BIC Media – The E-Book and E-Delivery Platform From arvato systems Makes Its Mark at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Looking back on the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009, arvato systems can view the event as a great success. Productive conversations were held with publishing houses, distributors, retail booksellers and distributors throughout the fair on topics such as E-Books and iPhone apps and their digital distribution to retailers and consumers.
With the new modular concept of BIC Media, arvato systems provides a ready-made solution, the scope of which goes way beyond anything else on the market. As opposed to being just another retailing platform, its positioning as a technology partner, in particular, has made it easier for potential partners to put their trust in the proven technology behind BIC Media.
The BIC Media Marketing module with its Flash widget and full-text search has been around for three years already and is successfully used by publishing groups like Random House, Lübbe, Oldenbourg, Rowohlt, and many more. It is also integrated into the Internet platforms of all major online booksellers.
The iPhone module for BIC Media can create an iPhone app from a book delivered as an *.epub file and publish it in the iTunes/App Store in little time. And, as requested, arvato systems is in charge of the accounts receivable management.
Rounding off the e-activities is the PoD module that helps publishers and their print-on-demand printers to streamline all relevant processes. It is complemented by further features that allow books with a print volume of 1 to be personalized effortlessly. BIC Media working in unison with its PoD partner GGP Media GmbH based in Pössneck, Germany, can offer these services to publishing houses without PoD providers.
All of this means that arvato systems is considerably closer to achieving its aim of setting the bar for the industry in communications betwen publishing houses, distributors, and retailers, thanks to BIC Media.
arvato systems intends to extend BIC Media in 2010 to include the Asset Manager module, which can be used as a standalone module in the publishing house or closely integrated with the existing BIC Media modules.