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NEW PUBLISHING SERVICE (article first published : 1999-09-17)

Frustrated authors can wave goodbye to rejection slips and publish their own work, thanks to a new service from German book trade distributor Georg Lingenbrink (Linbri). The service is called Books on Demand and the company affirms that it is catching on in a big way and enquiries have been coming in fast over the Internet since the service was set up last month.

“By the end of the year we will have put onto the market around 2 000 new titles and books which were previously out of print,” said Joerg Zaag, head of Libri Digital Services. “There is a great deal of interest. We are getting ahout 10 to 290 manuscripts a day. We’ve really started something here.” The big difference between Books on Demand and traditional vanity publishers is the low price.

Libri is the first in Europe to develop the technology needed for the service. Writers send in their manuscripts either on paper or floppy disk. Libri turns the scripts into digital information and stores the material on hard disk, enabling them to be recalled and printed out on demand. The advantage over traditional offset printing is that books can be produced in quantities from one copy upwards, saving expensive storage costs.

Unfortunately, artSMart picked this up from a local publication which in turn had lifted it from an international newspaper so no contact numbers are available. Maybe readers in Germany can throw some light on the subject?


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