MagLoft allows you to offer auto-renewable subscriptions to your magazine. At this moment, it’s important to note that you currently need to manually log into your Amazon developer account to create in-app purchases.
We are working on ways to automate this but until that is completed you will need to do this manually. Please find below the steps on what to do when you want to offer subscriptions in Amazon Developer account.
Please note these steps are specifically if you want to set up subscriptions. If you want to set up a single paid issue, kindly check out our article here.
In MagLoft Portal
If you want to offer subscriptions, your issues will need to have either the Paid or Subscribe unlock type.
Please note that issues set as Paid can be unlocked either via subscriptions or purchasing it as an individual issue, while issues set as Subscribe can only be unlocked via subscriptions.
After setting up the issues unlock type, go to the Portal > Sales > App Subscriptions to set up the subscriptions you want to offer.
You need to set up the duration of the subscription, trial period, title, description, price, and unlock type.
There are two different unlock types for subscriptions: Unlock Latest Issue and Unlock All Backissue.
If you choose the unlock type to be Unlock Latest Issue, readers who purchased this subscription will only unlock one (1) issue (which is the latest one) first and then will continue to unlock the future issues during his active subscriptions.
For example, A reader purchased the subscriptions on 30th of August, and the latest issue that is published live in the app when he purchased it was the August issue. He will then unlock the August issue immediately upon purchasing the subscription, and all of the future issues available as long as his subscription status remains active.
The other unlock type is Unlock All Backissue, which means that readers who purchased this subscription will unlock all of the back issues available before his subscription date, and then will continue to unlock future issues during his active subscriptions.
Taking the example above, if the subscription was set to unlock all back issue, the reader who purchased it will not only unlock the August issue. He will unlock all of the other issues available within the app that is published before his subscription date, and all of the future issues available as long as his subscription status remains active.
You will also need to pay attention to the product IDs available within the App Subscriptions set up. These Product IDs have been separated into each platform available (Apple, Google, Amazon, Web App).
To create the subscriptions in Amazon Store, you need to use the Product IDs available in the field with Amazon icon as shown:
In Amazon Portal
1. Log in to your Amazon Developer account
2. Go to App & Services > My Apps
3. Select the app that you'd like to add the subscription to
4. On the left side menu, click on In-App Items
Click on the + icon next to Add Single iAP, and then select Add a Subscription.
You will then be asked to provide the Subscription Title, as well as the Subscription SKU. Please note that the Subscription SKU here is NOT the Product ID available in the App Subscription section in MagLoft portal.
For Subscription SKU, you can follow the format we usually use, which is:
For example, if your website is www.magloft.com, then your subscription SKU for Amazon would be
After you add subscription, you will be required to fill in these fields: Display Title, Description, Icon, and Subscription Terms.
For Display Title and Description, use the Subscription title/name and description.
As for the Icon, you can simply upload your app icon. After that, click on Add New Term to add the subscription terms.
You will be asked to define the Subscription term period (monthly, quarterly, annually, etc.) as well as the term SKU. For the term SKU, use the Product ID available in the App Subscription field in the MagLoft portal.
After filling out the term period and SKU, continue further by defining if you want to provide a free trial and the pricing of the subscription.
Once you've filled out everything, scroll back and click Submit iAP button.