Pubeasy Launching Improved Platform in March
Pubeasy, the electronic ordering and customer service platform used by thousands of booksellers worldwide to check book prices and availability, the status of their orders, and to place orders directly with multiple publishers and distributors via a single web portal, has become all the more important during the pandemic. Nearly 900 new retailers signed up in 2020, a 600% increase over 2019.
Pubeasy is planning to launch a newly developed Pubeasy system at the end of March that will feature a fully rebuilt, state-of-the art technology infrastructure, including a streamlined modern interface, improved search, and tighter integration with related systems. The new platform has been developed by MVB, which purchased Pubeasy North America and its related service Pubnet in 2017, working in cooperation with Nielsen Book, which operates the service for U.K. suppliers. Nielsen Book will continue to serve its current customers using new platform technology from MVB, a subsidiary of the Börsenverein, the German book industry association, that specializes in marketing and industry services.
Ted Hill, CEO of MVB US, said, "Today's publishers, booksellers and distributors need improved tools and services to reduce costs and save time--smarter, more efficient direct ordering is a big part of it. While Pubeasy has served the publishing community well over the years, we realized that we needed to start from scratch if we wanted to significantly improve the benefits of Pubeasy for our customers. Our new technology represents a major investment in crucial infrastructure which will enable MVB to more easily roll out additional features and improvements over the coming months and years."
MVB CEO Ronald Schild said, "MVB is fully committed to delivering efficiency gains to the global book trade. We are proud to deliver the new Pubeasy trading platform based on cutting-edge technology and international standards. Our objective is to take Pubeasy to as many national markets as possible and thereby establishing trading links between publishers and booksellers worldwide. Right now, plans for the introduction of Pubeasy in Brazil are in the works."