By Hannah Johnson
In a press release on Wednesday, IngramSpark announced that it will provide the publishing technology and distribution for the Williamson County Public Library‘s publishing program, Academy Park Press, located in Franklin, Tennessee.
IngramSpark is a publishing, distribution, and print-on-demand platform from the Ingram Content Group, built specifically for independent publishers and authors. The platform promises ebook distribution into 70% of the world, and print distribution to 80,000 retailers and libraries globally.
The first book from the Williamson County library is a children’s book called Bucky and Bonnie’s Library Adventure, written by library staff. “The creation of our first book and the development of our publishing program has been a labor of love and illustrates how libraries of today can move forward in new and exciting ways to serve their patrons,” said Dolores Greenwald, Director of the Williamson County Public Library.
“Libraries are transitioning like publishing is, like the media is. We’re looking at different and innovative ways to help our patrons, and that is why we started venturing into this realm and are hoping to be able to work with local authors,” said Greenwald.
The next step in the library’s publishing plan is to open a three-month submission period to local authors. A committee of six publishing authors will evaluate the submissions.
It seems that there is a push among US public libraries to find innovative ways to serve their patrons. Read our recent article about BiblioTech, the all-digital public library in San Antonio, TX.