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Sell Your Book on Payhip and We’ll Deliver

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With BookFunnel Delivery Actions, you can sell your book on Payhip and we will generate a unique, private download link and send it to your buyer automatically! We’ll also handle any tech support if the reader has trouble transferring the book to their reading device. Learn more about delivery actions and how they work.

Payhip Sales Process

Payhip is the seller, and your buyer can instantly download the book from Payhip. You cannot turn this off. Some readers already know how to transfer files around, so this is convenient for them.

Many readers, however, will struggle with the download process. For that reason, let your buyers know that they can also get the book from BookFunnel. Buyers will receive a separate (second) email from help@bookfunnel.com, which will contain a BookFunnel download link. If they had trouble with the Payhip files, or just think BookFunnel is super awesome, they can use the BookFunnel link to download the book.

Ready to get started? First, we will save the delivery settings for Payhip, and then we will create a delivery action for your book.

Payhip Delivery Settings (5 minutes)

It takes about five minutes to save the delivery settings for your Payhip account, but you only have to do this one time. This delivery setting tells Payhip to notify BookFunnel when you sell a book (using a webhook). It also allows us to verify that a purchase transaction is legitimate before we send a delivery email.

To set the delivery settings for your Payhip account:

  1. Click Sales on your BookFunnel dashboard and click Delivery Settings
  2. Click the checkbox for Payhip
  3. Highlight and copy your Payhip webhook
  4. Log into Payhip in a separate browser window. Click Account in the top-right corner of your Payhip dashboard, then click Settings, and finally click Developer (or just click here)
  5. Paste the Payhip webhook into the “Ping Endpoint” field
  6. Highlight and copy Your API Key
  7. Click Save Settings and then return to your BookFunnel dashboard
  8. Paste the API key into the field marked “Your Payhip API Key”
  9. Click Save Settings

Done! You have integrated your Payhip online store with your BookFunnel account. Next we will create the delivery action for each book you are selling.

Payhip Delivery Actions (3 minutes)

BookFunnel needs to know which book (or books) to deliver when we receive a webhook from Payhip. To do that, we’ll create a delivery action for each item we should deliver. If we receive a Payhip transaction for an item that does not have a BookFunnel delivery action, we will simply ignore it.

  1. You must first create the item on your Payhip dashboard
  2. Click Sales on your BookFunnel dashboard and click +New Delivery Action
  3. Name your delivery action Example: Book One with Extended Epilogue
  4. Select the book title to deliver from the drop-down menu (you can optionally select additional books if you are selling a boxset or discounted book bundle)
  5. If you have enabled more than one sales platform, select Payhip
  6. Log into Payhip in a separate browser window and view your dashboard
  7. Locate the item we will be delivering and click the View button
  8. Click inside the URL address bar at the top of the web browser and copy the link for your item
  9. Return to your BookFunnel dashboard and paste the Payhip Item Link
  10. Leave this delivery action paused until you are ready to activate it
  11. You can optionally customize the delivery email and delivery page settings
  12. Save And Close your new delivery action

Do you want to handle tech support?

NOPE! Of course not. You want buyers to contact BookFunnel if they have trouble. How do you do this? Easy!

Edit the text in Payhip’s receipt email, so that buyers know that they will receive a separate BookFunnel email shortly. Remind them that it’s ok to ask for help if they need it.

  1. Log into Payhip in a separate browser window.
  2. Click Account in the top-right corner of your Payhip dashboard, then click Settings and finally click Advanced Settings (or just click here).
  3. Under Email Receipt, edit the text in the receipt email and remember to save your changes.

Not sure what to say? Try something along these lines:

Thank you for your purchase! You can download the book files instantly by clicking Download Now.

If you have any trouble transferring the book files to your reading device, don’t worry! You will also receive a separate email from help@bookfunnel.com, which contains a link to download this book from BookFunnel. If you have any trouble with their download process, you can click the help link at the top of the BookFunnel download page and a member of their support team will be happy to lend a hand.

If you did not receive your download email, click here: https://bookfunnel.com/help

Test Your New Delivery Action

You should test your new delivery action before sharing it with readers to make sure everything is working smoothly.

To test your new delivery action, set the price to $ 0.00 and “buy” your book from PayHip. The transaction should appear on your BookFunnel Sales dashboard and you should receive a delivery email.

If you do not receive a delivery email, see tips below.

When The Test Fails

If you test the process and do not receive your delivery email, check your BookFunnel Sales dashboard.

  • If you see the failed transaction under “Recent Transactions”, there should be details on why the delivery failed and what you should check to correct it.
  • If the delivery email was not sent because the delivery action was paused, you can click the send button to send your delivery email manually. Remember to activate your delivery action when you are ready for BookFunnel to send delivery emails automatically (see instructions below).
  • If there is no record of the transaction under “Recent Transactions” on your BookFunnel sales dashboard, something was missed in the Shopify delivery settings. Walk through the delivery settings again.

Please note that once a delivery action is active, BookFunnel will not send a delivery email for a book priced at $0.00 if you are on a First-Time Author plan.

To Activate a Paused Delivery Action

  1. Click Sales on your BookFunnel dashboard
  2. Click the name of the delivery action
  3. Click Edit
  4. Uncheck the “Pause this Delivery Action” box
  5. Save and close your delivery action

A Note on PayPal Payments When Testing

PayPal will not allow you to buy an item with your PayPal account if it matches the seller’s PayPal account. This is a problem because you are both the buyer and seller when testing. To test your new delivery action, use a second PayPal account or pay with a new credit card that is not on your PayPal account. Or, make your book free ($0.00) for testing purposes and avoid the PayPal dance entirely.

Additional Notes

  • Delivery Actions are available on all BookFunnel plans
  • Each buyer receives a unique download link
  • Buyers have 14 days to download the book files, and can request additional time by visiting BookFunnel.com/help
  • EPUB & MOBI files are watermarked with the buyer’s email address
  • Delivery Action downloads are counted against your monthly download quota (just like a regular download)


I sell on Payhip and accept PayPal payments through them. Do I set up a Payhip delivery action or a PayPal delivery action?

You will create a Payhip delivery action.

Does BookFunnel send a delivery email, even if the buyer downloads the book file from Payhip?

Yes, we will always send a delivery email to your buyer.

I already deliver the book files through Payhip. Can you just handle the tech support if someone has trouble?

Yes! You will need to create a delivery action for your item. Then you can customize the email your readers receive from BookFunnel. Since they may have already downloaded the files, you can include text like this in your delivery email:

“You’ve already received the book files, but sometimes they can be tricky to transfer to your reading device. If you have any trouble, you can download your copy of {{title}} from BookFunnel using this link. They have step-by-step instructions and are happy to help if you need additional assistance.”

What is the purpose of the API key?

By providing the API key from Payhip, we can confirm that the delivery request we receive is valid.

Will BookFunnel deliver a free book?

If you are on a Mid-List plan or higher, BookFunnel will send a delivery email when you “sell” a free book on Payhip.

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