As part of a new cooperative venture, Frontlist Plus Universal, the online title-management tool developed by the National Association of Independent Publishers Representatives to enable booksellers to import information directly into their POS systems, will join forces with Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss. Starting with the fall 2012 selling season, FUP files will be available for download on the Edelweiss Web site. In the near future, according to NAIPR, publishers will be able to upgrade their FUP service so that independent reps can mark up catalogs for their accounts. Booksellers will be able to integrate FUP titles into their Edelweiss orders.
“We’re really excited to partner with NAIPR on what is a common mission—to help publishers, sales reps, and booksellers become more efficient in the process of getting the right books in their customers’ hands,” said Treeline founder and CEO John Rubin. NAIPR executive director Bob Rooney adds that it is “a great opportunity. Introducing new levels of service within Edelweiss allows publishers to participate at the levels they see fit on a title-by-title basis and to control costs as we move to an ever-greater digital transfer of information.”