The Ingram Content Group has added another member to its Global Connect alliance, reaching an agreement with South Korea’s Korean Studies Information Co. Ltd. KSI is one of Korea’s largest digital printing services and also has relationships with distributors that reach 2,300 accounts, including online, chain and independent booksellers, universities and government organizations.

Through Ingram’s Global Connect, publishers wishing to distribute content in South Korea can sign up for the program with Ingram, through its Lightning Source division, assuring that the production process adheres to the same quality control processes in place at Ingram facilities worldwide. Ingram also maintains file integrity and security as well as reporting and payment remittance. Ingram has previously established Global Connect locations in Brazil, Germany, Poland and Russia.

“We are pleased to be Ingram’s first Global Connect partner in the region and that our work together will help more books reach readers in the Asian market,” said Jong-jun Chae, CEO and representative director, KSI. “Through our agreement, publishers from around the world now have quick and easy access to the South Korean market through KSI’s comprehensive printing solutions and long standing distribution relationships."

In a separate deal, Ingram announced that Penguin Random House (PRH) UK is to extend its use of Ingram's digital asset management and delivery platform CoreSource, offered through Lightning Source, to manage content and deliver e-content worldwide.

PRH will roll out CoreSource platform, which Penguin currently uses, to its UK publishing offices as well as to international offices in Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa. Among other CoreSource clients are Canongate, Hachette UK, Pearson, Taylor & Francis, and Workman.