WordStock, IBID Join Forces

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WordStock, Inc. and IBID, Inc. are “joining forces,” with the goal of offering the most complete set of bookstore point-of-sale products and services.

Dave Walton, president of Information Resource Technology, Inc. (IRT), which has owned IBID for nearly 19 years, said, “This business combination will enable IRT to achieve a sustainable business size and model that will enable us to develop the next generation of POS software for the independent bookstore marketplace.”

Glen Legere, CEO of WordStock, said, “Joining forces just made so much sense. It results in a single, stronger company that will provide ongoing support for the existing software of both IBID and WordStock while offering a clear path forward for those using that software."

In the long-term, IRT intends to pursue development of a next-generation POS offering that will incorporate the best features of its current IBIDie software and include features important to current WordStock retail users. IRT aims to offer the combined user base a seamless upgrade path to state-of-the-art digital tools for operating prosperous independent bookstores.

Short-term goals are to develop and continue support and perform needed enhancements of the current IBIDie and WordStock software systems. Support will continue to be the primary offering of both IBID and WordStock.

For those attending the American Booksellers Association’s upcoming Winter Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there will be a combined IBID-WordStock users meeting on Friday, January 25.