Paperight could be the next stage of POD

I just came across a new tech startup that hasn't quite started yet. It's a new project by the people behind Electric Book Works, the ebook makers based in South Africa. Paperight is designed to connect publishers,  print shops, and customers. Let's say a publisher has a title that they would like to offer worldwide, but the shipping cost is too high (textbook, for example) and they can't find a local partner. That's where Paperight comes in.

The publisher can upload the source to Paperight, specify which countries  they want to sell in, and how much they want. Paperight can then distribute the file to participation print shops, collect the royalties, and pay the publisher.

I find this particularly fascinating because of the many complaints I've heard about the major POD suppliers. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen proof copies described as cheap looking, amateurish, or frankly crap. A local print shop might not do better, but I don't see how it could do worse. At the very least the feedback loop will be shorter; looking someone in the eye and telling them they did a crappy job can be an effective motivator.

Does anyone know of an existing system like this? I don't know of one.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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