subscriptions, give more, buy again, pay what you want, offers (and offers again), and many more.

Today, we’re excited to share the latest thing we’ve built — our first mobile app. Available on iOS 7 and above (Android coming soon), the app serves as a mobile version of the Gumroad Library. It offers native experiences for watching, listening to, and reading mobile-friendly Gumroad products.

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We built the Gumroad app to help the audiences of our creators have the best mobile experience possible. As of this morning, more than 8,000 films + videos, 35,000 books + comics, and 15,000 music products sold via Gumroad are mobile-ready.

Many Gumroad creators make their living entirely from selling what they make to their audiences via Gumroad, and each month we’re seeing more and more creators pass the six-figure mark on the platform. It’s been exciting to help make it possible for people to spend their lives doing what they love.

Renaming and Reordering Files

Travis Nichols on September 2nd, 2014

You run a tight ship. Your condiments are arranged alphabetically. Your books are ordered by dominant spine color in the ROYGBIV spectrum. You eat out of sectional plates. Everything is in its right place, and there is peace in your world. But then you upload your novella and accompanying music tracks into what was intended to be a tidy multi-file product, and your life is turned upside down.

Thankfully, Gumroad has just launched two features to put your life back together again.

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What’s your favorite song on the new EP? Is it 06_DCoSA? 02 In_Hammocks?

That’s not going to work at all. To change the name of an uploaded file, simply click on the name. Make your changes and click the checkbox.

Nonononono. You accidentally uploaded your chapters out of order.

You can remove all of the files and get them back up properly, or you can take a deep breath and simply drag and reorder your files.

Save your changes and you’re all set. Your buyers will see a perfectly organized array of files, and you’ll be able to sleep soundly.

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And there you have it. A two-in-one feature update that will save you time and bring things back into balance. You are a beacon of tranquility. You are a glowing, symmetrical starfish, unfazed by the swirling sea of chaos around you.

Let us know what you think of these new features here.

Trigger Email Sequences After Your Sale With Drip + Gumroad

Jessica Jalsevac on August 26th, 2014

This week we’re dropping not just one, but two new integrations for your selling pleasure. The newest collaboration on the block is email marketing automation tool Drip, which allows you to keep track of your leads and customers and craft every email interaction like an artisan.

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Want to sell a course that’s delivered over a 4 week period? Use Gumroad to accept payment and have the content automatically triggered in Drip.

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How about checking in with the people who bought your book? Create a follow up sequence in Drip to automatically send an email receipt, a thank you note, and offer a discount on future products.

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With a few mouse clicks, trigger any of the following actions in Drip based on a Gumroad purchase (you can even filter by your Gumroad product ID):

  • Subscribe someone to a Drip campaign

  • Remove someone from a campaign

  • Apply or remove a tag

  • Send a one-off email

  • Set a custom field

  • Record an event

  • Record a goal conversion

  • And more…

This makes it dead simple to instantly access, tag, and provide relevant emails to your Gumroad customers.

Full setup instructions for this integration (3 quick steps) are described in Drip’s knowledge base video.

What do you think of the Gumroad + Drip integration? Drop us a line and let us know.

360 Degrees of Sketchfab Integration

Travis Nichols on August 24th, 2014

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Or is it 360^? Or 64,800? Or 41,253 square degrees? Or maybe the question itself is conceptually flawed. Let’s move on before someone gets a nosebleed.

Depending on your source, the 3D printing market is predicted to grow to anywhere between $1.8 and $16.2 billion by 2018. That’s a lot of spatulas and toy drones.

With 3D printers getting cheaper and the costs of filament dropping all the time, it’s not unreasonable to imagine a $49 printer on every kitchen counter next to the toaster and coffee pot. Who wants waffles? I’ll start printing some plates and utensils. And waffles.

We’re excited to integrate with Sketchfab and further tap in to the amazing potential of 3D printing. If you’re selling printer files, you can now enter the URL of your design on Sketchfab as the cover for your product.

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It’s as simple as that. Potential buyers can then look at your file from every angle and make a purchase from the same page.


Do you design 3D-printable tools, toys, machines, or other useful things? Let us know. We’re logging reasons to get a 3D printer for Gumroad HQ.

Percentage-Based Offer Codes

Travis Nichols on August 19th, 2014

One of our most-requested features of late has been percentage-based offer codes. Well, we’re with you 100% and are excited to announce that feature today.

When setting up a new offer, you can now toggle between dollars off and percentage off by clicking the $ or % symbol.

Save your changes and you’re ready to go.

Click the Share button to copy the link to your clipboard and dispense it to your intended discounted crew. Otherwise, make sure the box for “Add offer field to purchase form” is checked so buyers can enter the codes you’ve sent out (in the above example, “buddies” or “newslettersubbers”).

In either case, your buyers will see the original price to your product and what it will cost to them with the discount. 50% off? Whattadeal.

Offer codes are a great way to promote a launch, rejuvenate interest in an existing product, or give reviewers and influencers access. How have they worked for you?

Learn more about offer codes here.

Your Library Card: Reading on Gumroad

Travis Nichols on August 11th, 2014

No need to download. No need to sync. There’s a new option for reading ebooks, digital comics, magazines, manuals, and any other visual content purchased on Gumroad. The following file types can now be read directly in your browser.

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Streaming? For books?

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After buying a readable file, buyers will see the option to read your content via the receipt shown upon purchase and in the email they receive. It’s that easy. To read (or download) in a Gumroad Library, an account is needed. If a buyer doesn’t already have an account, there’s an easy way to set one up. All they need to do is create and enter a password on the receipt, and they’ve got a Gumroad account and a Library of their very own.

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To check out this feature (yes, library pun intended), here’s a $0+ product that you can be reading in just a few clicks.

