New York, NY, April, 24, 2012—AMACOM is pleased to have signed an agreement with Ingram’s Lighting Source which will allow over 200 of our print-on-demand titles, which are only available from Lightning, to also be delivered on the Espresso Book Machine platform.
“Our goal is always to make our author’s titles available in as many ways as possible and this means that these titles can be printed on-the-spot in the stores that are working with Espresso,” says Hank Kennedy,President & Publisher of AMACOM.
“AMACOM is a respected name in business and leadership publishing, and we are delighted to make their titles available at point of sale to readers via our growing network of EBMs,” says Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books.
The EBM is the only digital-to-print at-retail solution on the market today. With the push of a button, books can be printed, bound, and trimmed in any standard size to a bookstore-quality, perfect-bound paperback book, with a full-color cover, in minutes. Customers pay for the book and are able to walk out the store with it in hand.
Publisher’s content is fed to the EBM via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of over seven million titles. Much like an iTunes for books, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and catalogues books from a multitude of English and foreign language content providers (including public domain, in copyright, and self-published titles). Through the SelfEspress software, writers can format,
design, edit, and upload their book for printing into a physical book and for inclusion on the EBM catalog. SelfEspress will soon also be able to convert the print file to the ePub format suitable for ereaders.
The EBM provides a new sales channel for publishers and vastly increases the availability of titles for physical bookstores, significantly reducing loss of sales due to books being out-of-stock. Also, the EBM technology offers libraries and bricks-and-mortar retailers the opportunity to become community self-publishing centers, providing a new distribution platform for self-published authors. EBM improves overall efficiency and environmental sustainability by eliminating shipping and the
return and pulping of unwanted books.