Valsoft Corporation strengthens Print & Publishing vertical with majority stake acquisition of Klopotek
Montreal, Canada, August 7, 2023 – Valsoft Corporation Inc. (“Valsoft”), a Montreal-based company specialized in the acquisition and development of vertical market software businesses, is pleased to announce its majority stake acquisition of Klopotek, an industry leader in ERP solutions for the publishing industry in 140+ locations with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.
Since its inception in 1992, Klopotek has been dedicated to supporting the entire value chain of print and digital publishing. The company’s solutions have played a pivotal role in the success of numerous large multinational publishing groups as well as small and mid-sized publishers, empowering them to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry.
After more than three decades of leadership, Ulrich Klopotek von Glowczewski, Founder & CEO, has taken the decision to step down from all his roles effective immediately due to personal reasons. The responsibility of steering the company into the future now lies with Peter Karwowski, who assumes the role of CEO. Peter brings with him a wealth of experience in the publishing technology industry. His dynamic leadership and strategic vision position him perfectly to guide Klopotek through its next phase of growth and innovation.
IPG / Klopotek podcast
„This episode of the IPG Podcast looks at the benefits of publishing management systems with Nella Klopotek von Glowczewski and Viktoria Menslin of Klopotek. They tell us how software can reduce effort, increase productivity and help in particular with metadata and remote working.“
We look forward to meeting you at our Stand H69 in Hall 3.0!
Find out about new developements & enhancements to our solutions for handling your business processes in a smart & intuitive way. If you have a good knowledge of German, you're also welcome to join a guest presentation at our stand by representatives of Publisher Consultants on Thursday on "Sustainability & Publishing".
Check back soon to learn more details about our live demos & presentations during the Fair. In addition to putting the focus on our apps & services tailored to your needs, there'll be room for discussion on our special offerings – as we'll be 30 this year – and our efforts in the field of sustainability. Did you know that we are part of a team of companies working on creating a Code of Conduct for our industry? Learn more on our dedicated Sustainability Page.
Klopotek & Link- Busters cooperate to fight against piracy
The Link-Busters technology quickly detects and removes online infringements and disrupts the digital piracy ecosystem , which results in sales increases, optimized marketing and the best possible care for publishers.
Klopotek will actively promote services of Link Busters to the customer base and all interested parties in the publishing industry. With a view to the cloud strategy by Klopotek and Link Busters are evaluating technical integration of the services to the broad range of existing and future Klopotek Cloud customers
Peter Karwowski, CTO and Designated CEO: "Klopotek has been following the industries' efforts to protect themselves against piracy for years. There are very effective methods to protect content from piracy. But they are mostly limited to digital content and costly to implement and to operate sustainably. We believe that the approach of Link Busters is much more effective and sustainable as it covers all kind of products and can be easily adapted to new trends in the industry as well as on the piracy front. It’s a kind of cyber police for publishers and authors we are happy to support."
Klopotek Private Cloud: selected for reasons of cost-efficiency, availability & more ...
Bas Baas, Vice President of Technology, led the Brill team preparing and executing the move to the Klopotek Cloud. In an interview with us, he explains the main reasons for switching to our Cloud service in detail and speaks about the project that resulted in migrating various business locations to the Private Cloud during one single weekend.
WPG switches to the Klopotek Public Cloud
Our customer WPG Uitgevers (Weekblad Pers Group), a leading publisher of books and journals in the Netherlands and Flanders, has decided to switch to the Klopotek Public Cloud.
Reasons for moving to the Cloud
Erik van Aalst, CFO at WPG, explains: "We were looking for a system that could help us to further harmonize our business processes – that could return the data we put into it as valuable information, so that we can react quickly and decisively to market changes. We wanted this to be safe and cost-effective. And we wanted this to happen without having to complete a long and expensive implementation and migration project. All of this was possible with Klopotek's cloud solutions."
Some background information: the practical value & use of well-kept and maintained data in Klopotek
Carl Hanser Verlag, "one of the few medium-sized publishing companies in the German-speaking area still owned by the founding family" (source: www.wikipedia.org), is one of our first customers: This publisher has been using Klopotek for more than 25 years. An optimization project was completed in 2020 which included upgrading to version 11 of the Klopotek Classic Line solution, so all processes can now be handled using the Klopotek software. In so doing, the project team also took the opportunity to address optimization issues such as "What can we get out of Klopotek, exactly?" and "Do we use the system the best possible way and how can our users generate added value?"
Since then, the practical value and relevance of well-maintained data has become and is still becoming apparent at a growing number of departments, especially when creating individual flyers, internal documents, and lists at the touch of a button.