How to Transform Your Ideas into Software Products (sample chapter)
by Poornima Vijayashanker

If you update or add to your products, your changes will immediately be available to your audience without their need to redownload the content (unless they’ve already done so or simply prefer to keep a local copy).

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Happy reading.

Subtitle Support for Films

Travis Nichols on July 29th, 2014

¿Hablas español? Parlez-vous français ? With Gumroad, your film can. Vi är glada to announce subtitle support on Gumroad. Viewers of your film will now be able to turn on captions in the languages you provide.

When you upload a video file and click Add, you’ll be prompted to upload subtitle files. We accept .SRT, .DFXP, and .VTT (often called .WebVTT) formats. Add as many as you want.

A Subtitles file is essentially a text document with timing prompts. Miracle Tutorials offers a great lesson on creating subtitle files that can be found here.

There are a few options for creating and converting subtitle files. Here are some that we recommend:

http://www.jubler.org/ - free, all platforms
http://subsfactory.traintrain-software.com/ - paid, Mac only

If you already have subtitle files, but they’re not in .SRT, .DFXP or .VTT, convert them with one of the following:

http://subtitleconverter.net/ - free online tool
http://downloads.fyxm.net/SubC—44377.html
- free download, PC


On the buyer side, when streaming a video with subtitles, the activation and selection is simply a matter of pressing the CC button.

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-BÖIKZMÖIND, with English captions

For downloads, subtitle files will be listed on the download page in addition to the video file. To watch the film with subtitles, open the film with VLC player (free and open source) and select “Add Subtitle File” from the Subtitles menu.

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Now you can make the enjoyment of your films available to viewers around the world as well as to those with hearing impairments.

Let us know what you think of this new feature, or if you have any other questions about selling your film with Gumroad. We’re here to help.

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-The Hooping Life en français

In-Stream Buying with YouTube Annotated Links

Travis Nichols on July 24th, 2014

Instant gratification holds a special place in our frenzied hearts. That wonderful, addictive feeling of getting what we want, when we want it diminishes in the face of obstacles. That’s part of why we work to make buying on Gumroad as streamlined and simple as possible.

Now there’s a new way of doing that in the most shared and embedded website on the internet.

Annotations have long been a part of YouTube, but until recently, they have primarily been used to add background information or to link to other videos and channels. Now, Gumroad is on the short list of commerce platforms authorized by YouTube to be linked to via annotation directly within a video’s stream.

What does that mean for you? Viewers of your film/book/game trailer, music video, poetry reading, software patch, etc. can click an in-stream link and easily buy your product. It’s faster, it’s easier, and early evaluation is showing that this trimming of the fat can result in more product views and sales for you.

While logged in to YouTube and on your channel, click Edit on one of your videos. Then click the Annotations at the top. Choose the type of annotation you want, and what you would like the link to say (the Label box). Move it around to where you want the link to go. Then you can choose your colors and font size. The timeline at the bottom will help you find the place where you want to put your annotated link, as well as the Start and End boxes. Finally, enter the URL of your product on Gumroad or your Gumroad Gallery URL. The Link box will automatically check, and the default Video drop down will automatically change to Merch. Play back the video to make sure the link is where and when you want it, double-check your link, and you’re all set. Hit Publish and start sharing.

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Previously, using a video to share and promote your project meant embedding the video in your Facebook feed or blog and linking to it in a tweet along with a separate purchasing link. Suddenly that feels like sending a telegraph to place an order via Pony Express.

Your videos can now be a direct call to action. To learn other ways you can connect your audience with Gumroad, see our Integrations page in the Help Center.

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Loud Music in the Library: The Listen Feature

Travis Nichols on July 8th, 2014

Our new Listen feature allows you to stream audio files you have purchased in your Gumroad account. You can listen to a track on your receipt immediately after purchase, and more importantly, in your Gumroad Library.

When logged in to your account, click on the book icon in the upper-right corner of your browser to access your Library.

If you click on a single track you have purchased, you’ll see a Listen button that will let you stream the track in your browser’s tab. You’ll also have the option to download the track or save it to Dropbox.

When you select an album or audiobook of multiple tracks that you have purchased, you’ll notice a View Product button. This will take you to a list of tracks that you can listen to, download, or send to Dropbox.

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Listen is a free option in addition to downloading your tracks that gives you streaming access on your computer or mobile devices. Listen to an audiobook on your commute. Play a podcast without saving it to your computer.

Go ahead. Go to the Library and crank it up as loudly as you want.

Beautiful Portfolios with Dropr + Gumroad

Travis Nichols on May 22nd, 2014

Joining forces with some of the best sites and plugins around is a cornerstone of our mission to help you make a living doing what you love.

Our newest integration is with Dropr, a stylish online portfolio, creative network, and promotional tool for people who create anything, anywhere. Photographers, designers, illustrators, musicians, filmmakers: here’s your new look.

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Dropr portfolios are clean, customizable, and look the same on every device. You can share pictures, music, videos, and more simply by dragging and dropping. And with Dropr’s Gumroad integration, you can turn your projects into products for sale with a single click.

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In addition to integrating with Gumroad, you can connect your Dropr portfolio to apps such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and Soundcloud to get more traffic to your portfolio and import content from other sites.

And it’s free. No trial period.

You are allotted 20 free uploads followed by 1 free upload per week. Further, referring a friend awards you 5 free uploads (and 5 for your friend). However, if you’re still too prolific for that (way to burn the midnight oil!), you can upgrade to GURU status. With GURU, you get unlimited uploads and huge size limits, and you can use your own name vs. a generated portfolio number. GURU access is $9.99 a month or $99 a year, but if you enter the code ONTHEROAD, you’ll get a free month to check it out.

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