Ingram Content Group has added to its Global Connect program, reaching an alliance with Germany’s Books On Demand to print and fulfill orders in Germany and its neighbors. Created in late August, Global Connect allows publishers in any country to print and distribute titles in countries where Ingram has its own operations as well as in countries of one of its partners. In addition to its digital book manufacturing capabilities, BoD will handle retail distribution throughout German-speaking countries--Germany, Austria, Switzerland--and in more than 1,000 Internet bookstores as well as the most important English-language book markets.

BoD joins Singular Digital in Brazil as Global Connect affiliates and the company said it expects to announce a partner in the Far East by the end of 2011. “The demand for the printed book is strong in the German market, and the addition of hundreds of thousands of new titles through Ingram’s Global Connect program is a benefit for the entire publishing supply chain,” said Dr. Moritz Hagenmüller, CEO of Books On Demand GmbH. “We are pleased to be an integral part of this innovative distribution service for publishers all over the world.”

Publishers that print and distribute books with either Lightning Source or BoD will define markets for each title in the Global Connect program. Lightning Source and BoD will maintain file integrity and security as well as reporting and payment remittance to publishers.