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Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More
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Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More
 
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Retailers can integrate e-commerce and in-store sales with Lightspeed. Xsilva Systems has designed this solution to run on both Mac OS X and iOS. Includes strong inventory and CRM functionality in addition to POS features.
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Retailers can integrate e-commerce and in-store sales with Lightspeed. Xsilva Systems has designed this solution to run on both Mac OS X and iOS. Includes strong inventory and CRM functionality in addition to POS features.
 
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Many bookstores sell more than just books, with products ranging from music and movies to coffee and pastries. AmberPOS includes an advanced SKU and inventory database, in addition to point of sale and customer management modules.
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Many bookstores sell more than just books, with products ranging from music and movies to coffee and pastries. AmberPOS includes an advanced SKU and inventory database, in addition to point of sale and customer management modules.
 
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COMCASH ERP is a complete retail management system ideally suited for multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The software is cloud-based, allowing access to the administrative functions from anywhere on any device. The Point... Read More
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COMCASH ERP is a complete retail management system ideally suited for multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The software is cloud-based, allowing access to the administrative functions from anywhere on any device. The Point... Read More
 
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More

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Quetzal POS logo
 
Quetzal is an integrated cloud-based, mobile point of sale (POS) solution that’s primarily deployed on iPad, but can operate offline if necessary. It’s suited for operators of apparel and footwear boutiques, but can also service... Read More
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Quetzal is an integrated cloud-based, mobile point of sale (POS) solution that’s primarily deployed on iPad, but can operate offline if necessary. It’s suited for operators of apparel and footwear boutiques, but can also service... Read More
 
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This system integrates retail and supply chain operations to uncover the most effective inventory management levels. Netsuite is an online solution we recommend to mid-sized grocery stores with multiple locations.
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This system integrates retail and supply chain operations to uncover the most effective inventory management levels. Netsuite is an online solution we recommend to mid-sized grocery stores with multiple locations.
 
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A wide range of book and music retailers can use Radiant Systems’ CounterPoint retail software. The system includes rental and layaway processing, loyalty programs, e-commerce integration, and detailed inventory management.
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A wide range of book and music retailers can use Radiant Systems’ CounterPoint retail software. The system includes rental and layaway processing, loyalty programs, e-commerce integration, and detailed inventory management.
 
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Instore is a comprehensive iPad point of sale (POS) solution supporting small to midsize retailers. It offers essential features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time tracking. In addition, Instore’s real-time business... Read More
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Instore is a comprehensive iPad point of sale (POS) solution supporting small to midsize retailers. It offers essential features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time tracking. In addition, Instore’s real-time business... Read More
 
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Offering a suite of applications to help streamline workflow and improve the sales process in retail, eCommerce, wholesale, and distribution, Agiliron can manage both in-store and mobile Point-of-Sale, scale easily to multi-stores,... Read More
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Offering a suite of applications to help streamline workflow and improve the sales process in retail, eCommerce, wholesale, and distribution, Agiliron can manage both in-store and mobile Point-of-Sale, scale easily to multi-stores,... Read More

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CORESense is an end-to-end, cloud-based Point of Sale and Retail Management System designed to address the specific needs of small to mid-size retailers. CORESense has been providing robust software solutions for more than 10 years,... Read More
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CORESense is an end-to-end, cloud-based Point of Sale and Retail Management System designed to address the specific needs of small to mid-size retailers. CORESense has been providing robust software solutions for more than 10 years,... Read More
 
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Book store owners should evaluate the iVend Retail point of sale application by CitiXsys. This system includes gift card program management and other loyalty features. Also includes e-commerce features for online stores.
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Book store owners should evaluate the iVend Retail point of sale application by CitiXsys. This system includes gift card program management and other loyalty features. Also includes e-commerce features for online stores.
 
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EHopper is a mobile point of sale solution for any sized business. In addition to the POS module, EHopper offers a suite of applications like order management, inventory management, and customer management. Order types are preset or... Read More
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EHopper is a mobile point of sale solution for any sized business. In addition to the POS module, EHopper offers a suite of applications like order management, inventory management, and customer management. Order types are preset or... Read More
 
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Celerant offers an on-premise retail suite that we recommend to resellers. In addition to its core POS features, integrated e-commerce and in-store management modules are included in this system. Great for speciality stores.
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Celerant offers an on-premise retail suite that we recommend to resellers. In addition to its core POS features, integrated e-commerce and in-store management modules are included in this system. Great for speciality stores.
 
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Strong inventory management is required in an application designed for bookstores, and features like inventory matrix/reports, multiple inventory databases and data import/export make Cegid a good choice for bookstore owners.
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Strong inventory management is required in an application designed for bookstores, and features like inventory matrix/reports, multiple inventory databases and data import/export make Cegid a good choice for bookstore owners.

