Category Archives: Print on Demand

Ingram Construct makes customizing books easier

Interesting product.  If I were to customize content, I would want to customize a children’s book to use a child’s name in the story or customize a travel book for a trip I might be taking.

NASHVILLE, TN – Publishers’ ability to customize content and give readers exactly what they want just got easier with Ingram Construct, a comprehensive, custom publishing solution for print-on-demand and e-books from Ingram Content Group Inc. Ingram Construct gives publishers a simple way to tailor their books to end users’ needs using existing titles, going from creation to production to distribution in minutes.

“We want to help publishers better connect with customers, and Ingram Construct gives them an easy way to customize any title to best meet customers’ needs,” said Brian Hogue, Vice President of Content Systems, Ingram Content Group. “With Ingram Construct, a publisher can use existing content to create customized print or digital books within minutes. It’s another way Ingram is using our technology and infrastructure to help our clients grow their business and find new streams of revenue. Continue reading Ingram Construct makes customizing books easier

Ingram expands POD and distribution to Poland through alliance with Azymut

Last week Ingram announced expanded POD in California.  Today, it’s Poland.

October 8, 2014  FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Ingram Content Group Inc. is expanding its print-on-demand (POD) and distribution reach to Poland through a Lightning Source Inc. Global Connect alliance with Azymut, one of the largest media publishing and distribution groups in Poland. Continue reading Ingram expands POD and distribution to Poland through alliance with Azymut

Ingram Content Group opens new POD facility in California

Fresno, CA (October 3, 2014) – Ingram Content Group Inc., the global leader in content distribution, celebrated the opening of its first print and distribution facility in the Golden State today. Located in Fresno, it is Lightning Source Inc.’s second facility that uses state-of-the-art, automated print-on-demand (POD) technology to quickly print and distribute books to customers. It joins Ingram’s extensive logistics network of 23 facilities and offices around the world.

Continue reading Ingram Content Group opens new POD facility in California

Create custom books with De Gruyter Select

De Gruyter has launched a new service called De Gruyter Select.  It’s PDA and POD wrapped into one, allowing users to create a custom print book with De Gruyter book chapters, newspaper articles, and database content (anything with a “chunk price” in De Gruyter Online).  The press release, below, mentions printing and delivering the book in a few days.  The FAQ adds additional information, including this statement, “you will not gain online access to content if you have only selected it for printing.”  So, it appears users can purchase content to add to their printed De Gruyter Select book that was not available to them online.  Here is more information from the press release:

Berlin, 16 September 2013 – “De Gruyter Select” is a new service that lets customers select and assemble content from various types of publications to create their own custom book, which is then printed and delivered within a few short days. Continue reading Create custom books with De Gruyter Select

Ingram adds 50K new titles, color POD, and POD for out-of-copyright National Library of France content

Ingram announced several new initiatives at the ALA Annual Conference this past week.  I’ve linked to the individual press releases below.  I’m particularly excited about the POD available for out-of-copyright titles from the National Library of France – over 65,000 titles.

Ingram Content Group and Hachette Livre Offer Titles from the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Print for First-Time

Ingram Grows Colour POD Options for Publishers

Ingram Grows its MyiLibrary® E-book Platform with 50,000 Additional Titles and New Functionality

 

IngramSpark, Ingram’s publish on demand platform, to launch in July

Last week Ingram announced a new program called Life Print.  This service manages the complete lifecycle of print materials. Today, they are announcing another new program called IngramSpark.  This program offers independent publishers access to Ingram’s distribution network for print and ebook content.  The platform is due to launch in July of this year.  More information below from the press release:

IngramSpark Service Offers New, Simple Path to Publishing – Publish On Demand SM platform to launch in July

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced plans to launch its IngramSparkSM offering, a new Publish On DemandSM platform. The easy-to-use, online publishing tool provides independent publishers with simple, cost-effective access to Ingram’s global distribution network for print titles and e-book content. Continue reading IngramSpark, Ingram’s publish on demand platform, to launch in July

Ingram’s new service manages complete life cycle of print books

I received this news release from Ingram this morning about their new service, Life PrintSM.  This service will manage the distribution of a print title, using one electronic file and order process.  It merges print on demand with outside book printing companies.  It sounds really interesting to me.  I’ll be anxious to see how it progresses. Here’s the press release:

 

