Clays is to become the sole supplier of monochrome books to Penguin Random House.
The printer, which also revealed that it aims to double the amount of books its produces digitally, has been a long-term supplier to both Penguin Books and Random House, and will take on a contract with Penguin Random House once its current contracts elsewhere have expired.
Print Week said this meant that Penguin Random House would no longer be printing with CPI UK, which recently printed the Man Booker Prize winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus).
The magazine said that the deal was a “significant blow to CPI, which is understood to have told its clients that it plans to close Reading-based Cox & Wyman ‘due to the loss of a major contract’”.
Clays’ strategic director Kate McFarlan said the new contract with PRH would enable it to “continue to invest in our business in order to provide a fast and efficient service to all of our customers”.
“The landscape in book publishing has undergone huge change in the last five years, and there are many contributing factors, of which the growth of e-books is only one,” she added. “Another has been the development of a more effective supply-chain with smaller and faster print runs helping publishers to reduce risk and improve availability. This has in part come about through the developments in digital print production, and in part through close working partnerships between ourselves and our customers. Recent media reports have highlighted a renewed confidence in sales of print books, and a definite slow-down in the increase of e-book sales both here and in the USA.”
Paul Hulley, m.d. of Clays, said: “We have an investment plan for this year which we will talk more about in detail within the next month. Suffice to say that our aim is to double the amount of books we produce digitally, and the flexibility and product range we can offer our publishers.”