The New Face of Distribution

August 1998
by Gene Schwartz

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Editor’s Note: This article consists, in part, of material assembled by Schwartz for an article appearing in the August issue of “ForeWord” magazine.

Three major moves into Books on Demand printing were announced at Book Expo which will change forever the face of book manufacturing and distribution. While the technologies that were stitched together have been around for some years, what is new is the attachment of a digital text library to a manufacturing and binding line that goes right into order-processing, fulfillment, a/r collection, and disbursement. You can place your title in this digital library either by having an out-of-print edition scanned and digitized, or by furnishing your digitized files. Any common file format will do, thank you. Bertelsmann (through its Dallas, Pennsylvania division, Offset Paperback Manufacturers [OPM] ), Xerox (out of its Waltham, Massachusetts facility), and Ingram (through its LightningPrint subsidiary in LaVergne, Tennessee) are making big time commitments and investments that should alert every book manufacturer, master distributor, wholesaler, bookseller, librarian, and publisher that the old boundaries that divided their functions and industry sectors are transforming into new links. Twenty years ago, the pre-press industry emerged when desktop publishing, and the digital imaging technologies that followed, integrated the functions of word-processing, editorial production, design, typesetting, paste-up, camera, color se…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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