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Waterways Journal Selects Élan
July 17, 2014

The Waterways Journal, Inc. based in St. Louis, Missouri, has selected Media Services Group's cloud-based Élan solution to manage their advertising. Details of the agreement provide Waterways Journal with licenses of Élan.Web, Ad, CRM and here for more information.

Buyer's Guide: Why Ecommerce is a Strategic Imperative
May 23, 2014

The tide of retail is turning digital, and the book publishing industry, like most others, is being swept along. Research shows that consumers are increasingly turning to online sources to purchase books. In 2012, online book retail accounted for 44% of consumer books sales in the U.S., up from 39% in 2011, according to Bowker Market Research.

Progressive Business Media Selects Élan
February 14, 2014

Progressive Business Media has selected Media Services Group cloud-based Élan software to manage their advertising. Details of the agreement provide Progressive Business Media with licenses of Élan.Web, Ad, CRM and Financials. Progressive Business Media publishes Furniture Today and sister brands Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Playthings and Kids Today.

Exercising Your Rights
September 1, 2007

Publishers of all sizes have to manage detailed and vital information about the rights they own, the rights they have sold, and the royalties they either owe or are owed. It can be a significant accounting undertaking. Especially with the burgeoning digital marketplace, book publishers are increasingly redistributing their content in any number of ways and thus, generating additional revenue––as well as the need to manage additional rights and royalties. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions on the market today, from services that help publishers license their content to those that help automate the tracking and payments process to save time and

Management Tools for Saving Time and Money
April 1, 2007

Many publishing management solutions are available in today’s competitive marketplace that can help publishers automate and link business functions such as sales commissions, royalties, title management, fulfillment, invoicing, marketing, production management and more. As with choosing any solution, it is important to do extensive research on both the product and the company behind it. Ideally, you should be looking for a solution that won’t need to be updated every year, that can expand as your company evolves, and that will support your customer-centered business. “A solution must not only meet your needs today, but it must meet your needs five years from now. The

Tips for E-Commerce Solution Shopping
February 1, 2007

In the ever-changing world of multimedia and shoppers who expect things at the click of the mouse, e-commerce solutions are in high demand. “These days it’s so important to give your Web customers a great experience,” says Jim Morse, president of Morse Data Corp. To do so, it is important to select solutions that fit your company size, scope, staff and budget. The following advice from several e-commerce solution providers can help guide you through the process of deciding which product works best for your company. “A publisher should analyze the cost of not only the development of a solution, but the manpower

The Media Services Group Buys the Cat’s Pajamas
January 28, 2007

The Media Services Group (MSGL), a leading provider of integrated publishing and event management software, has acquired The Cat’s Pajamas, developer of the Cat’s Pajamas book publishing system. Terms of the acquisition, which closed on Jan. 24, provide for the maintenance of The Cat’s Pajamas offices and staff in Burlington, Wash. as a division of MSGL. MSGL currently owns, sells and supports two other book publishing software applications, BookWorks and CISPUB. “To be number one in this market you need to have great software, great customers, great support and great people,” said Jeff Shine, president and CEO of The Media Services Group. “The Cats acquisition

E-commerce-Solution Shopping Made Easy
June 1, 2006

Last year, retail e-commerce totaled $88 billion, or 2.4 percent of total U.S. retail sales, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In the first quarter of this year, U.S. retail e-sales hit $25 billion—2.7 percent of total retail sales for the quarter ($906 billion). And based on the average annual growth rate (in the mid 20-percent range) of the last few years, 2006’s year-end e-commerce totals are likely to top $110 billion. Book publishers in almost every market have launched e-commerce sites to tap the growing potential in e-sales. Major publishers such as Scholastic (, Random House (, McGraw-Hill (, Penguin Group