Bibliographic title management for publishers

Title Manager

According to Nielsen Bookscan, submitting up-to-date, relevant bibliographic data to your retailers, both online and offline, will see your average sales as 98% higher than those who don't.

Stison’s Title Manager is the tool you need to help you achieve this! 

Following on from over ten years of development specifically in consultation with publishing houses, Stison is confident that our powerful and flexible system will be an asset to your business.

We offer a wide range of web-based publishing software solutions that are affordable for small, medium and larger publishing companies, from academic publishers through to trade publishers. Title Manager is our core software application – a database to store your bibliographic data in one spot, making it easier and more efficient for all departments within your company to access and use that information.

The system does so much more than simply store your information. Stison’s Title Manager generates and distributes bibliographic data feeds via Onix to ensure your title’s presence in a global market. 

Let us help you manage your metadata to improve your sales, so that you and your team can get on with the thing you love most: making books!

Key Features

As a web-based system, there is no installation or server required

You can access your titles from any work station in the world

Onix compliant - compatible with Onix 2.1 and 3.0

Automatic Thema to Bic and BISAC Conversion

Runs on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems

The system can generate a wide range of marketing material – advance information sheets, order forms & catalogues in a matter of minutes

Easy for everyone to use!

Further Functionality

Onix Pre-Flight tool

Categorisation

Asset management

Customisable views and reporting

Content & work based views

Group based views & permissions

Bulk price update / price profiles

Contact management



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Onix Compliant

ONIX for Books is the international standard for communicating book industry product information in electronic form. Title Manager allows you to produce Onix 2.1 & 3.0 and operates on a "set and forget" mechanism - simply set a schedule (daily, weekly or monthly) to each receiver and all records changed since the last send will be processed and distributed automatically. This ensures that anyone involved in the sale of your books, from wholesalers and retailers, e-tailers, and aggregators, has the most up-to-date information about your products.

Onix Pre-Flight Tool

Organising your bibliographic data production ready for distribution to aggregators and retailers can take a lot of effort. Title Manager pre-flight tool will show your organisation data omissions and check the integrity of the data.Keeping your bibliographic data in good shape as time moves forward remains simple with the pre-flight tool. As new titles near publication date, the pre-flight tool will show you which titles are not included in Onix but should be, which titles do not have required data, etc.

Advance information sheets, order forms & catalogue generation

Title Manager stores all your bibliographic data. The sky is the limit for what you can then do with your data. You can use it to generate Advance Information sheets (AIs) and order forms with just a few clicks. You can even use Indesign's auto-flow capability to create catalogues, flowing in titles, ISBN, descriptions, pricing, cover images and any other metadata you need into the correct style and position. You can even use it to generate your own website.

Automatically feed metadata & content to retailers, e-tailers and aggregators

Not only can Title Manager send Onix, but it can also send xls & csv to retailers, e-tailers and aggregators via the automatic scheduler mechanism.

The system can also use the scheduler to send metadata, to send content - such as epub or pdf - and cover images to ebook stores automatically.

Asset management

The system can store digital content such as PDF, Epub, cover images, contracts, chapters and other content against titles, the content or the work. This can be categorised, published or hidden, published on set dates and additional descriptions set against the content. This is searchable and downloadable.

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Products - Reporting

Customisable views and reporting

Title Manager has sophisticated reporting capabilities. The easiest mechanism to download a report is to simply click the download button and select the columns you wish to export. Additionally, the system has a custom reporting engine that not only allows the user to search data in the system, but also data that may be missing, e.g.: titles with no USD price, cover images, etc

Each user can customise their dashboard view and title view within Title Manager. Select, for instance, contributor surnames, publication date, edition, editor, last date updated, etc. The user can also choose the columns to download which is retained so that next download the user gets the same selection as the starting column selection.

Categorisation

Title Manager has several categorisation options. Familiar categorisation mechanisms such as BIC and BISAC are built in, and we will provide you a full list of both BIC and BISAC Codes. Title Manager will also default filter to the most used BIC and BISAC codes on search. As the industry changes, Stison responds accordingly. We now offer Thema categorisation, categories that will soon apply to both the British and American markets.

As additional categorisation, Title Manager also offers proprietary categorisation on subject, theme, season and tag categorisation mechanisms. These are searchable and downloadable. The main use for subject, theme and tag is to drive website menus, but can also be used on your Advance Information sheets.

Users can also create book lists for special projects, which can be private or shared.



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Products - Contributor Details

Contact management

With Title Manager, you also get contact management facilities. Contacts can be categorised by source, market, catalogue, mail or interest. Additionally, you can create your own tag categorisation structure that you can search and download from.

Bulk Price Update / Price profiles

Managing all the prices of a product can be time consuming. Price profiles simplify this process by allowing a "profile" to be applied to a product. Change the profile and all the products on the profile will have their price updated. This can be used to update a single currency or multiple currencies. 

The price profile tool can also be used to search and update prices in bulk.

Content & work-based views

The Title Manager system uses a content-based view of data. Metadata can be shared between titles of the same form - so subjects, descriptions, illustration counts, publisher, imprint, etc. can be shared between Epub, PDF, Kindle, Paperback & Hardback. Similarly, covers can be shared across forms.

Work-based views are a new feature of Title Manager. Different editions of the same content can now be grouped by work. This allows us to run more realistic profit and loss on titles, and to pull rights and royalties information from the work to the title.

Group-based views & permissions

Every Stison product maintains an unlimited number of groups. Each group may also be assigned different menu groups, menu items and tab items. Each tab can also be set as read only to allow access to data without the user being able to edit. This ensures a much tighter control over your data.

Web services / website updates

Title Manager has a comprehensive set of Web Services. By using web services, your corporate website can be updated close to real time. Alternatively, we can use an xls or csv to update remote sites. Where possible, Stison automates these processes as often as possible.

Easy for everyone

As a web-based system, there is no installation or server required. Stison spend a lot of time ensuring the system is simple to use. Your staff will be able to get started with little or no training needed. We also have comprehensive manuals, or can do web based or on-site training if required.

Pricing

Stison offer two different pricing models: a leased system for small to medium publishers or for larger publishers you can purchase a site license.

On the leased system you use a shared instance. We take care of the servers, backups and upgrades. The cost is monthly depending on the number of titles you have. There is no per user cost.

The site license is a one-off cost for the system. This allows you to have as many users as you require. We don't charge any extra to let more people within your business use it.