Ever since the Fastback line of binding equipment was first released, Librarians, Publishers and Authors have been singing the praise of Powis Parker. In fact, Tom Abate of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “An easy-to-use book binder could be the biggest thing to hit the consumer market since desktop publishing.” He continues, “[Powis’] technology is going to play a major role in bringing the capability to produce a high-quality book down to a quantity of one.” Likewise, Ray Matthews of the Utah State Library is quoted as saying, “I hail Mr. Parker as the Gutenberg of our generation.” Obviously these two individuals are sold on the product. However, the question remains… Why are librarians, Publishers and Authors so excited about Fastback binding systems?
1. Writers and Smaller Publishers Love Powis Parker Fastback because it provides them with an inexpensive on-demand publishing tool. Whether they need one book or one thousand: they can publish their own books as they need them, without having to manufacture and store inventory. In the past, economies of scale and retail profit requirements limited ‘publishable material’ to mass market hits. Now, inexpensive on-demand publishing and online global audience access have changed the marketing landscape. So vertical and niche markets can be highly profitable, too.
2. Librarians Love Powis Parker Fastback because it allows them to download and bind works that are in the public domain. The same goes for rare, out-of-print and super-specialized works. In fact, the term out-of-print may become obsolete. There are millions of pages of public domain work that is only a click away on the internet. With a Fastback machine that work can become a book in a matter of minutes.
3. Librarians also Love Powis-Parker because a Fastback binding machine can put new covers on damaged books for a fraction of the cost of sending them out. Since there are no minimum quantities, books don’t sit around waiting to be repaired. Plus, repairing books with a Fastback machine is incredibly easy and doesn’t involve using smelly or messy glues and adhesives.
4. Librarians and Authors Love Fastback because it allows distribution to be on demand. If a customer requests a book, a library, bookstore or online vendor can print and bind it. Effectively, you are removing the limitations of physical square footage and shelf space. With shrinking budgets, many libraries and publishers are forced to only carry the most popular titles and authors. However, a Fastback binding system gives authors, publishers and libraries the ability to better meet their customers needs without spending huge amounts of money. This also provides publishers with a vehicle to sell and monetize out of print materials, works that are frequently updated or obscure publications that are seldom requested.
5. Larger publishers and their Authors Love Fastback because it can be used to create limited batches of advance review copies instead of sending out punch-and-bind manuscripts. They can effortlessly make sample books, too. This allows authors to see their proof copy or advanced copies in print before the run is complete and provides the publisher with a low cost method of producing advance copies that look similar or identical to their finished product.