ERIC Number: ED262767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Future of the Book. Part III. New Technologies in Book Distribution: The United States Experience. Studies on Books and Reading No. 18.
Paul, Sandra K.; Kranberg, Susan
The third report from a comprehensive Unesco study, this document traces the history of the application of computer-based technology to the book distribution process in the United States and indicates functional areas currently showing the effects of using this technology. Ways in which computer use is altering book distribution management activities are examined, including ordering, order processing, delivery, payment processing, and warehouse functions. Following a brief introduction, the first section discusses the general use of computer technology, changes in book distribution procedures, and the context and methodology of the report. Section II describes the activities of individuals, companies, and organizations whose efforts have brought about technological change in book distribution in the United States. Section III analyzes the various component steps in the distribution chain and the organizations involved in them; areas are highlighted which have already experienced change due to technological advances and areas where such changes can confidently be predicted to occur in the near future. The final section outlines the various types of organizations which participate in the introduction of new technologies to the distribution process, identifies individuals in key leadership roles, and suggests emerging trends for the future. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SKP Associates, Washington, DC.; Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Center for the Book.; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: For a related document, see ED 234 348.