Courier Corporation and Ingram Content Group Form Strategic Relationship to Expand Publisher Service

28-May-2013

Companies take unified approach to offer seamless global print and distribution solution

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. and Courier Corporation today 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.

About Courier
Courier Corporation is America’s third largest book manufacturer and a leader in content management and customization in new and traditional media. It also publishes books under three brands offering award-winning content and thousands of titles. Founded in 1824, Courier is headquartered in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.courier.com.

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.