Ingram and Courier Corp. have announced a partnership under which Courier will use Ingram’s print-on-demand and digital distribution services, and Ingram will use Courier’s printing capabilities to streamline workflow and speed delivery to retailers and readers worldwide.

Through the new deal, Courier will now offer an expanded range of print-on-demand and distribution services, both for its mainstream publishing customers and for self-publishers. For its part, Ingram will use Courier’s capabilities to provide full-service manufacturing and distribution to publishers through its new “Life Print” program offering, which Ingram announced last week as a “one-stop service experience for publishers and their manufacturing needs.”

“Combining our expertise in process management and print production with Ingram’s channel connections and global scale creates an extraordinary opportunity for authors, publishers and retailers,” said Courier chairman and CEO Jim Conway. Courier noted that as part of the new relationship its Courier Publishing imprints such as Dover Publications will use Ingram’s Print to Order channel capabilities to make backlist titles available immediately throughout Ingram’s global distribution network.

“Ingram is proud to work with Courier to integrate digital and print into one seamless, effective service,” said John Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group. “Courier’s scale efficiencies combined with our print on demand capabilities and worldwide reach will help clients achieve global distribution in the most efficient manner possible.”