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Digital Printing (POD)

Our Service:

IPG’s digital printing program offers more partners—and therefore more possibilities—than any other distributor. The high degree of choice allows us to create nuanced solutions for each publisher. Prefer the 80# gloss stock that only IPG affords? No problem. Trust Bookmasters for short run digital printing, but want the peace of mind of Amazon’s In Stock Protection® for unexpected shortages in supply? We can do that too. Whether you are looking for a one-off digital print run to support an author tour, a stop-gap printing solution to keep sales flowing between offset runs, or need to maintain your zero-inventory, print-to-order business model, we have you covered. 

IPG is proud to announce the completion of an on-site digital print facility. This facility enables 2-day turn times while eliminating the freight charges associated with offsite digital printing, providing an ideal mix of price and speed to market.

Available Programs:

Short Run Digital Printing:  Small print jobs designed to keep your titles in stock without risking an offset print run 

  • Print-ready files are distributed to the short run digital printer(s) of your choice, where they are prepped and made ready for printing.
  • IPG's sophisticated supply-chain system uses information about current title availability and rate of sale at major retailers to determine titles that are in danger of running out of stock.
  • When replenishment is needed, stock is printed on-site or printed and then shipped to our distribution center. If an order comes in, IPG picks, packs, and ships it like any other title.
  • Drop Shipment and ARC options:  Need books fast? We work with you to efficiently print and deliver one-off print jobs you need anywhere in the world.

Print On Demand: Keep your titles available between print runs and/or low-stock situations 

  • Low stock situations can kill demand for new and developing titles. Millions are lost each year by publishers who cannot fulfill orders in time, resulting in vendors deprioritizing the title in their ordering and search algorithms.
  • If you find yourself out of stock between offset print runs, Print On Demand services can temporarily print to order so that your titles are always listed as "In Stock" at and / or major retailers connected to Ingram’s wholesale business
  • Print On Demand does not eliminate the need for offset print runs – it provides a stop gap measure to ensure that immediate demand for your titles is met. In this program, IPG will continue reaching out to you for stock.

Inventory Free: A hassle-free way to keep your titles available 

  • Never worry about keeping you title in stock or managing your inventory – these programs will print only to firm orders for the life of your title.
  • IPG offers inventory free programs with all our POD providers, ensuring that your titles print to order on a 2 day turn time, filling backorders from any IPG customer ordering your book, period.
  • Ingram and Amazon services are specific to just their customers. Working with these programs can ensure that an “in stock” message is always showing on Ingram’s wholesaler site and
  • Bookmasters offers a unique academic-market application. Frontlist academic titles enrolled in the Bookmasters program will always show as “in stock” on Baker & Taylor’s Title Source software, encouraging the academic market to order copies of enrolled titles.

Any Questions?

Please reach out to our dedicated staff

Clark Matthews, Chief Technology Officer:

Anna Toman, Digital Print Manager:

Anna Toman

Digital Print Manager

 Anna graduated from Roosevelt University where she earned a BA in English Literature. She began at IPG as an intern in 2014, and was hired as a Digital Production Associate later that year. Anna began working with the digital print services team in 2015 and soon after became the Digital Print Coordinator at IPG, facilitating the enrollment, processing and inventory management for all Short Run Digital Printing and Print on Demand services.