Publishers’ Graphics Adds Two New Hires

By on March 24th, 2014 in Marketing, News and announcements

(Carol Stream, IL; March 24, 2014):  Publishers’ Graphics, a global POD and offset book manufacturer with three locations nationwide, is pleased to announce two hires to support the company’s growth as a provider of global publishing solutions.

Anthony Ferrigno has joined PG as Vice President of Global Distribution and Sales.  With over 30 years of logistics experience in both domestic and global publishing, Anthony most recently served as Director of Logistics for Springer Science and Business Media for the Americas.   His responsibilities at Springer included overseeing all vendor relationships as well as the distribution of books and journals.

With extensive experience in POD management, modern warehousing, and supply chain optimization, Anthony will play a key role in the continued growth of PG in the global marketplace.  “Anthony’s experience and insight of the global publishing industry is an asset in his new role as VP of Global Distribution and Sales, “said Nick Lewis, President of Publishers’ Graphics.  He noted, “Over the years, Anthony has played a leading role in transforming Springer’s print and distribution model to a POD model.”

Also joining PG is Norma Cadena as Director of Human Resources. Norma has over 15 years of human resources experience, most recently as HR Director at Raging Waves, in Yorkville, IL.  Prior to this, she held HR management positions at multi-national corporations including Nippon Express USA and Unilever.

Norma will be based in the Carol Stream, Illinois office, and will provide HR direction and support to PG’s two other locations in St. Louis, MO, and Florence, KY.

For more information, please visit www.pubgraphics.com

 

 

Publishers’ Graphics Snags Awards in Midwest Publishing Association Show

By on October 25th, 2013 in News and announcements
Budgie Bird Blues and Underbelly were winners of the Crystal Award of Excellence from MPA
Budgie Bird Blues and Underbelly were winners of the Crystal Award of Excellence from MPA

Publishers’ Graphics, a leading POD, short-run and offset book manufacturer, has been honored with two Crystal Book awards from the Midwest Publishers Association (MPA) 2013 Awards Show held recently in Chicago.  Two PG customers won individual Awards of Excellence, the top honor for each category.

Winning in the Children’s Book category was Kathleen Cook with her debut book entitled Budgie Bird Blues.  Illustrated by Peter Bex, the book relates the true story of a family pet parakeet. Also winning honors was Underbelly, a gastronomical publication produced by Blind Pig of Asheville, a publisher based in North Carolina.  Underbelly won top honors in the Journals category.

The 2013 MPA publishing awards honors excellence in the planning, supervision and execution of the physical and visual aspects of publishing media. The entries are judged for general excellence in design, typography, composition, illustrations, paper, printing, special treatments, and binding.

Each award winning entry will become part of a permanent collection at the Special Collections Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A leading POD, short-run and offset book manufacturer, Publishers’ Graphics brings innovative workflows and customized publishing solutions to its customers.  Headquartered in Carol Stream, Illinois, PG has manufacturing facilities in St. Louis, Missouri and Florence, Kentucky.

For more information, visit www.pubgraphics.com

Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

By on October 14th, 2013 in News and announcements

The 64th annual Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany just ended and for those who love books, it’s a five day utopia of sights and sounds:  7800 exhibits from close to 100 countries, 12 different exhibit halls featuring International Publishers in Literature – Children’s, Adult, Fiction and Non-Fiction, an Antiquarian Exhibit, Art Books and Stationery, Science Technical and Medical (STM) Publishers, expert speakers and publishing seminars, …. and much, much more!

Here are some photo highlights:

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Antiquarian Book Exhibit

Printing for Associations

By on September 27th, 2013 in News and announcements

Did you know that there are over 200 associations just in the Chicago area?  And that PG prints books and publications for many associations – in Chicago and nationwide?

Associations typically have unique printing and binding requirements. Finishing techniques like tabs, divider pages, and three-hole punching are often needed for their publications which range from manuals and guides to binders and workbooks.  And that’s where PG’s expertise and large range of bindery equipment comes in handy.

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So here’s a quick run-down on some of the print techniques that are available for associations:

Print on Demand

Print one book, print 500, or anything in between! Full color, coated text paper, softcover, hardcover and a variety of trim sizes are available. Larger print runs are available too.

