At the Book Expo America 2014 we heard that;
Cyberwolf (aka ACUMEN Book) is doing well with their ebook download service. Their ERP solution has been enhanced with a POD module that automatically transmits orders to Ingram’s Lighting Source for POD printing and order fulfillment, and records costs of sales.
Metacomet has a new sales data warehouse product that consolidates all sales files for publishers. Their author-portal product has secured a solid client base and we continue to be amazed by the low pricing for this service.
Klopotek and NetRead formed an alliance to integrate NetRead’s JacketCaster and EbookCaster services into Klopotek’s Product Planning and Management (PPM) system. They have a customer base of over 300 companies, ranging from companies that utilize just a title management to others that use all their modules.
Media Services Group has updated their Elan ERP software to support iPad, Droid Tablet, and Smartphone devices. You can access title information, sales, royalty data, and more. Davis Publications, located in Massachusetts upgraded their CISPUB system to Media Services Group’s Elan.Web product.
Klopotek and Virtusales are focused on continually improving their user interface. Management at both vendors highlighted improvements they are making in this area.
Trilogy Publishing’s ERP solution went live at Midpoint Trade Books a book sales and distribution company on-time and on-budget. Trilogy software is also used by IPG (Independent Publishers Group) book distributors. Like ACUMEN they have integrated order fulfillment with Ingram and Ingram’s Lightning Source.
Virtusales revealed their business intelligence module. Virtusales is being implemented at Macmillan US, after being installed at their Australian and UK operations.
IBS Bookmaster was not at BookExpo America this year and their website has not been updated with new IBS Bookmaster system sales. IBS Bookmaster has a SQL based rights and royalties product that can be 1) integrated with Bookmaster, 2) integrated with your ERP software or 3) implemented as a standalone solution. View their royalty software video.
The Klopotek and Virtusales domination of sales to large publishers caused one vendor to redirect their market focus to small and medium sized publishers.
knkPublishing is steadily expanding their US presence with their Microsoft Dynamics NAV solution for book publishers. They have been successful in implementing their software at not-for-profit organizations with publishing operations.
Trilogy Publishing is successful at implementing their software at book distributors that have a large number of SKUs (ISBNs) and large transaction volumes.
Virtusales is focused on title information, editorial and production management, and royalties. Klopotek goes beyond this to also handle sales and subscriptions. For large publishers looking for a title information, editorial management and royalty system the finalists often come down to a choice between Klopotek and Virtusales (and Alliant for a royalty and rights solution).
Publishing Technology excels at implementing turnkey ecommerce portals that can handle tens of thousands of publications for purchase or subscription access.
IBS Bookmaster is facing the reluctance of CTOs (Chief Technology Officers) to adopt a platform that runs on IBM iSeries hardware. Despite the fact that they have the best WMS in the industry (and their competition admits it), their IBM hardware requirements and dated GUI are hindering ERP systems sales to new clients in North America. They have a new Windows MS-SQL based rights and royalties module that can be installed alongside their ERP solution or run as a stand-alone application that interfaces with the clients existing systems.
knk Publishing is focused on providing publishers with a publishing solution that integrates with the powerful financials offered by Microsoft Dynamics NAV.