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Replica Books and Gardners Books Ltd. Provide Global On-Demand Services
Replica Books( 10/04/2000 )
Replica Books, the on-demand printing unit of Informata.com and Gardners Books Ltd., the largest U.K. book wholesaler, have agreed to a strategic alliance to mutually supply on-demand editions to both retailers and libraries in the U.S. and U.K. Replica Books will print and distribute books on behalf of Gardners Books in the United States. Similarly, Gardners Books will print and distribute books for Replica in the United Kingdom. At a publisher's request, both firms will share files so that more books will be available either side of the Atlantic.
"Baker & Taylor and Gardners Books as distributors have had a long-standing business relationship to provide books to both U.S. and U.K. retail customers. The alliance between Replica Books and Gardners' on-demand service allows us to provide a global solution for publishers and customers. There is no longer any need to print books in the U.S. and ship to the U.K. and vice versa," stated Susan Frost, publisher of Replica Books.
"Gardners Books digital book service will commence this autumn with the installation of the latest Xerox technology, which will be operated within our distribution centre by Antony Rowe, the U.K.'s leading short run book printer. We are delighted to offer our customers and suppliers this integrated global solution," stated Bob Kelly, publisher services manager at Gardners Books.
Today many publishers use on-demand printing in order to keep books available in their marketplaces. Books formerly considered out of print or out of stock indefinitely are now being stored in a digital archive and retrieved to print one copy at a time. Both Replica and Gardners use the Xerox on-demand print technology.
Replica Books publishes approximately 3,000 books on-demand and anticipates in the next year to triple that amount. Replica acts as both printer and distributor and is located in Bridgewater, N.J. For more information on Replica Books, visit www.replicabooks.com.
Informata.com is Baker & Taylor's business-to-business e-commerce venture that distributes electronic content, licenses database services and applications and creates Internet Portals.
Gardners Books Ltd., is the leading book wholesaler in the U.K., with a stockholding of over 280,000 titles. The company, based in Eastbourne on the Sussex coast, sources and supplies any British book in print to bookstores anywhere in the world. The collaboration with Replica will continue to meet the need for on-demand publishing and to reinforce both their commitment to overseas expansion. For more information on Gardners Books visit www.gardners.com.
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