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Hachette and Lightning Source offer French p.o.d
17.09.09 | Victoria Gallagher
Hachette Livre France and Lightning Source have set up a joint venture to offer print on demand services to the French book market.
The new operation will be located at the Hachette distribution centre in France and is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2010. The venture means that any book in the programme will never be out of print.
The first phase of the partnership will enable Hachette-controlled publishing houses and third party customers of its distribution facility to use the service. However, in the second stage the venture will give independent publishers the option to participate regardless of ownership or distribution contracts.
Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry said: "The joint venture with Lightning Source in France is a strategic move that will allow Hachette to make leading edge digital technology available to all its business partners, no matter how small. Its implications are considerable. No book entered into the program will ever be out of print. The turnaround between incoming order and shipping is so short that copies can be delivered to point of sale as fast as if they were pulled from inventory, and mint-like in terms of quality."
Nourry added: "It is the perfect solution for low volume backlist and out-of-print books. At a time when 'out of print' books are the subject of much attention, POD offers a convincing solution. I am delighted we could partner with the world's leader in this technology, and look forward to a long, successful relationship."