online bookstore PGDirect

Now you have options

  1. Selling through PGDirect complements the workflows that most publishers have in place. PGDirect is your 3rd Option (and most likely, we will prove to be your best).
  2. The corporate structure at PGDirect is different from other book printer/seller combinations. We can sell publishers’ books at a lower price because most of the publishers’ discounts are passed on to the consumer, ultimately resulting in the sale of more books.
  3.  PG’s printing quality is excellent, printing and binding options extensive, and costs are competitive.
  4. PGDirect helps market publishers’ titles by periodically featuring books on the homepage with “About the Author”Email Blast Vertical 129 features.
  5. PGDirect offers books that are environmentally friendlySince PG prints and binds every book we sell,  all the materials used are FSC certified.
  6. PG’s production process only occurs after a book is sold, thereby assuring no waste or remainders, and no book ever listed as “out of stock.” 
  7. Quick turnaround (48 hours for softcover/72 for hardcover) gets books to consumers faster as the orders stream seamlessly from retailer into production instantly.
  8. Creative use of social media between PGDirect, publishers and authors enables organic growth on the internet and builds strong backlinks for optimizing SEO plans.
  9. PGDirect and PG offer a personal touch to our business relationships and customizable solutions.
  10. PGDirect’s Reprint Center allows publishers to sell to their authors via unique portals for each author, 24/7, with customizable pricing, packing lists, and invoicing.
  11. PGDirect sells publishers’ books, prints and binds them, ships them, bills them, collects the payment and sends publishers a check for their profits each month. Get set up on PGDirect and get a check for just…. being!   

Visit PGDirect and learn more by calling PG at 630-221-1850.

Over her 45 year career, Sarah has literally touched millions of books!

Story by Ann Hoover

Sarah Billingsley has retired after nearly 45 years in the printing industry.  Sarah started her career in printing with Corley Printing Company on March 29, 1971 and ended it with Publishers’ Graphics on January 22, 2016.  During that time, she worked in the bindery department at two plant locations while company ownership changed 5 times, under the direction of 5 supervisors and side by side with hundreds of co-workers.

Over the years Sarah has handled, literally, millions of books. And, because of her level of commitment, those books were quality products!  Her dedication and attention to detail were to second to none.  Just imagine how many peoples’ lives have been touched by the books she produced!

Beyond her contributions to the company’s success was her personal contribution to daily life at the company. Sarah has a wonderful sense of humor, and she isn’t afraid to “shoot from the hip” when it comes to expressing her opinions.  She’s a straight-talker who, over the years, has surprised and amused all of us.

Sarah ended her career as she began it – with the appreciation of her supervisors and the admiration of her “work family.” As was mentioned at her retirement luncheon last week, she has finished the race and finished strong!  Sarah will be sorely missed, but we are very happy that she is beginning this new chapter of her life.  Good luck and God bless, Sarah!

Sarah with cake

 

Last time punching out!

Last time punching out!

 

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They say write about what you know. So goes the saying, and for Paul Herd, that means classic cars as well as a mystery novel set in the Ozarks of Missouri.

The classic cars came first. Paul created his publishing company, PAH Publishing, based around his love of cars. For the last 31 years, he’s written, photographed and published over 30 automotive tech manuals that help collectors restore classic cars and trucks. Sales have continued to grow as new books and manuals are added to the publishing group.

Paul’s manuals are really tools that help collectors source replacement parts for their vehicles and understand the manufacturers’ complicated coding sheets.   His manuals cover some of America’s most beloved and iconic models including the Cadillac, Ford trucks, and Mustangs.IMG_0364

During breaks in his thriving publishing business, Paul, who also writes under the pen name of Thomas Mulveigh, wrote a novel called “Blood Necklace,” a murder mystery set in the Ozarks where he resides.  It’s his first fiction novel, and his second is in the works, due out early next year.

Reprint Center fills the Distribution Void

Using a combination of channels to market and promote his titles, Paul sells his books directly on his own website, http://www.goldenroadspublishing.com, and also takes advantage of PG’s Reprint Center for shortruns for shipping directly to bookstores and author events.

