Leading international book marketing, sales and distribution company, Eurospan, selected BDS to build its new online bookstore.
The Eurospan Bookstore features more than 200,000 titles from over 200 publishers represented by Eurospan. It offers a convenient route for academics and professionals to purchase material online.
BDS won the contract due to its long-standing, successful working relationship with Eurospan. This includes the provision of Eurospan’s bibliographic database.
BDS also provides online solutions for major players in the book industry, such as Macmillan Education, Melia and BatchLine.
“BDS is delighted to be selected by such a reputable, international agent,” says Eric Green, Managing Director, Digital, at BDS. “The Digital team at BDS worked alongside our client at every stage of the build to ensure the Eurospan Bookstore delivers a multinational, multi-currency platform that is easy to manage and attractive for visitors.”
A comprehensive offering
The new website offers Google and pdf previews, author pages which can also be developed into mini author websites, best sellers, new releases and special offers, eBook handling and supplier integration, price and availability, geo-located currency handling, multi-language page support and the integration of multiple databases. Searches undertaken by publisher, title, subject, ISBN, keyword or publication date, convert readily to secure orders with free worldwide delivery.
“BDS is able to draw on its huge breadth of experience working in the book industry,” adds Eric. “This includes our engagement with the development of international book industry standards, websites for organisations such as ISNI, our cataloguing work with the British Library and our work with industry news outlet, BookBrunch.”
Among the many “under the bonnet” features, the website links directly to Turpin distribution. This results in a system that can be notified of new titles and display them next day while orders are fulfilled automatically.
“Eurospan has worked with BDS for over a decade,” says James Smith, Head of Marketing Operations at Eurospan. “Our bibliographic database is central to all our operations and holds over 200,000 available products. For the latest version of our online bookstore, connecting directly to this database with a website built by BDS, was the natural choice. The integration is seamless, providing a great customer experience and we are extremely happy with the new website.”