Desire growing for print-on-demand books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- One of the book industry's largest print-on-demand operations has expanded to keep up with orders.

The Nashville-based Ingram Content Group's Lightning Source division opened three new facilities last month -- two in the U.S., and one in Germany.

Print-on-demand books are a bright spot for the traditional book industry, which has slumped as e-readers increase. According to research for IT Strategies, around a billion pages are being printed on demand each month -- driven by sales from Amazon.

Larry Brewster, who helped found Lightning Source, tells WPLN that the company can print a book and ship it out within 24 hours of getting an order.

He says demand is growing so much that machines that used to print 500-600 pages each minute now print 2,500 pages in the same amount of time.

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