Keeping Tabs

Tabs, dividers, plastic coil, 3 hole-drill, saddle stitching, perfect binding, bind-in CDs, random alphanumeric numbering, page perforation, shrink wrapping…you name it, we’ve done it in our in-house bindery!   

Instant Quote System 24/7

It’s quoting, simplified! Choose your format, trim size and paper stock; then order and track your book through the manufacturing process, all with one click.

PG Online Book Store

Looking for an easy way to market and sell your book?  Save time and money, and list your book online with PG’s virtual Bookstore.  We’ll take the orders, process credit cards, and ship your books.

Color: No Limits.

Color is not just for covers (we can do those too!), color can be printed anywhere within a book at PG. Generate more interest in your book through the use of color.       

Made to Order: Customization

Challenge our in-house programming staff with your special requirements!  When you partner with PG, you’ll have a custom designed solution that meets your specifications – and is backed by a support team committed to your success.   

Going Global? No worries!

With our established network of print providers throughout Europe and Asia, you gain worldwide access to new sales channels without the hassle of customs issues, shipping and warehousing costs.

At PG, we truly are changing businesses, one book at a time. Call or email one of our association specialists to learn more.

Meet us in St. Louis!

By on August 12th, 2013 in News and announcements

Self publishers, meet us in St. Louis!

The St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA) and the St. Louis Writers Guild are presenting a vendors marketplace this Wednesday, August 14, from 6:30-8:30 pm.  This annual event brings together editors, designers, printers and book coaches under one roof at The Lodge in Des Peres, MO.  

Stop by and visit with Walker Deibel, VP, Sales and Marketing, from Publishers’ Graphics.  He’ll  introduce our POD, Instant Quote, and Bookstore services to St. Louis area self publishers and small publishers alike.  And he might even have some cake!

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Publishers’ Graphics Acquires Corley Printing

By on July 2nd, 2013 in News and announcements

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[July 2, 2013, Carol Stream, IL]  Publishers’ Graphics announced today that it has acquired Corley Printing, a 4th generation family owned book manufacturing company located in Earth City, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis.  Corley Printing offers web, offset and digital book printing primarily to the education, commercial, and religious markets.

The expansion provides an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space as well as expanded facilities for warehousing, fulfillment, and distribution. Providing more targeted publishing solutions for its customers was a primary goal of the acquisition.

Nick Lewis, President of Publishers’ Graphics stated: “This acquisition will significantly enhance our print capacity while at the same time leverage our existing strengths in technology, workflow automation and customization.” He added, “Corley Printing’s central location make it attractive in terms of fulfillment and distribution with many more options now available for our customers including web offset printing and additional bindery services.”

“We are thrilled at the prospect of integrating PG’s technological advantage into traditional offset book printing,” said Walker Deibel, CEO of Corley Printing.   “By bringing PG’s cutting edge POD infrastructure to our organization, we can create efficiencies and manufacturing choices at any print quantity.  I’m excited to stay on at the new company because PG is literally defining the future of book printing,” he added.

The corporate headquarters and primary manufacturing facility of Publishers’ Graphics will remain in Carol Stream, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

As a leader in POD and short-run printing for publishers, Publishers’ Graphics brings innovative procedures and workflows to book creation.  Providing customized solutions to its customers has made PG a go-to resource for publishers around the world.   Headquartered in Carol Stream, IL, PG has in-plant satellite operations in Florence, Kentucky, and St. Louis, Missouri, and distributes its products in multiple countries through strategic partnerships.

For more information, visit www.pubgraphics.com

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Live Chat Feature Added to PG Website

By on February 26th, 2013 in News and announcements

Live help

As a company we are always looking for ways to ease the process of ordering online and providing high quality products to our customers.  That’s why we recently added a live chat feature to our website.

This new feature puts our representatives in direct contact with you via a simple email interface.  As you click through our website,  a green Live Chat icon appears on the left side of each page.  Just click and you’ll be instantly connected to the representative who can best assist you.

Live Chat will be operational during our business hours, 8-5 pm, CST.   After office hours, you can also connect by leaving us an email message and we’ll  respond within the next business day.

