January 18, 2022

Audio Report: On-Demand Printing Helps Sustain the Printed Page

via Marketplace on American Public Radio:

…a billion more pages are being printed on demand every month, though they are still a tiny fraction of the 1.7 trillion pages printed last year. Online retailing and the rise of e-books have spurred the growth in on-demand printing. Amazon is one of the biggest customers for Lightning Source.


Lightning Source has a database of 9 million titles, 8 million of which are in the public domain.

Lightning Source, an on-demand publisher, is a division of Ingram. Larry Brewster from Lightning Source also comments.

The report includes a few words from Ingram CEO, Skip Prichard.

Direct to Audio and Transcript
Runs about 4 minutes.

See Also: Audio: A Different Version of The Report Aired on Nashville Public Radio (WPLN)
It also includes comments from Brewster and Prichard.
A text transcript is also available.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.