Paul was one of PG’s first customers to use PG’s new Reprint Center. He says, “You have made it so much easier to use, we just find our company in the list of all our titles so I don’t have to sort through endless list of titles hunting for the one I want.  I don’t need to use a different purchase order number for every title, I can have one per customer, which is much easier to reconcile in our files.”

Shipping has become easier too. Paul noted, “The biggest perk for us is we pay for shipping up front; no more guessing how much it is, so there are no surprises.”

Quality is still Paul’s main driver when it came to selecting a print vendor. “For the quality of the books we couldn’t ask for better, before that was one of the complaints we were getting from customers, now even our fiction book “Blood Necklace” sits on bookstore shelves in between those from big publishers and no one can tell it is a print on demand book.  If a bookstore wants you to do a book signing for them, the quality speaks for itself.”

PG’s new retail platform, PGDirect, is another sales channel that Paul utilizes. He benefits from a free retail listing, more exposure and visibility, and a POD model that prints and ships his books within 48 hours.

 

OmniScriptum and Publishers’ Graphics Sign Cooperation Agreement

December 10, 2015: Publishers’ Graphics, a leader in POD book manufacturing and distribution, is pleased to announce an agreement with OmniScriptum Publishing Group, a German publishing group based in Saarbrücken, Germany, to market and distribute their extensive catalog of titles on PGDirect. PGDirect is a new direct to consumer retail platform that was launched by Publishers’ Graphics in September.

“We are excited about this agreement, which will benefit the many customers of OmniScriptum,” remarked Kathleen Lewis, President of PGDirect. “We recognize that publishers are looking for new sales channels and fresh options. By eliminating many steps in the process, like warehousing, unnecessary transportation, and labor costs, PG Direct moves them a step closer a zero-inventory model,” she continued.

Marc Wegmann, Chief Information Officer at OmniScriptum, said: “OmniScriptum is forever linked to sustainability, and we are focused on developing smooth and efficient processes; for a path-breaking publishing industry at the highest level. As part of ongoing efforts to improve our services we have collaborated with Publishers’ Graphics — one of the best printing, fulfillment and direct distribution companies across the US! From now on our authors can benefit from better quality ecological printing and worldwide distribution implemented all across North America, Central and South America. We firmly believe that our authors will benefit from this cooperation in many ways, and can be sure of receiving best service from both parties, anytime.”

Lewis agreed, “Within publishing, there is a renewed focus on the environmental impact of manufacturing with its associated processes, like transportation and labor. We’re committed to taking a stand against waste in the traditional publishing model; in fact, PGDirect is a bookstore on a mission!”

OmniScriptum has made available over 100,000 titles for the site, across a wide range of subjects and genres. Scientific publishing is their core business, and they also publish religious works, fiction and special interest.  PGDirect embraces a true POD model, since books are only printed when a customer places an order. With a 48-hour manufacturing and shipping schedule, consumers receive their books much faster– and with a reduced carbon footprint– than traditional methods.

As a leader in POD and short-run printing for publishers, Publishers’ Graphics brings innovative procedures and workflows to book creation. Providing customized solutions to its customers has made PG a go-to resource for publishers around the world. Headquartered in Carol Stream, IL, PG has an in-plant satellite operation in Florence, Kentucky, as well as manufacturing and warehouse facilities in St. Louis, Missouri. Publishers’ Graphics distributes globally by printing its products locally on three continents through strategic partnerships.
For more information, please visit http://www.pubgraphicsdirect.com and www.pubgraphics.com

Dr. Bernie Unrau is a dentist, inventor, teacher, author, and screenwriter. He’s also one of PG’s most prolific authors and self-publishers, churning out an astonishing 32 novels and screenplays!  His main character, Dr. Gum, appears in many of his books, and his adventures as a gumshoe dental detective are modeled on Bernie’s vast dentistry knowledge.

Bernie’s first books were tapped out on an old typewriter before the advent of modern laptops, Google or the internet.  We wondered, with his busy dental practice, how does he write, design and produce cover artwork, promote, and market his books? Here are his replies:

 book itWhere do you get your ideas for your books?

