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Ingram Book Distributors to Expand to Australia

Ingram…one of the world’s largest, privately-owned book distribution companies… contains 11 companies (that I know of) under it’s umbrella. These companies manufacture, market and distribute books and magazines in all formats for all devices, including mobile.

Ingram operates internationally and will have five plant locations after the Australian opening. Locations are in La Vergne, Tn; Allentown, Pa.; Milton Keynes near London; and Maurepas, France.

Randy McClain, Business Editor of the Tennessean Dot Com, reports this on the Ingram Content Group:

If I can trust my push-button, online Australian slang handbook, let’s just say that Ingram Content Group has come up with some good oil Down Under.

Translation: The La Vergne-based company with an expanding global reach has come up with a good idea for the book market in Australia. It’s one that should mean revenue growth for Ingram and more sales for its primary customers — book publishers worldwide with which Ingram does business.

Under the flag of its Lightning Source division — an on-demand print-manufacturing outfit — Ingram plans to open a book manufacturing and distribution center in Australia by next summer. The exact location is still a matter of research and crafting satisfactory lease terms.

But it’s likely that a sprawling warehouse-like space similar to Lightning Source’s La Vergne campus will be up and running by June. Inside will be all manner of computers, high-speed line printers and book binding gear designed to speed on-demand production of everything from novels to academic tomes.

The idea is to help publishers get books to market Down Under quicker — even small orders. Lightning Source’s average print run, which can be for a publishing house or the corner bookstore, is 1.8 books per order. But sales add up when you have 4.4 million titles stored digitally for immediate use.

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