Distribution

John Conley on How Amazon Same-Day Delivery SLAs Will Disrupt Book Printing
November 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

Borderland Advisors CEO John Conley, a 42-year book printing industry veteran with RR Donnelley and then Xerox, describes how Amazon's same-day delivery requirements will totally disrupt today's book publishing, manufacturing, and distribution markets. The supply chain requirement will create new profit models and opportunities for innovative publishers and printers, while displacing those companies that are…

What Does the Future Hold for Small-Batch Publishing?
November 2, 2017 at 8:55 am

One of the great backlashes in our era of conglomerates is the steady growth of small-batch businesses. These are very small businesses that cater mostly to customers willing to spend more for a seemingly better and more controlled product offering. There are many happy consumers who will buy a four-pack of local brew for $16,…

More Than 140 Authors Urge Penguin Random House to Undo Break with Unions
December 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

Children’s authors David Almond, Michael Rosen and Meg Rosoff are among more than 140 writers, booksellers and librarians who have signed a letter calling on Penguin Random House to reinstate relations with two trade unions after talks broke down last week. The move came after the publisher of George Orwell, Jamie Oliver and bestsellers Fifty…

Subscription Reading Service Scribd Adds Magazines to Platform
November 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Today subscription reading service Scribd announced that it is adding magazines like Foreign Policy, Time, People, The Atlantic, and more to its library of content. In addition to ebooks, audiobooks, and documents, Scribd subscribers can now access magazine articles and entire issues at no additional cost to their monthly subscription. “Time Inc. is excited to…

Sourcebooks Signs New Deals for International Expansion
October 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

In an effort to increase its international sales, Sourcebooks has signed agreements with four distribution partners. The independent publisher is one of four houses to sign on with Baker & Taylor’s new Global Publishers Services that provides publishers with international sales and marketing services. GPS will be representing Sourcebooks in all territories outside of North…

How to Sell Books in the Multi-Billion Dollar Gift Shop Market
August 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016. Given this historic milestone, it seems appropriate to talk about how publishers can sell books through gift shops at parks and historic sites. Gift shops offer a significant opportunity to publishers, particularly those that create educational content about local history. Millions of consumers visit national…

How to Bring Science Publishing into the 21st Century
August 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

The paradox of 21st-century science is that increasingly complex and collaborative cutting-edge research is still being written and published using 20th-century tools. The essential question—How come the internet age has yet to deliver a collaborative writing and publishing tool for research?—is what two of my physicist friends and I were thinking about several years ago…

How to Enhance Book Distribution & Reduce Costs
August 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Once you’ve got a clutch of titles on order, all approved and ready to go to print with stores eager to put your books on the shelves, the process of distribution can create challenges that unfortunately might be recognized too late in the supply chain. You’re probably all too familiar with the stress of having…

The Global Supply Chain: Interview with Ingram’s Kelly Gallagher
July 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

For all its divisions and companies, the single word “Ingram” is now among the best known in the publishing industry today, iconic in its reach and admired by many for its agility: Ingram is pacing new developments that might distract or even derail other companies. In essence, the mission has never been bigger. And one way…