ERP for
Software to help businesses
capitalise on shifting
publishing industry supply chains


With high street shelf-space shrinking, increasing demand from digital retail, and ever-shortening attention spans intensifying competition for online advertising, publishers need flexible, lean business models in place in order to manage their content and retail channel mix profitably.

Iptor’s market leading software digitizes and automates end-to-end publishing business processes. Streamlined distribution of compelling digital, physical and on demand content is managed from creation through to consumer engagement, ensuring diversified revenue mixes are maximized, while margins are protected.


Evolving content channels, consumption habits and commercial models means standing still in today’s publishing industry is not an option. Market insight, business visibility, control, and the agility to adapt quickly is key if the opportunities presented by shifting dynamics are to be turned into profitable revenue.

Iptor’s solutions and services designed for the publishing industry enable rich, industry-specific data collection, that provides insight and visibility across the complete publishing value chain. Confident decisions based on accurate forecasts can be made quickly, and actioned immediately with the complete control Iptor’s industry-specific functionality provides.

With Iptor’s ERP for Publishing you can:

Increase multi-media channel efficiency

Gain greater visibility and agility

Make decisions confidently

Manage more title, with less inventory

Iptor is playing an integral part in our strategy to deliver digital solutions to the marketplace. Their software enables enhanced analytics, greater transparency in financial reporting, robust compliance and controls, and optimal customer service interactions. Perhaps the most immediate benefit is that it saves our people time that can be used for more productive activities.

Matthew CantwellVP of Finance and Strategy, McGraw-Hill Education

Most sales are still traditional printed products and Iptor is running our warehouse effectively and efficiently. By adding digital content information, we are able to develop an accurate, real-time view of sales and better understand the impact digital content is having on the business.

Timothy DoyleChief Finance Officer, Harvard University Press


McGraw-Hill Education: The journey of navigating the shift from a traditional textbook publisher to a digital Adaptive Learning company.

The Changing Face of Publishing: Gauging the Impact of Digital Technology

5 Ways Publishers Can Be Successful in the Digital World

An ERP built specifically for Publishing

Royalties, rights, permissions and contracts

Enables content distributors to manage the complexities of partnerships between publishers, intellectual property owners, consumers and upstream supply chain partners for handling royalties, subsidiary rights and associated financial arrangements.

  • Proactively manage royalties, rights contracts and permissions processes and tailor them to individual business rules.
  • Access all payees, individual contract particulars and royalty details within one central area.
  • Automatically calculate royalty payments, reducing costs and increasing accuracy.
  • Automatically post royalty accruals through to the General Ledger.
  • Effortlessly and accurately pay advances, as well as amend royalty payments.
  • Design royalty statements according to business needs and generate statements and remittances automatically.
  • Consolidate accounting of separate contracts for an individual author into one account.
  • Highlight exceptions and discrepancies and ensure accuracy and integrity of input data through control reports.

Publishing-specific financials

Effectively manage complex items such as rights control, payment management and content assignment from mixed sales channels such as consumer-direct access to products, series subscriptions, mixed media offerings and never-out-of-print publications.

Maintain effective order status, account payment, contact maintenance and sales and subscription management to control cost and protect margins.

End-to-end industry-specific functionality

Comprehensive ERP functionality designed specifically for the needs of publishers and book distributors operating print and digital businesses.

Core System functionality includes; Business Intelligence; Order Processing and Billing; Returns Management; Warehouse and Inventory Management; Demand Planning, Purchase Management; Shipping Accounting; Accounts Payable; General Ledger; Accounts Receivable, Claims Control & Tele-collections; and EDI.

Optional Publishing Modules include; e-Commerce and Digital Delivery; Editorial and Book Production; Royalties, Rights and Permissions; Subscriptions; Academic Adoptions; Customer Relationships Management (CRM); Retail Management (POS); Rebates; Commissions; Third Party Logistics (3PL); Fixed Assets; and Advanced Warehouse Management.

Digital product supply chain

Flexibility and control to manage a wide range of technologies and approaches to delivering content or intellectual property to consumers via e-commerce in a downloadable formats.

  • Format: ensure consumers are able to access and use the product once acquired.
  • Financial: copyright owners are correctly compensated for sale of the product.
  • Rights: appropriate rights and permissions are granted and managed through the transaction process.
  • Delivery: control and manage delivery to the customer.
  • Partnerships: manage third parties for elements of the supply chain that are outsourced.
  • Sales: report and manage sales through to the GL.

Print-on-demand (POD)

Manage POD capabilities effectively to reduce cost, streamline delivery and remain competitive in today’s consumer-driven marketplace.

  • Distribution using in-house controlled POD and delivery.
  • Distribution using third-party aggregator controlled POD and delivery.
  • Warehouse replenishment using POD for titles not yet at a level of inventory requirement suitable for normal printing houses, or whose sales volume no longer warrants actively managing the product as a part of the core business and inventory plan.


Create an online sales channel for physical products using Iptor’s e-commerce solutions for publishers, or seamlessly link existing websites to Iptor’s ERP for publishers to effectively managing the core back office operations and providing seamless integration with the warehouse distribution services associated with physical sales made digitally.

Digital product sales are managed with unique system functions include stock type, costing methods, product combinations and use of sub components as building blocks of a digital product. In addition, online retail operations, such as Amazon, can report sales of digital products using industry standard methods, processed as part of the standard sales operations.

Online subscriptions for print and digital media, are supported and managed, with customers able to subscribe to a mixed print media product, as well as a digital media product, in both combination and singular. Web-based delivery is also managed.

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