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continues to evolve based on customer requests and
the overall direction the book industry

Workshop on “Books and Culture in the Digital Age”

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Ghana International Book Fair
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Royalty Module features NEW royalty type

To help meet the demands of the most challenging author contracts, especially in trade publishing, we have introduced a NEW royalty type called “Discount Range”.

It allows the user to specify the applicable royalty rate by discount range, and depending on the accumulated-quantity-sold and where it fits in the defined Quantity-sold ranges per geographic region.

After specifying the escalated discount and the quantity-sold ranges per geographic region, the system also presents the user a choice of 2 royalty-calculation methods: by (1) Net Receipt or (2) Published Price.

Note: Generally, in trade-publishing, Local Sales are usually based on published price/RRP, whereas Export Sales are based on Net Receipt.

If you are interested, please contact your software vendor or email for more information.

In the image below: (1) Discount range columns, (2) Quantity sold range columns (3) Royalty-calculation Methods: (net receipt or RRP).

Figure 1: Royalty Module

Figure 2:
Sample royalty statement
Royalty Module

Editorial and Production Module

The Target publication date can now be auto-projected from the selected “Type of Schedule”, which has been pre-set to choose “Revised Manuscript Date” or “Handover Date” as the project starting date, plus the total duration from the selected “Schedule Template”. The Target publication date suggested by the system may be manually overwritten, for example, if a specific day of the week was preferred.

The “Type of Schedule” is pre-set, in our preferences, to choose “Revised Manuscript Date” or “Handover Date”, as the starting date in all its uses.

The “Schedule Templates” contains the individual tasks and their duration that make-up the project-cycle.

Figure 1: Editorial and Production Module

Figure 2: Editorial and Production Module

Auto-emailed Customer Statements / Chase Letter

When customer statements are auto-emailed, the system by default suppresses customer statements with the negative balances. This has been the case for over 18 years, as publishers did not wish to alert customers of credit balances held on their behalf.

We have introduced a criteria system that allows each user-client to specify the criteria to be applied in the auto-customer statement releases as shown below.
Figure 1: Auto-emailed Customer Statements / Chase Letter


We have introduced a “text only” blurb feature across all blurb types, in Editorial and Production module and Product Window, to help customers struggling to keep within the 300 character limit set for short blurbs.

Note: When exporting blurb fields into a standard ONIX file (XML format); we are forced to include extra escaping commands around the XHTML coding, otherwise the ONIX file will fail. These extra coding may inadvertently extend the blurb beyond the 300 character limit.
Figure 1: ONIX