It looks like Amazon has finally made their move on the UK market for books published by digital print-on-demand technology. This very much follows what Amazon has done in the United States in conjunction with their own printer Booksurge. At the moment, there is already a court action in process by US POD publisher Booklocker against Amazon’s moves.
Amazon plans to operate their POD book fulfillment from their plant in Marston Gate close to Milton Keynes. Interestingly, Milton Keynes is also the base of Lightning Source one of the world’s largest printers of print-on-demand titles.
It is believed that HarperCollins, Faber & Faber and Cambridge University Press are already some of the publishers to have signed up to Amazon’s plans.
The Bookseller news article which features Amazon’s announcement can be found at the following link.
Also, here is the Amazon press release.
While large publishing houses in the uk may seem eager and willing, it will be interesting to see how the uk owned and based POD publishers react to this news.