Keel Hunt
News Release
17 Nov 1998
Lightning Print Inc. takes top international honor as "Innovator of the Year"

NASHVILLE, TN—Lightning Print Inc., Ingram Book’s ground-breaking new "on demand" book printing service, has received the prestigious "Innovator of the Year" award from Xplor International, the electronic document systems association.

Lightning Print was cited for its innovative use of technology in on demand printing.

"This award for Lightning Print is extremely exciting," stated Larry Brewster, General Manager of Lightning Print Inc. "We are honored to be recognized by Xplor International, which represents thousands of creative companies in this field."

Mr. Brewster noted that Lightning Print—still in its first year of operation—already has achieved impressive results, having now signed on over 180 publishers.

Lightning Print Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Book Group, began its pilot production phase earlier this year and declared it a "resounding success" in May. At that time, Mr. Brewster noted that the earlier results "merely set the stage for the real performance." About three dozen U.S. publishers with over 150 book titles participated in the pilot program. Publishers have reported that the new, high-speed service is helping them answer the needs of a variety of customers, including booksellers, librarians and educators. The publishers continue to own the rights to book titles printed for them by Lightning Print. In the Lightning Print process, books are stored in a digital library and literally printed each book one at a time, as orders are received. This "one off" service allows more books to remain in print, providing more titles to the consumer and additional revenue streams to the publisher, bookseller and author. Lightning Print Inc. formed a strategic alliance with IBM Printing Systems Co. and Danka Services International, Inc. for world-class print technology.

IBM delivers the print on demand technology, and Danka runs the entire printing operation.

The prestigious "Innovator of the Year" award was presented to Lightning Print on November 12 during the 19th Global Electronic Document Systems Conference & Exhibit, held at the Opryland Hotel Convention Center. "The ‘Innovator of the Year’ award honors a company, individual or an organization that has made a significant achievement in the electronic document systems industry during the past year," said Keith Davidson, Ph.D., EDPP, president of Xplor International. "This includes an imaginative application of current technology, or advancement of a new technology that significantly enhances the capabilities of electronic document systems." Xplor’s conference and exhibit, with approximately 16,000 industry professionals participating, was the largest in the history of Nashville’s Opryland Hotel Convention Center.

Xplor International is the worldwide association representing more than 2,700 organizations that develop and use the technology of the US $110.1 billion document systems industry. Xplor delivers forums, programs and services to enable the effective use of documents to achieve business objectives. For more information on Xplor call 1-800-ON-XPLOR.

Lightning Source Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc., provides a comprehensive suite of demand-driven publishing solutions for publishers. The company is revolutionizing the options available to the industry in the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. Lightning Source stores books and other information electronically and delivers them “on demand” in either traditional printed format or as e-Books in response to orders from booksellers, librarians, and publishers. Lightning Source has printed over 40,000,000 books for over 4,500 publishers around the world. For more information, visit our website at
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