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IngramSpark Service Debuts Publish-on-Demand Platform

Ingram Content Group, Inc. reported that it is planning to launch IngramSpark, an innovative publish-on-demand platform, in July. This online publishing tool grants independent publishers easy-to-use, cost-effective access to Ingram’s global distribution network for print and ebooks.

The new platform builds on the foundation of comprehensive services that Ingram extends to independent publishers. The platform gives publishers tools so they can manage their print book and ebook collections all in one location. Publishers will find that it's a cost-effective way to publish; it’s free to open an account. When the platform is launched, print titles can be managed via an on-demand, low-risk inventory model; ebook distribution will be available in August 2013.

The platform integrates Ingram's best-of-class print-on-demand and digital distribution technologies. Publishers that use IngramSpark will have access to Ingram’s extensive distribution network, which distributes content to thousands of booksellers and online retailers worldwide.

“Through the IngramSpark platform, independent publishers will now have access to Ingram’s reach, enabling them to affordably print copies, distribute books to global retailers, make titles available to all major e-readers and connect with more customers  worldwide,” according to Mark Ouimet, vice president and general manager of Ingram Publisher Services. “We wanted to make it easy for publishers to create an account and start uploading their content in just a few minutes.”

Ingram also plans to further IngramSpark's reach to include Ingram’s MyiLibrary  academic library platform, wholesale and full-service options for Ingram Publisher Services, file conversion services, and sales and marketing programs.

For more on IngramSpark, or to register for an account and begin uploading content for distribution after the publishing portal goes live in July, visit ingramspark.com.

Source: Ingram Content Group, Inc.



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