It’s an interesting albeit perplexing process. I may find inspiration in a song, something I read or saw.  I begin to investigate, see if there’s a story there, and usually dispel hundreds of ideas. The title or a scene may arise first, then I’ll craft a story around it. I usually let an idea simmer for a while. For “Lacryma Christi,” I got the idea from an article I read last year about a doctor who’d been given a clean bill of health after working in Ebola infected areas of Africa.  Later it was discovered that he harbored the virus in one of his eyes causing a bizarre discoloration like wearing a contact lens.  Eureka! I thought what if the virus was unleashed or used as a bioweapon? How many people are potentially exposed? What’s the worst case scenario? I began to research the disease and the horrific tale slowly came together.

With your busy dental practice, how do you find time to write books? Do you have a daily or consistent creativity process of your own?  

I learned ages ago, from the “father of the medical thriller,” Robin Cook, takes time off his practice and cocoons himself in his condo in Naples FL, for about six weeks each summer. I use a similar recipe, isolate myself in my operatory /writing office in Calgary for about six weeks and focus intensely. I begin to write early say 7 AM, continue until noon, a quick bite, and then continue oft into the evening. I average about 13-15 pages/day or up to 5000 words when I’m in high gear much like Michael Crichton did. Steven King said he averaged about 2200 words/day. The rest of the day I read voraciously, planning, researching the next scenes/locations. The story comes together in about six weeks I’ve found.  Then the arduous task of re-writing begins.

What’s your best advice for writers just starting out?

The best advice to young writers is learn to focus, which I learned from spending many years studying medicine, dentistry, eventually post-graduate implantology. A lot of time management. Find time to set aside in earnest to truly focus on your craft, even if it’s only an hour or two a day. In my case, I’d spent many a summer doing medical research, so I was accustomed to the long grueling hours of delving into a topic deeply. You need to focus, concentrate. Make up your mind, believe you can achieve your goal and you will. Never, never, give up. Where the creativity came from, God only knows. Besides how much golf or tennis can you endure in one summer?

 Who does your compelling cover artwork?

I actually design my own covers. It may be a photo from my collection or usually an interesting image comes to mind that ties the story together or may actually inspire the tall tale. I have a computer program for that. Once the cover art is complete I proceed to design the entire book, front and back, with another program. It may take a couple of days. For example, “Terra Vista” was a signed photo given to me by one of the astronauts, Dr. Georgi Grecko, also the designer of MIR, the former Russian space station after a lecture of his I attended.

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Do you ever experience writers’ block, and, if so, how do you overcome it?

I rarely encounter writer’s block, because the story is meticulously researched and outlined, the characters, genre, locations mapped out, real street names and places. I oft joke about the logo for Caltex Press, an old mariner’s globe, if I spin the globe and point to a location on Earth; I’ve probably penned a book or screenplay about it. Once I begin, the actors take over, show me where to go, what they’re doing, they take me on an incredible journey each time. The story unravels in front of me much like a movie. It’s an intense process and experience because I’m so focused. I’ve had nightmares or near heart attacks while dreaming up the next scenes or waiting for an answer.

You can visit www.CalteXpress.com to learn more about Dr. Unrau’s titles.

snip of logoWe’ve launched!  Our new e-commerce platform, PG Direct, is now live!

So what exactly is PG Direct?  What can it do for you?  Imagine sending your book files to your printer, who could process and print your titles, and THEN market and sell your title through an e-commerce bookselling platform…all with one easy seamless process.  Well, that’s the beauty of PG Direct!  We’ve made bookprinting and selling far more efficient…. and simpler than ever with an all-in-one solution.

Why did we develop it?  You probably realize that the bookselling environment is rapidly changing and becoming even more competitive. Today it’s not enough to be “just a printer,” we must also be a logistics expert that delivers content, no matter the format.

