Amazon.com Acquires Book Printing Service: "Amazon.com Inc. has acquired a publishing company that prints books when they're ordered rather than relying on warehouses stocked with titles, the online retailer said Monday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
BookSurge LLC, based in Charleston, S.C., offers an inventory-free book fulfillment network to publishers and authors, and has a wholesale service for retailers, wholesalers and distributors.
"Print-on-demand has changed the economics of small-quality printing, making it possible for books with low and uncertain demand to be profitably produced," said Greg Greely, vice president of media products for Amazon.com. "BookSurge makes it possible to print books that appeal to targeted audiences, whether it's one copy or 1,000."