May 14 – 21, 2009 Edition

Columbia University Press
Fulfillment to Move to Perseus

NEW YORK, NY/Authorlink News/05/11/09–Columbia University Press, the fourth-oldest university press in the United States , announced late last week that it will close its warehouse this summer and move the fulfillment operations to Perseus Distribution, a division of Perseus Book Group. Perseus will also handle fulfillment for the press’s 11 distribution clients. The warehouse closing, will result in the loss of 25 jobs in its Irvington, N.Y. location.

The Press said the restructuring is part of an overall effort to improve print economics while facilitating electronic delivery.

“The collaboration with Perseus will strengthen the print program of the Press and allow it to accelerate growth of digital offerings-not previously available through its operations-for its eleven distribution partners,

particularly for short run digital printing, print on demand, and a suite of delivery services for electronic books in multiple formats,” the Press said in a statement on its web site. “Columbia University Press will continue to concentrate on growing its core publishing operations including its recently launched Columbia Business School Publishing imprint, making them available in multiple formats.”

A Columbia spokesperson said the decision to join Perseus’s Constellation distribution services, was prompted by Perseus’s ability to distribute in both e-book and print on demand formats. The move is expected to take place late this summer, before the September book adoption season begins.