Ingram Expands Publisher Manufacturing Services with Life PrintSM Program – Full-service program centralizes title management and integrates flexible costs with service levels

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the launch of its Life PrintSM program, a comprehensive solution for publishers to manage the complete life cycle of print books.  Continue reading Ingram’s new service manages complete life cycle of print books

Ingram expands color POD to U.K. and Europe

From an Ingram Press Release:

Ingram Content Group Expands Color POD Solution to U.K. and Europe

The addition of color book printing in the U.K. accelerates speed to market

MILTON KEYNES, U.K. – Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced the launch of print-on-demand color book manufacturing in its United Kingdom facility. The new service allows publishers to print books closer to the consumer, improve availability, and accelerate delivery of a greater range of titles.

Continue reading Ingram expands color POD to U.K. and Europe

Self Publishing fuels steady title growth in 2011

From a Bowker press release.  Lots of interesting data here about title output from 2011.

June 5, 2012 (New Providence, NJ) — Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information, released its annual report on U. S. print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books In Print® database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market. This is the most significant expansion in more than four years for America’s traditional publishing sector, but removing self-publishing from the equation would show that the market is relatively flat from 2010.

“Transformation of our industry has brought on a time of rich innovation in the publishing models we now have today. What was once relegated to the outskirts of our industry—and even took on demeaning names like ‘vanity press’ is now not only a viable alternative but what is driving the title growth of our industry today,” said Kelly Gallagher, Vice-President, Bowker Market Research. “From that standpoint, self-publishing is a true legitimate power to be reckoned with. Coupled with the explosive growth of e-books and digital content – these two forces are moving the industry in dramatic ways.” Continue reading Self Publishing fuels steady title growth in 2011

No Shelf Required’s two new publications

No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries.  Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name.  These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below.  For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.

The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing.  This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8)  issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon).  Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading No Shelf Required’s two new publications

BookRiff – a new digital publishing platform to go live this month

A colleague forwarded me an Outsell article about a new venture, BookRiff.  Ned May, who wrote the article, states, “Bookriff, yet another digital publishing platform, will soon go live. Yet while it is entering a crowded field, this one is worth a close look as it has the potential to take hold, and significant potential to disrupt.”

According to the BookRiff blog, users can create their own book by piecing together chapters, articles, or other content.  Users pay for content which is delivered in a variety of formats (print-on-demand coming soon) and rights holders are given royalties.   The BookRiff goal is to be fun and easy to use.

More from the Outsell article:  “What makes BookRiff unique is its focus on enabling the creation of new works by providing a seamless platform for supporting the necessary business rules. Leadership of the company believes there is a broad market for these new compilations of content if they can be effortlessly assembled while respecting all the rights, permissions and pricing of the underlying parts. To that end, they have built a core technology platform that enables a license holder to easily upload, separate, tag and set a price for content while also setting rules for redistribution. By default, books are broken into chapters for resale but the system will accept any subdivision the content creator wants to offer. The required file format for ingestion is ePub and the platform checks the integrity of the file before posting to the system as well as using the underlying coding to determine chapter breaks.”

Lessons Learned: The UNC Press ‘Long Civil Rights Movement’ pilot project summarized

Sylvia Miller, Project Director for “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement,” University of North Carolina Press has given me permission to post in entirety, the following.  It is a summary of the Long Civil Rights Movement pilot project, which took place over the past 14 months.

This post contains 4 sections:

1. Close of the online pilot
2. The expected, the unexpected, and in between
3. What did we learn?
4. What is next for the LCRM Project?

Articles of Interest

Vook Explains Why $3, $4, or even $9.99 Isn’t Always the Best Price for an eBook – eBookNewser

Do e-Textbooks Help Students Save Money?

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital — Campus Technology

Time for book publishers to fight dirty – chicagotribune.com

Inkling Raises $17M for Digital Textbooks – Liz Gannes – Media – AllThingsD

Internet Public Library – eReader Resources

Project MUSE® – Project MUSE E-Mail Announcement Archive

Many people really don’t know what to do with ebooks | Christina’s LIS Rant

This Is Why We’ll Never Have Innovative E-Books | Epicenter | Wired.com

Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher? – NYTimes.com

Ebooks now 15% of Simon & Schuster revenue – The Digital Reader

Mass Digitization: Aptara Digitizing 730,000 Pages of Content for SAGE’s New eBook Platform” « INFOdocket

