Easypress has partnered with Rebecca Souster the COO at LUME Books (https://www.lumebooks.co.uk/) a progressive publisher, to showcase how an improved and automated workflow can provide smart and low cost solutions to your publishing process.
The challenge was to produce 43 backlist titles to meet the year-end demand, quickly and cost effectively for POD distribution via Ingram Lighting Source. The brief was to produce both print and digital formats in the shortest possible time.
Rebecca Souster explained “LUME Books wanted to exploit, as quickly as possible, its new POD channels provided by the trusted distribution of Ingram Content Group, to ensure a fast and reliable route to market.
The titles comprised 21 trade fiction and 22 trade non-fiction which, as they had been previously published, didn’t require significant proofing, or copy-edit changes.
The process employed differed slightly between the fiction and non-fiction titles:
The trade non-fiction books featured images and had on average 260 footnotes and endnotes. The end-matter included appendices, notes, bibliographies and glossaries.
What of the experience for LUME Books? Rebecca Souster commented “working with the Easypress publishing platform was super-easy and Easypress’ production team and software did all the hard work producing the POD titles”, commenting further “the speed with which titles were turned around from shipping manuscripts to receiving back print-ready PDFs was incredibly quick, which was a blessing as LUME Books was flat out during the run into Christmas”.
When summing up LUME Books’ experience Rebecca Souster said, “working with Easypress has taken the stress out of my deadlines, resourcing challenges and ultimately as I’m also responsible for the publication production budgets, what extremely cost-effective.
Easypress believes that greater automation and integration of workflows with fewer manual interventions is at the core to improving business performance and efficiencies.
Easypress’ CEO James Macfarlane replied, “Working for LUME Books on the project has been a valid test of what can be achieved in a short space of time and with a very tight budget”, in conclusion he said “Easypress’ goal is to provide a flexible, open software platform which wraps around our client’s workflow and production schedules. For me, this project proves how well our software performs under live conditions and is a real support to Publishers in getting content to market. I’m always delighted when the publisher says they’re happy with our service and pricing.”
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