Another element that is being addressed is title metadata in XML: using InDesign, it can be transformed to become a publisher's preview or HTML pages...
The multiple benefits of exports and style sheets
Join our team — together we can archive more!
Do you want to join our Group? You will work in an interesting, international team with low-profile hierarchies and will have, from the beginning, your own responsibilities. Over 14,500 users work with our software – by joining us, you will significantly contribute to our goal of making life easier for people in publishing & media.
Technischer Redakteur (Technical Writer: native speaker of German)
Senior IT Project and Program Manager
Full Stack Developer
Junior BI Developer
Developer / Software Architect
IT System Administrator
Finanzbuchhalter /Schwerpunkt Debitoren
Software Support Consultant
March 2022, Episode 17
From Voice-driven, Voice-oriented to Voice-first: How Voice AI Changes the Game for Publishing and Beyond
From voice-driven and voice-oriented to voice-first: In the new episode of Klopotek Publishing Radio, Bradley Metrock, CEO of Project Voice and General Partner of Project Voice Capital Partners, explains the ins and outs of voice technology.
Bradley starts with sharing how his personal and professional experience revolves around voice technology, AI, and publishing, and then provides an in-depth analysis of how the emergence and rise of voice technology and voice AI has been making a revolutionary impact on publishing and various other industries.
In the end, Bradley recommends several events and programs to learn more about the most recent developments in voice technology and publishing: Project Voice 2022 (April 25-28, 2022, in Chattanooga, Tennessee), Digital Book World 2023 (Jan 16-18, 2023, in NYC), his podcast This Week in Voice, and Project Voice.
More interesting facts about him:
His best stress reliever – gaming; and the top 3 games on his list
Two figures on his VIP list for a prefect dinner – Jesus Christ plus Elon Musk
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Bradley showcases the main second-person plural pronoun used in Southern American English - “Y’ALL”
June 2022, Episode 19
"Two Dollar Radio" publishing books “too loud to ignore”
This month, Klopotek Publishing Radio puts the spotlight on independent publishers and bookstores. We are joined by Eric Obenauf, and the conversation is all about being an 'indie'.
Eric Obenauf is Co-founder and Editorial Director of Two Dollar Radio, a Columbus, Ohio-based, family-run press, founded in 2017. In 2020, Two Dollar Radio received the "Voice of the Heartland Award" from the Great Lakes and Midwest Independent Booksellers Associations, and was named Foreword Reviews' "Publisher of the Year", among many other awards.
The discussion begins with Eric sharing his entrepreneurial experience – how Two Dollar Radio was launched, and how it has evolved to grow into a multi-award-winning publishing house getting both local and national acclaim. Eric then comments on the increased corporate consolidation in the industry and the impact of the global pandemic on small publishers. He also talks about how his family-run brick-and-mortar, as well as his multi-functional bookstore Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, took root and made their names in the local community through book publishing, events, mentorship programs, and catering services.
More great points to take away:
Eric’s personal experience – how the life of an independent publisher plus a bookstore owner takes shape.
One treasured motto of Eric that he learned from Joshua Moore – “No one recommends an Okay book or a pretty good book; people only recommend great books.”
Hopefully, after listening to this episode, you'll be more aware of where to get your next favorite read and pay more attention to those equivalently great books that are away from the spotlight of mainstream media.
March 2022, Episode 16
Making Hope a Reality for Bookstores and Booksellers: Stories from Binc – with Pam French
This month, Klopotek Publishing Radio proudly features insights into the work of the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation, based in Ann Arbor. Binc is the only not-for-profit organization in the US dedicated to assisting booksellers and comic shop employees in need.
Pam French, Executive Director, brings us stories about how Binc strengthens the bookselling and bookstore communities through charity programs. She tells us how Binc came into being and explains in detail how her organization provides help and support to people who face hardship – you will learn about the impact of Binc's assistance on individuals, families, and the bookstore community as a whole.
Find out more about Binc and the great work they have done and are doing on their website where more useful details are available, e.g. how to request assistance, make a donation to Binc to spread love and kindness, and get answers to any questions you might have.
More than all of the above, you will hear Pam talk about:
How the financial assistance from Binc changed people’s lives – through alleviating pain during cancer treatment, assisting in dental procedures, helping paying mortgages, handling medical emergencies, and in many more situations of need
Her fondness for gardening and the pleasure she got from growing a fig tree and harvesting the fruits in Michigan
A simple saying that she holds dearly to her heart and that had a deep impact on her: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"