April 29th, 2011

A Bit More About Ingram Content in April 2011

This April:

O'Reilly Media announced a deal with Ingram.


I think what this press release says is that O'Reilly is not going to be printing or warehousing much of anything any more, and that Ingram will handle the digital copies and distribution as well.

R. observes that O'Reilly is a really unusual company in that they hire authors to write their books.

OCLC and Ingram did a deal "that will provide library users short-term access to ebooks not in their collection through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad."


It will also give libraries access to digital audiobooks from the same pool of content.


Separately, Ingram did a deal with Recorded Books which publishes and distributes "spoken word audio". This press releases emphasizes the benefits for libraries.


Hachette UK announced that they'll be using Ingram's CoreSource to manage their digital content:


Hachette UK is part of one of the Big 6.

Severn House, Canongate and Granta did a deal to use Ingram's CoreSource.


The press release adds:

"The addition of e-content management through Ingram builds upon Severn House’s current print-on-demand initiatives with Ingram’s Lightning Source and full-service distribution solutions through Ingram Publisher Services."

I may edit this to add more, but I'm going to limit this to Ingram deals from April 2011, so if this bores you silly, I promise you won't miss anything if you ignore subsequent modifications.

What Is the Relevant Metaphor for This Situation?


"In the past week, three major publishers have announced vertical communities dedicated to engaging with readers, especially those of genre fiction: Book Country, from Penguin, Criminal Element, from Macmillan, and F+W Crime, from F+W Media and Tyrus Books. It’s been approximately 2 years since the founding of Tor.com, one of the first publisher created community sites for fantasy/science fiction readers. What sort of results are publishers seeing from audience engagement in niches?"

Hmmm, there are publisher "communities" with forums? Let me check that out.

*Quickie visit to Tor.com*

Okay, here's the question. Is this a case of "day late and a dollar short" or "locking the barn door after the departure of the horse?"

Or am I just too cynical?