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Lerner Publishing Group selects Global Turnkey Systems for an integrated end-to-end publishing solution

March, 2007




Minneapolis-based Lerner Publishing Group, specializing in educational books for K-12 markets, has selected Global Turnkey Systems (GTS) as its publishing solution provider.  After an 8-month review of solution alternatives, GTS – a division of Klopotek – was chosen for its range of functionality and professional team.  The full spectrum of software from GTS’ UNISON and Klopotek product lines will be implemented to handle Lerner Publishing Group’s publishing lifecycle, from acquisition through distribution.  Having recently merged with Klopotek, GTS is able to offer Klopotek’s industry-leading front office solution for title management, production and rights management.  GTS’ UNISON product line covers the sales, distribution and accounting needs of Lerner Publishing Group’s back office.  Lerner Publishing Group’s distribution center operations will be streamlined and automated through the implementation of GTS’ newest integrated module: Warehouse Management.

Lerner Publishing Group will benefit from a single view of the publishing lifecycle, from the development of an idea to the delivery of bound books.

Adam Lerner, CEO of Lerner Publishing Group, stated, “GTS offered us the back-end system we need to meet our strategic goals in fulfillment and distribution. With Klopotek we’ll have a fully integrated publishing system, from planning to shipping. As an independent publisher, we look for strong and long-lasting business partners. The collaborative approach GTS took right from the start has been impressive. The addition of Klopotek made this an ideal solution for LPG.”

Margaret Wunderlich, VP/CFO of Lerner Publishing Group, stated, “The integrated solutions from GTS and Klopotek will help us streamline our publishing process and gain valuable efficiencies in our distribution operations, while establishing a platform for growth that Lerner Publishing Group has planned for the next several years.  The GTS team shows a strong depth of knowledge of the publishing process and is able to understand the unique requirements of our environment.”

Al Alteslane, President of GTS, stated, “We are honored to have been selected by Lerner Publishing Group as their primary business system provider.  Our alignment with Klopotek gives us the opportunity to meet Lerner Publishing Group’s requirements for product development capabilities, as well as our core strength in fulfillment operations.  Lerner Publishing Group can now take advantage of the best integrated end-to-end solution available from the most experienced people in the publishing software industry.”

About Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, is one of the nation's largest independently owned children's book publishers. With more than 3,500 titles in print, Lerner Publishing Group offers top-quality nonfiction and fiction books for grades K-12, including fascinating, photo-illustrated informational books; supplementary titles that support science, social studies, and language-arts curriculum; high-interest topics such as sports, vehicles, and crafts; and engaging picture books, chapter books, and intermediate and young-adult novels.  Lerner Publishing Group includes the following imprints: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Carolrhoda Books, Graphic Universe, Twenty-First Century Books, ediciones Lerner, LernerClassroom, Kar-Ben Publishing and First Avenue Editions.  Additional information may be found at www.lernerbooks.com.

About Global Turnkey Systems
Global Turnkey Systems, Inc. (GTS) was established in 1969 and has grown to become a leader in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and systems for the publishing industry, specifically for publishers of subscriptions, books, and e-information products. Some of Global's multi-national customers are Reed-Elsevier, Thomson Corporation, Wolters Kluwer, Springer NY, and Scholastic, Inc. The GTS team is comprised of not only systems experts, but publishing experts as well. Many GTS employees come from the publishing industry and truly understand the needs of their customers. GTS works exclusively with the publishing community, allowing it to devote 100% of research and development to the changing requirements in the industry. GTS is a division of Klopotek North America.

GTS offers leading edge publishing-specific products to the publishing marketplace. UNISON has integrated modules including: order processing, invoicing, accounts receivable, inventory control, sales analysis, royalties, mail list management, contact management, special promotions, EDI, warehouse management, job costing, accounts payable, purchasing and general ledger.  UNISON also offers subscription fulfillment and circulation management.  Integrated with UNISON are modules from the Klopotek product line including product development, production planning & management, contracts, rights and royalties.

Additionally, GTS's Professional Services team assists throughout the implementation, offering superior project planning, business requirements analysis, conversion assistance, testing, training, and technical support.  For more information, please contact Eric Reiss at E.Reiss@gtsystems.com or call 800-524-2132 x678. Global can be found on the web at www.GTSystems.com.

About Klopotek
Klopotek is the leading supplier of international standard software and consulting services for publishers. Hundreds of publishers of every type from trade and specialist literature, school book and education publishers to scientific publishing houses, use Klopotek software to manage their publishing businesses. Klopotek’s customers deliver all types and formats of publications from the classical book to loose leaf editions, periodicals,

magazines and advertisements to electronic products such as CD-ROMS, DVDs, videos and online content. Currently, Klopotek software supports more publishers with more users, in more locations developing and distributing more products around the world than any other software company.

Additional information is available at www.klopotek.com