You might say we reinvented our own supply chain. Behind the scenes, we already had a nimble manufacturing platform in place, so it was a matter of leveraging our technology expertise to create a user friendly shopping experience for readers and consumers.  As PG president, Nick Lewis, explained,  “It was not a huge leap for us to add e-commerce functions to our capabilities, and as far as we know, we’re one of the first US printers to offer this bold, new sales model to our publishers.”

This new sales channel simplifies– even disrupts– the supply chain; in short, we’re bypassing the middleman – like Amazon, for example. Each of our customer segments—publisher, consumer, libraries and others  —will likely benefit by working with us directly through time and cost savings.

Bypassing the middleman results in a streamlined, more profitable cycle for publishers.

Bypassing the middleman results in a streamlined, more profitable book creation process

What are the advantages?  It’s a unique opportunity to reach a broader audience. Publishers will experience more exposure and visibility for their titles, while readers will enjoy perks like discounted retail pricing, free USPS shipping (for purchases over $30) and fast production times. Our streamlined process cuts out unnecessary expenses like overprinting, transportation, and storage costs, and we handle all the clerical tasks too. No more administrative time-consuming jobs like taking orders, processing credit cards and shipping books.              

There’s an environmental bonus as well. Kathleen Lewis, Vice President of Publishers’ Graphics, noted, “Consumers will recognize that our process helps save energy while keeping the printed book beautiful and affordable. With a direct to consumer supply chain, we are reducing waste, saving energy and resources– resulting in a very small carbon footprint. It’s the complete package and an earth-friendly solution that we think consumers will appreciate.”     

 

PG Direct Publishers and About US BannersFull circle with PG Direct.  It all comes back to creating great looking books. Ones that you’re proud to sell and distribute. By skipping the middleman, the savings are passed on to the end-consumer so both you and your readers benefit.  It’s a full-circle, full-service solution with mighty benefits. 

Visit PG Direct and learn how we can help you sell and distribute your titles.   Or call us at 630-221-1850. 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

[August 25,  2015; Carol Stream, IL]: Publishers’ Graphics, a leading manufacturer and distributor of short-run and print-on-demand books with locations in Chicago, St. Louis, and Kentucky, today announced the launch of its new e-commerce website, PG Direct. PG Direct (www.pubgraphicsdirect.com) is an online bookstore that reimagines the supply chain by selling books directly to consumers.

“With a dynamic, nimble manufacturing platform already in place, we are in a great position to further optimize our supply chain with an e-commerce site,” explained Nick Lewis, President of Publishers’ Graphics. “PG Direct features a streamlined process that eliminates multiple steps in the distribution process. It was not a huge leap for us to add e-commerce functions to our capabilities, and as far as we know, we’re one of the first US printers to offer this bold, new sales model to our publishers.”

The site features a well-designed shopping experience with highly crafted hardcover and softcover books, a 72-hour production timeline, and free shipping. Complemented by a robust search engine, PG’s comprehensive book catalog—nearly a quarter million titles strong— is searchable by ISBN number, title, publisher, author and subject.

Kathleen Lewis, Vice President of Publishers’ Graphics, noted, “Consumers will recognize that our process helps save energy while keeping the printed book beautiful and affordable. With a direct to consumer supply chain, we are reducing waste, saving energy and resources– resulting in a very small carbon footprint. It’s the complete package and an earth-friendly solution that we think consumers will appreciate.”

The PG Direct website appeals to readers, publishers and booklovers alike who will enjoy its singular focus on books, free of distractions from unrelated products and content. Publishers will especially benefit with an additional sales channel that offers more exposure and visibility for their titles.

As a leader in POD and short-run printing for publishers, Publishers’ Graphics brings innovative procedures and workflows to book creation. Providing customized solutions to its customers has made PG a go-to resource for publishers around the world.  Headquartered in Carol Stream, IL, PG has an in-plant satellite operation in Florence, Kentucky, as well as manufacturing and warehouse facilities in St. Louis, Missouri. Publishers’ Graphics distributes globally by printing its products locally on three continents through strategic partnerships.

For more information, please visit www.pubgraphicsdirect.com or www.pubgraphics.com

 

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