Site Licensing

We’re always trying to make it easier for institutions, along with individuals, to adopt Scrivener into their writing workflow. To this end, making it more readily available to larger organisations, we wrote a blog post back in November 2012 that covers the process of obtaining Scrivener licensing for universities and businesses http://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/?p=329. It details the steps involved and options available when using our direct web-store http://www.getscrivener.com, and provides information about securing volume discounts. It also mentions site and campus licensing for institutions requiring 500 or more Scrivener licences.

A number of institutions have been good enough to contact us over the years requesting pricing, and we thought we’d mention a couple with site licensing. The first place of learning that wanted to utilise Scrivener in their curriculum was Korea International School (KIS) back in 2009. They have a Mac 1:1 laptop program for their students (Scrivener is also available for Windows users) and wanted to use Scrivener in their language classes. The children were even good enough to produce a YouTube video showing Scrivener in action at KIS:

A prestigious site to which we’re very happy to be providing Scrivener over the next 4 years is the University of Cambridge. This is a massive institution, steeped in history from 1209, with an incredible academic record and alumni that includes the names Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton! The site is somewhat bigger than it used to be in the 13th century and now includes over 6,000 academic staff, more than 3,000 administrative staff, and well over 18,000 students. All those involved with the University of Cambridge now have access to Scrivener, and we naturally hope they take full advantage of the application when wrestling with their papers and theses.

If you’d like to use Scrivener within your business — maybe you work for a law firm http://www.literatureandlatte.com/casestudies.php?show=david_sparks, or you’d like your students or peers to benefit from Scrivener’s organisational and research gathering benefits — do not hesitate in contacting us at sales@literatureandlatte.com regarding site licensing. Alternatively, go directly to our online store here http://www.getscrivener.com to obtain licensing for a single user, or up to hundreds. Many thanks.

All the best, David.

Scrivener Licensing for Universities & Businesses

Some time ago, I wrote a blog post about ‘Becoming a Sales Affiliate for Scrivener’ http://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/?p=98. This detailed how you could go about becoming a member of a virtual sales force for Scrivener, earning a 20% commission in the process. This method of getting a little something back as you spread news of Scrivener still exists, but what I wanted to cover today is bulk licence purchasing. This would typically be useful for a business or university.

We are fortunate that Scrivener is being adopted by numerous fields of practice http://www.literatureandlatte.com/whousesscrivener.php, so we’ve tried to automate our web-store as much as possible in order to cater for most purchasing requirements. If you go to our web-store here http://www.getscrivener.com you will notice a Volume Discounts Available link associated with all our Scrivener licence types. If you press the link, you will then be able to see that we offer pricing in discrete bands that depend on the number of licences being purchased in a single transaction. Taking Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence) as an example, it is typically $45.00 for each licence, but if an institution were to purchase 51 licences then they would only cost $27.00 each.

Going the volume discount route and purchasing licences within a single transaction can obviously lead to a decent saving, but note the institution will only receive a single user name associated with a single serial number covering the number of Scrivener installation seats requested. It is therefore advisable that an institution name is used when going through the purchasing process. If you were purchasing on behalf of Stanford University, for example, using ‘Stanford’ as the ‘User’s First Name:’ and ‘University’ as the ‘User’s Last Name:’ would be advisable. If you were buying a number of licences for a particular department, perhaps the library, then ‘Stanford’ as the ‘User’s First Name:’ and ‘Library’ as the ‘User’s Last Name:’ would probably be a good way to go.

When buying in bulk, note that the number of licences purchased should equal the number of students or employees utilising Scrivener, not simply the number of computers within your organisation. Volume discounts have been tiered to ensure good savings are provided when there are a large number of users. For instance, if more than 250 licences are purchased within a single transaction, then you’ll save 60% on the normal licence rate for Scrivener. If your site or campus is in the order of 500 licences, please contact salesATliteratureandlatteDOTcom to get rates for site licensing.

If employees at a company want personalised licensing for Scrivener, tied to their specific user name, then going the volume discount route is not possible. Licences tied to a single user name need to be purchased separately.

Some institutions may be exempt from sales taxation. As there is no global database available detailing exempt universities or businesses, it is a limitation of the automated system that sales tax, if appropriate, will always be charged in the first instance. If you’re organisation is exempt from taxation, the value can be rebated to your method of payment once you’re in receipt of your STxxxxxxxx order confirmation. The order number is dispatched immediately to the given email address, and if you send this, along with your exemption certificate, to csfileattachmentATdigitalriverDOTcom then the sales tax portion of your order will be rebated to your method of payment.

The easiest methods of payment in our web-store are via credit card or a PayPal account, but if your order value is over $500.00 then the option to complete the transaction using a purchase order will open up. The company that run our web-store (eSellerate) manage the entire purchase order process. E-check (ACH) (U.S. only) and wire transfer are further payment options, with the wire transfer attracting a non-refundable banking fee.

I trust the above information will make the process of cleanly securing a bulk licence order for Scrivener easier to achieve. I hope any institutions that implement Scrivener into their workflows really benefit from the experience.

All the best, David.

Becoming a Sales Affiliate for Scrivener

Every now and again over the last few years, Keith and I have been fortunate enough to receive contact from enthusiastic users of Scrivener that want to help spread word of the application far and wide. Keith duly wrote some HTML code that provided blog and website buttons linking to our site. The buttons ranged from the hilarity of “Write here, write now” to The Hudsucker Proxy-inspired “Y’know – for writers”. These buttons can still be found on our Literature & Latte website by going via http://www.literatureandlatte.com/about.html, and clicking on the ‘Spread the Word’ link.

In August 2009 we added the facility for our users to actually become sales affiliates for Scrivener. Revealing the business savvy, world domination creatures that we are at heart, we’re now finally getting around to advertising this fact on our blog! You can actually earn money when mentioning Scrivener on your website by signing up to eSellerate’s affiliate program https://affiliates.esellerate.net/affiliates/home.aspx. eSellerate, a leading software commerce provider, manage the whole sales process and forward any due commission to the affiliate on a monthly basis. This link is to the eSellerate sign up page. We do not get a mention unless you use the ‘View Products’ facility and search for ‘Scrivener’. If you do, you will be able to see that the commission rate provided for a Scrivener licence sale that comes to fruition from your website will be 20%.

I went through the affiliate sign up process a while back to check it out. It is fairly thorough, and depending on circumstances, there will be some forms to sign, but eSellerate are a fairly thorough bunch of people! I see this as a blessing because Keith and I can then sleep easily at night knowing that VAT returns, sales taxes and the like are being managed correctly by eSellerate. I obviously do not want the affiliate program to be prohibitively difficult to join, but there might be a few legal requirements eSellerate enforce where other offered programs might not. The initial headache pays off with a slick operation thereafter.

If you do experience any issues when trying to become a sales affiliate for Scrivener, you can always contact me at salesATliteratureandlatteDOTcom, and I will liaise with eSellerate to hopefully find a solution.

All the best, David