Thus far in 2017, new royalty software system sales in the book publishing industry; for systems sold in the United States, appear to be dominated by four companies:
- Real Software Systems
EasyRoyalties (www.royaltysoftware.net) desktop solution is dominating the lower end of the market due to their lower price and support for a wide variety of royalty rules. Their title based licensing means that small publishers pay less than larger publishers that use the same software.
Klopotek (www.klopotek.com) is succeeding at selling royalty systems to the educational and professional publishers. Their new web based STEAM applications has facilitated access via mobile devices.
Real Software Systems (www.reasoftwaresystems.com) is reporting success in selling systems to larger publishers.
Virtusales (www.virtusales.com) is steadily increasing their penetration of the University Press market.
For both Klopotek and Virtusales, a publisher that purchases their title management solution is likely to purchase their rights and royalties module.
Metacomet (www.metacomet.com) has a new web based royalty software solution in beta. They are aiming for a royalty software solution that will minimize the need for customer support.
Iptor (www.iptor.com) has entered the American market with a rights, royalties and permissions solution that targets medium to large publishers.
Permissions management appears to be of increasing importance to royalty software vendors targeting book publishers. Permissions management allows a publisher to track the status of the component permissions that they purchased. It allows them to know rights are available for resell or repackaging and if those rights expire.