April 4, 2005 9:19 AM PDT
Amazon buys on-demand book printer
BookSurge keeps a catalog of thousands of titles, mostly out-of-print or in low demand, including several foreign-language books, and lets consumers print them out. Some major titles that BookSurge maintains include the Arabic-language version of international bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," titles by New York Times bestselling author Robert Morgan, and Pura Belpre's "Perez and Martina: A Puerto Rican Folktale." The titles are now available for sale on Amazon.com. "Print-on-demand has changed the economics of small-quantity printing, making it possible for books with low and uncertain demand to be profitably produced," Greg Greeley, Amazon's vice president for media products, said in a statement.