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About Anthology POS

Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Anthology is the developer and distributor of the self-titled Anthology point of sale software designed specifically for the retail bookselling industry. Founded in 1989 by software designer Pei-shan VanZoeren, who was also a bookseller for more than 20 years, the company created the first computerized bookstore management system, which was released to the bookselling industry in 1990 at the American Booksellers Association convention. Since then, Anthology has grown to become the most popular inventory management software in the bookselling business, used by over 1,000 booksellers around the world.

Anthology POS software features an intuitive interface designed to be familiar for anyone who has used the Windows or Macintosh operating systems, with standard menus and drop-down list options. This inventory control software solution is customizable, allowing users to configure features and screens to suit individual requirements. Anthology also includes many specific capabilities designed to cater to booksellers’ needs, including the ability to manage special orders, purchase orders, off-site sales, rental and lending tracking, used book inventory¬†and more. The Anthology point-of-sale system is available in several versions. Anthology Classic can be run as a single-user system or over a local area network (LAN). Anthology Private Cloud provides users with the ability to do business anywhere that has a reliable Internet connection. Anthology RDS is ideal for larger businesses or for those converting from older systems. Other options include Anthology WebStore, an eCommerce website solution for independent booksellers, and Anthology MultiStore, which offers a centralized inventory control software solution for bookselling businesses with multiple locations and options to transfer merchandise and standardize data across more than one location. Additionally, Anthology supports touchscreen interfaces, making it usable on tablet computers and iPads.

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