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Faber & Faber Announces Faber Factory

Posted at 6:15AM Wednesday 06 Oct 2010


Faber and Faber is delighted to announce the launch of Faber Factory - a fully comprehensive digital service to enable independent publishers to have an immediate and cost effective digital publishing programme without having to invest in additional resource and add to their overhead.

Faber Factory builds on Faber and Faber's unique position in the independent sector and track record in building successful partnerships with independent publishers such as the Independent Alliance. Faber also has a vibrant ebook programme of front and backlist title and was cited in The Bookseller as one of two publishers dominating ebook sales.

Faber Factory is a unique digital service by a publisher for publishers that offers:

* Text digitisation: file conversion, management and distribution

* Excellent relationships with a wide range of etailers and aggregators around the world

* Free storage

* Expert and comprehensive sales reporting

The business will launch in October 2010 with publishers worth GBP50,000,000 in turnover in its first year. There are already 18 publishers signed up to the service: Accent Press, Allison & Busby, Anthem Press, Aurum, Beautiful Books, Constable & Robinson, Crown House, Elliott & Thompson, Flare, Gallic, Gibson Square, Loose Chippings, Nick Hern, No Exit, Old Street, Quiller, Short Books and Templar.

Faber have worked closely with Infogrid Pacfic (IGP) in developing a distribution management system for the independent publishing community. IGP are a leading publisher technology company focused on content management and distribution, based in Pune, India.

The Faber Factory Team includes Nigel Marsh, Director of Publishing Services and Will Atkinson, Sales and Marketing Director. Faber is delighted to announce that Simon Blacklock has been appointed Head of Factory Sales. Simon Blacklock has considerable experience in the industry and has previously held senior positions at Waterstone's and Ottakars as Range Director and Supply Chain Director respectively.

Andrew Johnson - Quiller press and chair of the IPG : 'Quiller are delighted to be an early client of the Faber Factory As an independent publisher it is important to identify and focus on your strengths and it is a great advantage to be able to utilise the greater knowledge, experience and commercial influence that Faber offers in the fast-developing world of e-books and digital publishing, enabling Quiller to develop it's business and knowing that it's digital strategy is in safe hands.'

Simon Petherick, Publisher, Beautiful Books: 'I'm delighted that Beautiful will be working with Faber Factory. Distribution of our digital material is a key part of our future business, and the Factory is already well on its way to becoming the market leader in this area.'

Richard Pipe - CEO of IGP - 'Collaborating with Faber and Faber has allowed us to address the demanding digital content distribution challenges facing publishers today. Digital publishing is a fast changing business and the solution makes it easy for publishers keep pace with technology changes.'

Will Atkinson, Sales and Marketing Director, Faber and Faber said: 'Just as the independent alliance did 5 years ago, Factory, brings together a significant selection of independent publishers in one easily accessible place. It is a one stop shop saving much time and effort for retailers and publishers alike.'

Stephen Page, CEO and Publisher: 'Faber offers services to other leading independent publishers, so it is natural, given the digital skills we have recently developed, to offer these as a service to the community of independent publishing and to create a business that enables our independent partners to reach a wide market digitally. I am also delighted to be adding Simon Blacklock to Faber's team. As a retailer he commanded great respect, and his expertise and many skills make him an exciting addition to Faber's staff.'

For further information please contact Rachel Alexander at Faber and Faber on 020 7 927 3883/07980 712 113

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