Visit www.pubgraphics.com and test drive our new Live Chat!

POD Book Market: Is it Growing?

By on February 25th, 2013 in News and announcements

It’s inevitable; growth and change go hand in hand. Today’s book publishing industry is a perfect example of this philosophy.

InfoTrends’ 2010–2015 U.S. Digital Production Printing Application Forecast explored 28 specific application segments and measured digitally printed application volume changes in several key market segments, including book publishing. The book market shows the largest gains of all segments, with an anticipated annual growth rate of 14.2%. 1. This represents more than 45 billion pages by 2015.  bubble

In another August 2011 study, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) released U.S. BookStats—one of modern publishing’s most comprehensive statistical surveys. It captured size, scope, revenue, and expansion across multi-platform content and sales distribution channels. Net sales for publishers increased to $27.94 billion in 2010, representing a 5.6% increase over 2008.  Publishers sold 2.57 billion net units in 2010, marking a 5.6% increase over 2008. Growth hit all segments. Higher education textbooks were up 18.7%, with sales reaching $4.55 billion in 2010. Sales of trade books grew 5.8% to $13.9 billion.

The growth is evident with all numbers pointing upwards for book publishing with the largest increases in print on demand. Print-on-demand (POD) publishing is destined to grow in volume at the expense of conventional printing. One reason is print quality; digital printing has made great strides within the last decade. By pushing technology to the limits, POD offers a valuable solution over conventional publishing.

Publishers’ Graphics Implements Barcode Quality Control System

By on May 17th, 2012 in News and announcements

Publishers’ Graphics has implemented a barcode identification system, designed to monitor and track book production from start to finish.   The program was driven by a necessity for real-time quality control and reporting.

“Now that our business has grown to three separate production facilities, including an in-plant facility in Canada, there was a need for increased quality control,“ stated Nick Lewis, President of Publishers’ Graphics.    “For just two of our customers, we are manufacturing 170,000 books per month, so it’s critical to understand where bottlenecks are and respond quickly to any problems should they arise,” he added.

The new barcode is printed on the last page of the text book block.  If any part of the job is damaged or produced at less than acceptable quality, the barcode can be scanned and a reprint of the book can be automatically generated.

Information about where the book was printed along with the date and time of printing will indicate if there is a problem with equipment, materials, or operators.  At the same time, the order entry system is continually updated to reflect the new status and to keep the customer informed.

Publishers’ Graphics continues to lead the way with innovative procedures and workflows that bring customized solutions to its customers.  Headquartered in Carol Stream, IL, PG also has in-plant satellite operations in Florence, Kentucky, and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

For more information, please visit pubgraphics.com.

Publishers’ Graphics Expands Global Distribution Network

By on April 12th, 2012 in News and announcements

Publishers’ Graphics has formed a strategic partnership with an India-based printer that will expand their network of overseas print providers.   This new print provider will manufacture and distribute a full range of print to order products including hardcover and softcover titles.

The addition of an India-based partner brings together a growing network of overseas print  manufacturing and distribution facilities that includes the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore, Russia, and Australia.   With an established global network stretching from Canada to Australia, PG has the reach needed to optimize sales in the fast-growing European and Asian markets.

“Our customers will gain access to new sales channels without the worry of dealing with importation and customs issues and shipping and warehousing costs,” says Nick Lewis, President of Publishers’ Graphics.   He adds, “Expanding our global print network to include India is just one more way we’re making PG the most cost-effective and convenient option available for publishers to sell more books to more readers both in India and around the world.”

PG expands its market to India

These strategic partnerships enable customers to streamline their workflows, eliminate customs and shipping expenses and consolidate ordering and invoicing.  While it may have previously taken 20-30 days to print and ship books to overseas locations, books can now be printed and delivered within 3-5 days, resulting in significant cost and time savings.

As global distribution systems evolve, Publishers’ Graphics continues to lead the way with innovative procedures and workflows that bring customized solutions to its customers.   Headquartered in Carol Stream, IL, PG also has in-plant satellite operations in Florence, Kentucky, and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

For more information, please visit pubgraphics.com.