The Custom Book Centre

May 11 / 60

Provost Professor John Dewar, University Bookshop CEO Graeme Connelly, Richard Siegarsmeyer and University Librarian Philip Kent at the opening of the Custom Book Centre last year.
Provost Professor John Dewar, University Bookshop CEO Graeme Connelly, Richard Siegarsmeyer and University Librarian Philip Kent at the opening of the Custom Book Centre last year.

The Custom Book Centre (CBC) is an initiative of the University Library and the Melbourne University Bookshop.

It produces short runs (5+) of high-quality paperback books for many different purposes, from small, personal projects to medium-size, fully commercial publications. It also acts as a commercial academic publisher for some University publications. 

CBC Executive Officer Simon Strong said the University generated large amounts of scholarly work, much of which never became printed books due to the high cost of conventional printing and publishing.

“The CBC very affordably produces printed books which are ready for distribution to bookshops and libraries, and, unlike conventional publishers, there is no transfer of author copyright,” he said. 

“Authors get the best of both worlds. Because the CBC uses the latest technology and methods, we can respond very quickly to developments within the University community and produce specialised books more quickly than conventional publishers.

“Our services in the academic print-on-demand field are among the most advanced, and most accessible, in the world. We have just finalised arrangements to make our books available via Amazon in the North America and Europe, which will help bring University content to a whole new readership.”

Mr Strong said there were many other benefits for academic staff, who could have their books published under the CBC imprint and qualify for research (DIISR) points when it was appropriate. 

The CBC also benefits research students, who can have their theses produced as paperback books to make their research easily and affordably available to other institutions, such as libraries and bookshops. 

Conference convenors can have their conference papers collected and made available in bound editions, in some cases at the conference itself.

The Centre’s services are not restricted to University publications. The CBC also offers print and distribution services to the general public to help fund their services and keep costs relatively low.

“ If you think you may have a potential book, we can probably help you become a published author.” My Strong said. “We have done all sorts of books, including family histories, novels, poetry and children's books.”

www.custombookcentre.com.au.

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