OPEN ROAD MEDIA UNVEILS A NEW DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SERVICE FOR PUBLISHED BOOKS
Open Road Distribution Will Digitize, Format, and Distribute Ebooks for Authors, Agents, and Independent Publishers
Ingram Content Group Will Power the Program
Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company, announced today the formation of a new full-service digital distribution service. Open Road Distribution will offer published authors, agents, and independent publishers the ability to digitize their entire catalogues of published books, produce ebooks of the highest technical quality, and distribute through the broadest available distribution platform in the most cost-effective manner. The new service, which will be powered by Ingram Content Group, will commence in January 2013.
Jane Friedman, CEO of Open Road, said: “Open Road is committed to helping authors, agents, and publishers join the digital revolution. We produce hundreds of ebooks each week. Now we will offer access to our leading digital services to others. I have enjoyed a long history of working with Ingram and look forward to continuing this strong relationship in the digital age with the expansion of our core business.”
“We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with Open Road as they launch their distribution service,” said John Ingram, CEO, Ingram Content Group. “Ingram’s growing digital and print-on-demand businesses have global reach and complement Open Road’s expertise in digital publishing, distribution, and marketing. As the barriers to bringing great content to readers have fallen, Open Road is leading our industry in developing solutions for these new entrants to book publishing.”
Open Road Distribution will work with:
· Independent published authors who want to manage the distribution of their ebooks
· Literary agencies and independent agents with large catalogues of backlist books, who want to offer a distribution service for all of their authors
· Independent publishers who want to digitize, format, and distribute their content
Print-on-demand services will be available for all titles.
Open Road Distribution is Open Road’s latest business division, joining Author Brands, Publishing Partners, and E-riginals.
About Open Road Integrated Media
Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road publishes ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, James Jones, and Virginia Hamilton.
Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music, and media content to more than 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools, and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 26,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com.