HarperCollins Streamlines Worldwide Operations Around New POD Centers

HarperCollins has created a new division meant to streamline its publishing operations and bring worldwide print distribution under a central leadership.

The program, dubbed HarperCollins 360 will put a print-on-demand (POD) machine in each of HarperCollins’s warehouses around the world to allow local publishing and distributing of of books published by any of the company’s international imprints to be handled by local operators.

“Through our new POD partnerships and the technology co-located in our warehouses in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, we will be able to competitively offer the entire print and digital HarperCollins catalog; a win for customers as well as the environment as we cut long international freight miles,” said HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray in a statement.

The program will be headed by Jean Marie Kelly as affiliate publisher of HaperCollins 360. She will be managing the editorial pipeline as well as marketing and publicity efforts for the division and will be reporting to Josh Marwell, president of sales, and Chris Wold, the UK-based group international publisher. Previously, Kelly had been a senior marketing director for HarperCollins imprint William Morrow.

The program is designed to give HarperCollins books maximum publishing potential and HarperCollins authors maximum exposure.

“The goal of the initiative is to ensure that all books published by any division of HarperCollins around the world are available in print or digital format in all English-language markets. When the program is fully implemented, the HarperCollins global catalog — 50,000 print books and 40,000 e-books — will be available, limited only by the rights held, not by technology or geography,” said the company in a statement.

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