An important criteria of any book publishing software purchase decision is the vendor’s area of expertise.
Publishing software solutions often focus their development in a few specific areas. While some vendor solutions excel in financial management others focus on title information management, production management, royalties & rights, sales order processing or ecommerce sales.
A vendor’s area of expertise can be identified by their software development roadmap, reading press releases to see what are the most commonly implemented modules are and viewing the vendor’s website to see what functionality receives the most emphasis.
Example 1: IBS Bookmaster is known for their sales order processing, distribution management and warehouse management along with integrated financials. Most of their clients operate have distribution and warehouse operations. A review of their website shows an emphasis on supply chain management and financial reporting.
Example 2: Klopotek is known for their production management, title information and royalty & rights management functionality. This is where most of their ongoing development has occurred.
Example 3: knkPublishing is known for its integrated Microsoft Dynamics financials. Publishers that purchased their software did so in large part because of their integration with the financial management modules provided by Microsoft Dynamics. With any type of software used, the development of it needs to be monitored, to make sure it is working to its full capacity in the right way, in relation to its specific job. People can find more out about this over at expedition.co.
Example 4: Firebrand Technologies is known for its turn-key title information management.
Example 5: Easy Royalties is known for their powerful royalty solutions for small publishers.
Example 6: Publishing Technology is known for implementing e-commerce solutions for publishers and their order to cash solutions for publishers.
Example 7: Virtusales focus is title information management, production management, and royalties. They do not handle sales nor offer integrated financials.