Thorpe-Bowker®, in Australia, offers a wide-range of solutions to assist the publishing community to transact and be informed on the flow of digital and print books throughout the publishing ecosystem.
BookNet is a Windows based Inventory Management solution, created and supported by UniLink Data Systems, specifically for bookshops. It is designed to be the "One-Stop" solution providing booksellers with all the tools needed to increase efficiencies and maximise sales.
With more than 300 bookshops use BookNet in Australia and New Zealand, across all sectors of the book selling industry, we have a broad customer base covering; general bookshops, independents and chains, back-to-school specialists, as well as many of the university, museum, gallery and government bookshops.
Includes point of sale, inventory management, special orders, approvals, ordering, receiving, returns to supplier, loyalty program and customer management. The system also supports integrated EFTPOS from all major providers.
BookNet allows stores to monitor their performance against standard retail performance matrix. Most of these reports are available in CSV format, which means that they can be brought into Excel or Access and filtered as required. Financial information can be exported to major financial systems like MYOB and QuickBooks directly from BookNet. For enterprise finance systems, a finance file can be generated to integrate with the general ledger.
Using the BookNet XML web toolset, sites are given full flexibility to design and build a website to their own specification (or use an existing website). An XML export can be automatically scheduled from BookNet, to update details on titles and their availability. The XML import to BookNet allows orders to be generated on your website and be received in the BookNet web orders area for processing through the system. The web interface also allows sales of items from outside of BookNet, from a third party data stream like Books In Print®. Orders of those items are passed back to BookNet, which then automatically create the items not already in the system from the data provided in the XML order.
BookNet has a dedicated support team, offering telephone and internet based support, as well as emergency “site-down” support outside of normal business hours. We also provide access to a comprehensive and searchable Knowledge Base and Training Centre. The Knowledge Base provides users with access to solutions to a range of common issues and frequently asked questions. Whilst the Training Centre allows subscribers to have access to all of the latest training materials.
Thorpe-Bowker and UniLink together, are able to provide an integrated inventory management system, EDI ordering and receiving via PacStream, seamless bibliographic content through Books in Print®, as well as market intelligence from the Weekly Book Newsletter and Books+Publishing magazine.
"Our shops do operate more efficiently as a result of using the BookNet system and the range of Thorpe-Bowker products. I would recommend BookNet and the Thorpe-Bowker products to any bookshop."
- Bill Concannon, CEO Mary Ryan’s stores