Recorded Books, Microsoft and Trilogy Enterprise Systems Sign Strategic Agreement for Software

Agreement builds upon the highly successful Publishing Manager and Title Manager software that integrates with Microsoft Business Solutions financial management application; expands solution offering to the USA.

Press Contacts:

Scott Williams
VP Marketing
Recorded Books, LLC
Prince Frederick, MD USA
+01 410 535 5590
swilliams@recordedbooks.com
Alex Dare
Group Managing Director
Trilogy Enterprise Systems Limited
Milton Keynes, UK
+44 (0)7860 319581
alex_dare@trilogygroup.com

LONDON, UNITED KINDOM, 11TH October, 2003 – Trilogy Enterprise Systems Limited are pleased to announce its first ‘million dollar’ US contract for the supply and implementation of its Publishing Manager, Title Manager and Data Warehouse software to leading publisher Recorded Books, a division of Haights Cross Communications.

After an extensive worldwide search and selection process, Trilogy’s publishing applications were selected by Recorded Books, with assistance from Microsoft Business Solutions, for their superior functionality, innovation and technology. The Trilogy applications will be integrated with Microsoft Business Solutions-Great Plains financial applications

“Selecting a partner to supply and implement an enterprise resource is a critical business decision. Our decision was based on a clear understanding of our requirements and a strong evaluation process in concert with Microsoft Business Solutions. Trilogy clearly rose to the top and we are delighted to be working with them in a genuine partnership.” said Recorded Books President, David Berset.

Alex Dare, Group Managing Director, Trilogy Group stated, “This agreement clearly demonstrates that there is a new player at the high end of Publishing applications. Trilogy is giving customers a genuine choice to progress from their legacy systems and outdated technologies.”

Microsoft Engagement Manager, David Pearlman commented “Trilogy is very easy to do business with and demonstrated both high commitment and extensive knowledge of Publishing. We are delighted with this new relationship and look forward to many similar projects on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Key capabilities available in the Trilogy Publishing solutions are:

  • Publishing Manager – provides integrated campaign management, contact management, order fulfillment, stock control, rights and royalties processing, subscriptions, purchasing and distribution.
  • Title Manager – provides integrated product management, production control, scheduling, marketing and catalogue production.
  • Data Warehouse – provides a sophisticated, multi-publisher, reporting facility with extensive information delivery options.

The Trilogy applications are developed in a Microsoft open technology environment and deliver a highly functioned, low cost of ownership and future proof solution.

Product Availability

The Trilogy Publishing Manager solution is currently shipping and Title Manager is in early customer release.  For more information, please contact Trilogy Enterprise System Limited in Europe at +44-1242-222132.

About Trilogy Enterprise Systems Limited

Trilogy Enterprise Systems Limited, a division of Trilogy Group, was founded in 1987 and is a leading supplier of application software for the Publishing and Mail Order market place. Headquartered in Milton Keynes, England with marketing and development operations located in Cheltenham and Reading. The USA office is planned to open in the Washington area early 2004 together with the announcement of dealer appointments.

For more information, visit http://www.trilogypublishing.com/

About Recorded Books, LLC

Recorded Books, a division of Haights Cross Communications, was founded in 1979 and is the world’s largest independent international publisher of unabridged audiobooks. Recorded Books provides unabridged books on cassette and CD for consumer markets, libraries, schools and retail.

For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com/

About Haights Cross Communications

Founded in 1997 and based in White Plains, NY, Haights Cross Communications is a premier educational and library publisher dedicated to creating the finest books, audio products, periodicals, software and online services, serving the following markets: K-12 supplemental education, public and school library publishing, audiobooks, and medical continuing education publishing. Haights Cross companies include: Sundance Publishing and Newbridge Educational Publishers (Northborough, MA), Triumph Learning (New York, NY), Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), Chelsea House Publishers (Broomall, PA), and Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL). Haights Cross investors include Great Hill Partners and CSFB (formerly DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, L.P.)

For more information, visit http://www.haightscross.com/

Certain statements contained in this release may be forward looking statements and are thus prospective. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements.

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