The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy: Our Espresso Book Machine Experience « The Scholarly Kitchen

Kobo found a way around Apple’s rules – The Digital Reader

Direct-to-consumer – it’s the way to go | FutureBook

More signs that Sony is about to launch a new ereader model | TeleRead

Articles of Interest

Textbook Rentals Come to the Kindle: Probably Not a Money-Saver

E-books, Young Professionals, and Reinventing ALA | American Libraries Magazine

Amazon confirms Harry Potter e-books to be available for Kindle | TeleRead

Library of Alexandria makes 19,000 titles available on the Espresso Book Machine | TeleRead

Borders’ liquidation: Winners and losers – The Week

Japanese company shows off ebook vending machine | TeleRead

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project – Virtual Dave

Don’t blame ebooks for Borders’ demise | TeleRead

LJ And SLJ Announce Keynoter for Virtual Conference on Ebooks | The Digital Shift

Judge pressures writers, Google to settle books case – The Globe and Mail

What Borders Closure Means To Your Kobo Account – eBookNewser

Ebooks and libraries – a missed opportunity to evolve – FUMSI Article

Interview with DeGruyter CEO, Sven Fund, about DeGruyter eBooks

Yesterday I spoke with Dr. Sven Fund, the CEO of DeGruyter.  News to me, DeGruyter has been publishing for 262 years! We discussed DeGruyter’s ebook program including their e-ditions program.  E-ditions provides “on demand” requests for digital or print copies of thousands of backlist titles.  Listen to the interview here.

Over 30 interviews with librarians, publishers, aggregators, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page.

Open Access eBooks, Part 3

From Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman blog.  Please offer your comments to Eric at the Go To Hellman blog.

Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts will cover Open Access E-Books in Libraries. Note that while the blog always uses “ebook” as one word, the book will use the hyphenated form, “e-book”. The comments on the second section prompted me to make significant revisions, which I have posted.

Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books
Any model for e-book publishing must have a business model for recouping the expenses of production: reviewing, editing, formatting, design, etc. In this section, we’ll review methods that can be used to support Open Access e-book publishing. Continue reading Open Access eBooks, Part 3

CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges

This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today.  Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.

Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.

Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing

Articles of Interest

US Justice Department and FTC looking into Apple’s subscription service; EU monitoring as well

What We Talk About When We Talk About Business Models – The Scholarly Kitchen

Sustainable Business Models for Open Textbooks

My experience with the Espresso Book Machine

Publishing CTOs Want Standard Formats – eBookNewser

The True Cost of Publishing on the Amazon Kindle

Global eReader Sales Expected To Grow To $8.2 Billion By 2014 – eBookNewser

The Kindle Will (Finally) Get Page Numbers

OERs: the good, the bad and the ugly

TOC – Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age

Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age

Panelists:  Laura Baldwin, O’Reilly Media and Phil Ollila, Ingram

Laura – reality of our biz, print and retail is still the bulk of the business. Print erosion cost, shipping costs, printing expenses, safety stock, operating capital are all factors in the profit/loss of publishers.

Strategically they wanted to deplete the amount of inventory and instead, make content available anywhere/anytime in a variety of formats. People expect faster cycle times (and not only in production).

Freedom plan – determine how to spend the capital.  Offset/digital short run (much smaller print runs, focused on shelf space awareness), back it up with print-to-order, combined with great forecasting tools. Continue reading TOC – Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age

Michigan and Kentucky University Presses Using Ingram’s CoreSource

Wow, University Presses are in the news this week.  This is the 5th press release I’ve gotten!

Ingram Content Group Inc., announced agreements with two notable university presses for e-content management. The University of Michigan Press and The University Press of Kentucky have selected Ingram’s digital asset management platform, CoreSource®, to archive and distribute materials to partners worldwide.

The University of Michigan Press, part of the University of Michigan Library, was founded 80 years ago and is a primary publishing unit of the University today.  The Press publishes materials in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. It recently launched its innovative University of Michigan Digital Humanities Series, which advances understanding of the dynamic relationships between humanities and digital technologies. The Press has a mission of using the best technology to disseminate the information it publishes as freely and widely as possible, while preserving the integrity of published scholarship.  To further its mission, the Press selected Ingram’s CoreSource® platform for digital file management and distribution of both frontlist and backlist titles.    Continue reading Michigan and Kentucky University Presses Using Ingram’s CoreSource