Frequently Asked Questions

What is Edelweiss?

  • An online, interactive, cross-publisher catalog service that supplements or replaces traditional hard-copy publisher catalogs
  • A mission-critical sales tool that allows sales repsresentatives, publicists or other authorized persons in a publishing house to:
      • share catalogs and title information by email, the web or printable pdfs
      • take requests from accounts and key contacts
      • manage their own contact lists
      • create their own catalogs targeted to specific audiences
  • A mission-critical buying tool used extensively by book buyers to discover titles that are organized in the way that book buyers work
      • supported by in-depth title data, sales representative input, POS integration, purchase order creation and sharing.
  • A system for publishers to take requests or proactively share secure, DRM-protected Digital Review Copies
  • An interactive research tool for librarians, bloggers, reviewers, and rights acquirers to find titles by genre and a broad range of additional, powerful filters
  • A platform for social networking amongst industry professionals, around shared reviews and anticipated titles

How does it work?

  • Any catalog “reader” may access and interact with the system for free
  • Subscribing publishers can add their titles to the system by creating catalogs and supplying rich metadata from a combination of ONIX or basic metadata feeds, supplemental custom feeds of enhanced content
    • content can be actively managed by a robust administration interface
  • A publisher and its sales representatives can share information with Edelweiss users and non-users alike

Who’s using it?

  • The vast majority of book industry professionals rely on their Edelweiss registrations: retailers, reviewers, librarians, and publishers. Additionally, tens of thousands of non-industry users with a desire to access the latest book offerings from the world’s largest publishers find what they’re looking for on Edelweiss.

What are the key benefits of the core catalog service to subscribing publishers?

  • Reach book buyers, selectors, and reviewers
    • Present your books to the universe of Edelweiss users
    • Use Edelweiss to reach out to non-users as well through email, PDFs, links to titles, and marked-up catalogs

 

  • Arm sales representatives with invaluable tools
    • Annotate catalogs, or their own ‘collections’ of titles with notes, tags, priorities, and modified comps, and specific suggestion quantities for accounts
    • Share a marked-up list with selected customers, individual customers, or large groups of customers
    • Sales representatives can use the system as an order form, to take order numbers regardless of whether their customer uses the system
    • View your accounts’ buy orders in Edelweiss that are fully exported to their POS system to create bibliographic records and purchase orders.
    • Integrate with Treeline Analytics data to see initial and lifetime sales for comparable titles at your accounts

 

  • Plus …
    • Create PDF documents from title content in several stock
    • Create your own templates for PDF, Powerpoint, and Word docs, including functions to generate a complete catalog or other document with cover, automatic index, and support for inserted content from your own template
      • Integrates with Ingram LSI for POD catalogs
    • Generate HTML emails from your content
    • Unlimited seat licenses
      • Outside sales representatives have a special configuration allowing them to mark up titles from multiple publishers
    • ONIX feed ingestion, automatic file processing for other ancillary data feeds
    • Easy-to-use catalog creation and management interface for managing virtual catalogs and title metadata
    • Support for custom fields and metadata beyond standard ONIX feeds, e.g., marketing bullet points, unlimited spreads images, embedded video, hyperlinks
      • comparable title support for titles from any publisher.
    • Digital galley service, fully integrated with catalogs
  • Support for alternate content in Christian, Academic, German, and UK markets, and for separate catalogs exposed to one or more separate markets
    • Localized language interface

 

  • Subscription costs
    • Core Catalog Service
      • The pricing for the catalog service is based on the number of titles a publisher typically publishes in a year, and starts at $2,200 annually. For a specific quote, please contact usfor more information.
    • Small Publishers
      • A publisher with 10 or fewer titles might want to consider IndieReader In-Store (IRIS). IRIS is a way to have your titles included in Edelweiss as part of that group at a discounted rate.
      • Also note that if you sign up as a publisher client with one of the distributors already on Edelweiss, like Perseus, PGW, Legato, Consortium, IPG, Ingram Publisher Services, Greenleaf, National Book Network, your titles will be included in Edelweiss.

What is the Edelweiss Digital Review Copy (DRC) Module?

  • Promote titles to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and academics
    • With Edelweiss as your platform for managing digital galleys, proofs, or finished review copies in epub or PDF format, you can reach the right people by getting your titles in front of the community of book industry professionals like influential booksellers and book buyers, wholesalers, librarians, media and book bloggers who use Edelweiss regularly.
    • In addition to the typical Edelweiss user base, you can also send digital proofs, galleys, or ARCs to your any key customers, media reviewers, rights shoppers, professors—or even your authors, in a much more economical way than printing and mailing books.

 

  • A controlled and targeted way to share galleys and review copies
    • Control access in the way that suits your publishing program best.
      • Grant immediate download access to groups, like validated B&N and Books-A-Million staff, and ABA members.
      • Whitelist or block individuals.
      • Make a ‘request’ button only available to certain groups, such as librarians or booksellers.
      • Or even share a title completely privately, with no requests allowed.

 

  • Security
    • Your titles can be subject to Adobe’s DRM to prevent file sharing and printing. Or you can use our own Social DRM technology for extra security. Or skip the DRM altogether.
    • Regardless, all users need to be granted permission by email address to access the book or to make requests – so downloads can be monitored.
    • Our interface makes it easy for your marketing, sales, or publicity team to review requests and approve or deny downloads.

 

  • Eligibility and cost
    • Any publisher may participate in the DRC program, regardless of whether they also subscribe to the standard Edelweiss service. There is a monthly subscription fee, which is dependent on the number of titles you’d like to make available for download.
    • If you would like to participate in the DRC program, please contact us for a contract or more information. Please include an estimate of the number of titles you’d like to have available for download at any one time.