Leading Short Run Printers Join netLibrary to Launch Global Print Solution(tm)

US and International Printers Join with netLibrary to Create the First Truly Global Short-Run Digital Book Printing Service
netLibrary Inc., a leading provider of eBooks and Internet-based content and collection management services, today announced the launch of the Global Print Solution(tm), a short-run digital printing service that allows publishers to make their content available to a secure network of quality digital book manufacturers. The service allows publishers to increase the number of titles they consider for short-run printing by decreasing costs associated with title conversion and print procurement. The combination of eBooks and short-run printing enables publishers to better manage overall costs and forecasts.

netLibrary has signed agreements with premier short-run printers in North America, including Bookmobile, Dehart's Printing Service, Edwards Brothers, Integrated Book Technology (IBT) and Matrix Digital. netLibrary has also signed agreements with leading international printers including Antony Rowe and Basingstoke Press in the United Kingdom, dBooks in Australia and Silkbook.com in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"Global Print Solution(tm) gives publishers the most effective and efficient short run solution available in the market today," commented Rob Kaufman, netLibrary President and CEO. "We continue to listen to our publisher partners who have asked us to come up with offerings that lead technologically, yet minimize risks to profitability."

Global Print Solution(tm) combines netLibrary's proven file conversion, storage and distribution capabilities with a network of leading short-run digital book manufacturing facilities strategically positioned throughout the globe. Each Global Print Solution printer has passed netLibrary's Printer Certification Process by demonstrating that its facilities produce books that meet minimum book manufacturing standards.

After working with publishers to select appropriate titles for Global Print Solution(tm), netLibrary converts each title into a print-ready format. netLibrary has developed a proprietary software process that enables print-ready files to be printed on all high quality digital printers. Publishers select specific printers for print jobs from netLibrary's printer network. Printers securely pull files from netLibrary and print and fulfill the order. Participating printers provide publishers with a variety of fulfillment options including drop-ship, warehouse and fulfill, and traditional print and ship.

According to Jeff Nock, who directs netLibrary's Global Print Solution(tm), "the service provides enhanced efficiencies for those publishers already using short-run digital printing and an easy start-up process for publishers who have yet to gain the benefits of digital printing."