Ingram Content Group Inc. and Courier Corporation announced that they will be working together to offer an array of global content services for publisher clients. Courier will use Ingram's print-on-demand and digital distribution services, and Ingram will use Courier's printing capabilities to streamline workflow and speed delivery to retailers and readers worldwide.
Through this relationship, Courier will now offer an expanded range of print-on-demand and distribution services, both for its mainstream publishing customers and for self-publishers. At the same time, Courier Publishing imprints such as Dover Publications will use Ingram's Print To Order channel capabilities to make backlist titles available immediately throughout Ingram's global distribution network.
"Combining our expertise in process management and print production with Ingram's channel connections and global scale creates an extraordinary opportunity for authors, publishers and retailers," said Courier Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James F. Conway III. "In today's competitive environment, it's imperative to be fast, flexible and efficient in getting content out to consumers. Thanks to our collaboration with Ingram, publishers will have more and better choices than ever in content management, physical and digital production, and global distribution.
"In addition, through Courier's recent acquisition of FastPencil, thousands of self-publishers also stand to benefit by gaining access to capabilities previously reserved for the top of the industry."
"Ingram is proud to work with Courier to integrate digital and print into one seamless, effective service," said John Ingram, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ingram Content Group. "Courier's scale efficiencies combined with our print on demand capabilities and worldwide reach will help clients achieve global distribution in the most efficient manner possible."
Ingram will use Courier's capabilities to provide full-service manufacturing and distribution to publishers through its new "Life Print" offering, which is a one-stop service experience for publishers and their manufacturing needs. Through "Life Print," publishers will reduce their operational, print and administrative costs with the fast, cost-effective and easy solution that integrates services to meet all of publishers' print format needs. In addition, the service is global, taking advantage of Ingram's print-on-demand centers around the world and well-established logistics networks.