B&N Establishes Print-On-Demand Facility
Paul Hilts -- 12/20/99

Barnes & Noble Inc. has announced plans to establish print-on-demand services in its distribution centers using IBM technology. B&N and IBM have been working with a pilot group of five publishers on a plan to "bring the full range of digital services to the publishing world at large by January 2000," according to Barnes & Noble vice-chairman Steve Riggio. The first installation, in the Jamesburg, N.J., facility, will use IBM InfoPrint 4000 printers to make books on demand by spring, to be followed by B&N's other two facilities "as soon as practical."

"Barnes & Noble is going digital in a big way," Riggio declared, indicating plans to extend digital services to both publishers and customers. B&N recently invested in a production facility in the Philippines, where the company will digitize titles for publishers and convert them into various formats.