Waiting for Darwin
Improvement of technological capabilities, increased Internet familiarity and immersion in the commercial printing sector are necessary ingredients in the foundation of an e-commerce presence in the book space. Pressures such as e-books, paper prices and efficiency based profits will be needed to catalyze the change to e-commerce. Until then, online auctions for book printing will remain on the back burner.
E-procurement is only part of what many e-commerce companies do. Most focus on improving relationships between print buyers and vendors, with communication efficiency, job and project management. For book manufacturers, the prospect of stream-lining basic transactions is the most attractive service e-commerce offers. Full adoption of e-commerce to these ends may facilitate the evolution of an e-procurement model for the book industry, but it won't happen overnight.
By Jason van Steenburgh