Amazon has opened its Print on Demand facility in Australia, the first for the business in the Southern Hemisphere, with printed books published through its Kindle Direct Publishing business.
The company has brought paperback printing facilities to Australia, enabling authors and publishers to print paperback books at its Western Sydney Fulfilment Centre.
Amazon said the inauguration of the new facility will make its selected catalogue of titles continuously available for fast delivery to Australian readers and will see customers have access to millions of books on amazon.com.au that will be delivered faster to customers in Australia, as the books will be printed locally.
With Print on Demand, once a customer places an order for a title enrolled in the program, Amazon.com.au prints the book and delivers it to them. This eliminates the needs for manufacturing or storing surplus books.
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s self-publishing service, enables authors to publish in both print and digital formats, retain their copyright, get to market fast, distribute globally and earn royalties.
Alongside better access to Australian readers through faster delivery of paperback copies of their work, Amazon said KDP authors will also benefit from faster access to proof and author copies.
No information was provided on what presses Amazon is/will be using at the facility.
Amazon Australia category lead for media and books Matt Benham said, “We are continuously growing the delivery experience for Australian customers and our new Print on Demand facility means that we will be able to get millions of paperback titles to customers faster than ever before.
“We are also excited about the benefits Print on Demand brings to the thousands of Australian self-published authors who have been keenly waiting for the launch of an Australian facility.”
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