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RetailPoint Point of Sale logo
 
RetailPoint Point of Sale is a cloud-based retail management system that helps users manage the daily operations of a single store or multiple locations in real time. In addition to the standard platform, it can also be accessed on... Read More
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RetailPoint Point of Sale is a cloud-based retail management system that helps users manage the daily operations of a single store or multiple locations in real time. In addition to the standard platform, it can also be accessed on... Read More
 
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Retail Express delivers Retail operating software, providing growing retailers with the opportunity to have more centralized oversight of their operations. This cloud-based platform offers point of sale, inventory management, customer... Read More
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Retail Express delivers Retail operating software, providing growing retailers with the opportunity to have more centralized oversight of their operations. This cloud-based platform offers point of sale, inventory management, customer... Read More
 
S2K Retail Management Software logo
 
S2K Enterprise Management Software by VAI is a fully integrated ERP system designed to manage mid-sized and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical markets... Read More
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S2K Enterprise Management Software by VAI is a fully integrated ERP system designed to manage mid-sized and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical markets... Read More
 
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Used by over 400 retailers, we suggest Aptos to grocery retailers that need “the works”. From loss prevention to accounting and POS, this system is a full retail management suite that can help grocers improve their businesses.
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Real Time POS is a scalable (offered as cloud service or on premise), point of sale and retail management system that serves a variety of both hard and soft good retail segments, including apparel, sporting goods, home décor, jewelry... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 17, 2017


Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Bookstore Softwware?
Common Features of Bookstore POS and Inventory Software
Benefits of Bookstore POS and Inventory Software
Deployment Options

No specialty retailers have been affected more by the emergence of online superstores than book and music shops. In addition, book and music store owners face the challenge of having to compete against the e-book and downloadable music market. Many are forced to rethink their business strategy to meet growing consumer needs for books and music files that can be accessed from a laptop or mobile device.

To differentiate themselves from Internet retailers, book businesses are becoming shopping destinations instead of just stores. For example, many have started to offer an expanded selection of non-core items, such as coffee and food.

What Is Bookstore Software?

There are thousands of retail point of sale (POS) software vendors on the market to help book and music retailers with the most critical aspects of their business, such as inventory and pricing. Systems exist for large organizations with several locations, small “mom and pop” stores, and everything in between. The goal of this buyer’s guide is to help book and music retailers find the right POS software to meet their needs in this evolving market.

Book inventory software and POS are the key modules for book stores and music shop software. Book and music store inventories typically contain just a few duplicates of a large number of items, and special orders are common. Books and magazines are usually identified with a number in the form of a bar code, called the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) respectively. CDs (and albums, cassettes and 45s produced after the 1970s) have Universal Product Codes (UPCs).

Many shops also have customer service and loyalty programs built into their business strategy, so customer relationship management (CRM) is another important aspect of software solutions as music and book stores are embracing social media to attract and maintain customers.

Ideally, systems should support both traditional stores and online sales, “bricks and clicks” operations. And, if stores buy product from customers to resell, the POS and accounts payable features need to integrate for the payments to be processed properly.

Common Features of Bookstore POS and Inventory Software

Book and music retailers should consider the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Online inventory A book or music store should have access to an online inventory system for the latest books and special orders.
ISBN and ISSN lookup The system should be able to look up the ISBN or ISSN for any book or magazine. The information, such as title, publisher and publication date, can be imported into the bookstore inventory software.
Non-book/non-music items The system should support the sale of non-book/non-music items such as beverages, snacks and toys.
UPC lookup Access to a UPC library for CDs and other inventory is critical. The system should be able to populate the inventory system with stock numbers and descriptions from the UPC library.
Online store The system should support online sales of items through a Web storefront. If there are both an online store and a physical store, there should be an option to share the inventory between them or to keep the inventories separate.
Promotional pricing The system should allow sale and promotional pricing. The pricing should change in the POS and inventory automatically at a specified time and date, if desired.
Customer loyalty program As part of CRM and to further solidify customer relations, many music and book stores have customer loyalty programs. The store system should track sales history and monitor loyalty program points awarded and redeemed.
Spoilage reporting If the store sell perishable goods; the “sell by” dates must be tracked, expired inventory must be collected and disposed of and the process properly documented.
Gift set packaging One of the key promotions for book and music stores are gift sets. The POS system must support gift set sales for a single price but correctly decrease inventory levels for the individual items when a gift set is sold.
Book/music buying If the store buys used books or music for resale, the system should have access to an online database to help determine the price. The POS should support the buying process and handle the transaction correctly through accounts payable and general ledger.
Online music and e-book sales If there is an online store, it should be able to sell music downloads and e-books in popular formats. Online bookstore software should handle the digital rights management (DRM) and royalties.
Online storefront integration Many bookstore owners will sell through other online mediums, such as Amazon, Biblio, AbeBooks and others. The system should be able to integrate with these online storefronts.
Query-based lists Users should be able to create lists and sublists of inventory based on keywords. A very helpful feature for both store owners and customers.
Customizable fields The system should allow users to create new fields, customize the length of these fields and vary the type of information included.

Benefits of Bookstore POS and Inventory Software

One should be able to see the operational and experiential benefits provided by the adoption of bookstore POS software. The three top benefits of the software include:

  • Accurate, automated inventory control. Any retailer would like to excel at managing inventory levels, but it’s especially the case for bookstores. Inventory features enable users to determine and never to run out of popular titles on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis.
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  • More efficient shopping experiences. The organizational benefits of bookstore inventory management enables any and all employees to quickly find items for customers, rather than having to sort through the section they’re “pretty sure it should be in.” This will lead to a greater overall customer experience and hopefully encourage repeat business.

Deployment Options

Most book stores use on-premise systems. In fact, paper-based systems are still used by some. However, software as a service (SaaS) systems are available and provide an attractive alternative for book stores and music shops that are upgrading or replacing current systems.

Most SaaS, or Web-based, applications are hosted on the vendor’s servers and paid for by monthly subscription. This deployment option is ideal for buyers who prefer lower monthly payments over a costly upfront investment.

A final benefit of SaaS software is increased accessibility. Users can access these systems from any device with an Internet connection and from Mac or PC operating systems.

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