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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…

Data Collection Begins for 2016 Top Book Manufacturers Ranking
July 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

The Fall Issue of Book Business will once again feature the Top 20 Book Manufacturers ranking. Book Business relies on self-reported data and we are calling on printers to submit their information in order to be considered for the annual ranking. The Top Book Manufacturers ranking features the leading commercial printers doing business in the…

Press Release: Second Annual Ricoh Publishing Executive Symposium Receives “Five Star” Reviews from Industry Experts
July 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm

MALVERN, Pa. — July 12, 2016— Ricoh today announced resounding success of its second annual Publishing Executive Symposium, a three-day event that recently took place at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Boulder, Colo. Executives from the world's leading publishers convened to discuss and debate the new ecosystem of digital book printing and how digital…

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…

Press Release: RR Donnelley Awarded a Multi-Year Agreement to Provide Print, Fulfillment and Distribution Services to HarperCollins Publishers
June 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

CHICAGO — June 29, 2016 — R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announces a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers which renews and expands the relationship with HarperCollins, a customer of the RR Donnelley company for decades. Under the terms of this new agreement, RR Donnelley will provide print, fulfillment and distribution services across…

Press Release: HP Inc. Reveals Flexible On-Demand Book Production Suite
June 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — June 2, 2016 — Today at drupa 2016, HP Inc. introduced HP OneBook, a multi-faceted suite of end-to-end workflow solutions for industrial book printing, bolstering its leadership in efficient book production, from one book to thousands. HP also announced Webcom Inc., a Toronto-based book manufacturer serving the printing needs of global and…

The Death of Out-of-Print Titles Is Near, Thanks to Print-on-Demand
May 27, 2016 at 7:00 am

You’ve been hearing it a lot lately: Print-on-demand is changing publishing. Advances in technologies have brought reduced turnaround times, lower costs, higher quality, and less risk. As a result, businesses focused on print-on-demand are emerging, including independent, on-demand-focused publishers that serve both traditional book models and a changing vanity publishing marketplace. One group that’s often…

Making Metadata Do More: Building Batches in Digital Printing
May 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Prior to working together at Ricoh, Lisa Oakleaf and Erik Fritz had worked together in printing. “We both come from the production side of the print business,” Oakleaf says. Erik Fritz had worked in technical implementation of new software, looking for challenges in the printing processes and “trying to alleviate the pain points,” as Oakleaf…

How Big Printers Are Changing to Stay Competitive
May 6, 2016

As sales of print books stabilize, book manufacturers are seeking to grow their revenue by offering warehousing and distribution, as well as editorial and other publishing services.

Semantic Tech Empowers Publishers to Repackage Content & Tap New Revenue Streams
April 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Books as a technology have been around for such a long time that it’s easy to forget that they were once major innovations themselves: Before the book there was the scroll, and the clay tablet before that, and it wasn’t until the end of the 16th century that modern indexes were invented, still largely the…

Press Release: Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Printondemand-worldwide Form Partnership
April 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

ASHLAND, Ohio — April 20, 2016 — Bookmasters, one of the largest providers of integrated book publishing services, and Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products, have entered into an international partnership with Printondemand-worldwide (PODW) to offer print on demand and distribution services to their publishers. Unveiled at…

Ingram Details New Distribution Structure
April 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

In a letter dated April 12, Ingram Content Group executives provided a more complete picture of the company’s new operating structure in the wake of Ingram’s purchase of Perseus Books Group’s distribution arm. The letter, signed by Ingram chief content officer Phil Ollila, Ingram Publisher Services v-p and general manager Mark Ouimet, and Perseus senior…

The Print-on-Demand Revolution Opens New Doors for Authors & Publishers
April 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

One of the most fascinating aspects of new technologies is how they open doors for new business models. And this is very true in the evolving world of book publishing. The book publishing model has many challenges, most notably how the established system of author advances, large superstore preorders, and returns limits what will be…

Technical Director Jean-François Lyet on How Hachette Livre Is Capitalizing on Digital Printing
April 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

In March, I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive Symposium to learn about digital book printing and its evolving role within the book industry. The event gathered a number of book manufacturers and publishers in order to discuss the latest innovations in digital printing technology and how those innovations are reshaping the business. According to printing…

Partners Book Distributing to Close
March 31, 2016 at 2:14 pm

After 32 years, Partners Book Distributing will stop shipping orders on Friday, April 1. A single company, founded by Vicky Eaves and Sam Speigel, which operated as two separate regional wholesalers—Partners/East in Holt, Mich., and Partners/West in Renton, Wash., Partners served as a key wholesaler in the West and Midwest. Partners also offered distribution to…

Wiley Head of Procurement Calls for Greater Education on Digital Printing Costs
March 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

On March 15th I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive’s Symposium to learn about digital book printing and its evolving role within the book industry . The event gathered the entire book supply chain, including book manufacturers and publishers, and shared some of the latest advancements in digital printing technology. The Symposium emphasized that these developments…

Penguin Random House VP of Paper Purchasing & Production Planning On the Future of the Book Supply Chain
March 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Last week I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive Symposium, which gathered book manufacturers, paper suppliers, and book publishers to discuss the future of digital book printing. Several sessions at the event emphasized how advances in digital printing technology are reshaping the book supply chain and driving greater revenue for both publishers and printers. Several book…

Press Release: HarperCollins Publishers Signs Digital Audio Distribution Agreement with hoopla digital
March 25, 2016 at 8:30 am

HOLLAND, Ohio — March 23, 2016 — hoopla digital (, a service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to dynamic digital content, today announced a new agreement with HarperCollins Publishers to add thousands of award-winning audiobook titles and acclaimed authors to hoopla's app and online service. Library…

Paris Bookstore Replaces its Stock of Books with an Espresso Book Machine
March 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Bookstores like Third Place Books and Harvard Book Store have long used POD equipment such as the Espresso Book Machine to supplement their stock of print books, and now one French bookstore is taking that idea to extremes. The AP reports, and Les Echos confirms, that publisher Presses Universitaires de France has opened a new…