ANSWERING THE GLOBAL DEMAND
Since the release of the Dianetics and Scientology Basic Books and Lectures in 2007, Scientologists have flooded into their Churches in greater numbers than ever. Demand for the materials has grown exponentially and, as parishioners have progressed through those books and lectures, the numbers of new people coming in to find out about Scientology have likewise grown. Indeed, the Scientology religion is now enjoying its greatest expansion era in history, with public demand for L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures escalating across more than 200 nations, 150 cultures and in some 50 languages.
Meeting that demand has required facilities to provide books and lectures in any language, any quantity, with adequate speed and economy—no matter if it's 500 copies of a title in Swahili for Uganda or one million in English. No conventional printing house would have served—not with a 2,500-lecture library times 50 languages. Time frames could never have been met and printing costs for a relatively small number of books for new pioneer areas would have proven entirely prohibitive.
A new publishing strategy was needed and, under the direction of Mr. David Miscavige, that strategy was developed and put in place in early 2007—even prior to the release of The Basics.
All book and lecture CD production was established in-house, the entire line from inception to distribution: printing, foiling, embossing, laminating, CD replication, packaging and shipping. Occupying massive new headquarters, the Church’s publishing arms are now the world’s largest all-digital, print-on-demand facilities. Accordingly, their precision operations are visited regularly by industry leaders, as models of innovation and efficiency.
Bridge Publications manufactures all Dianetics and Scientology books, lectures and course packs for the Americas, Asia and the rest of the world, except Europe and the United Kingdom which are under the purview of New Era Publications in Copenhagen, Denmark. In combination, Bridge and New Era can print 1.3 million books and 1 million compact discs a week. Annually, that amounts to 67 million books and 52 million CDs.
Add in paperbacks and course packs, and the printed pages placed end to end would extend to the moon and back.
With digital printing and print-on-demand, production has soared and keeps pace with the demand. Eighty million L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures were distributed from 2004-2009 alone, more than in the previous 50 years—and 70 million from 2007-2010.
Moreover, with all Mr. Hubbard’s religious works now available to anyone the world over, what has ensued is no less than a renaissance for the Scientology religion.
L. Ron Hubbard's Books Win 18 Design Awards
In 2008-2009, Bridge Publications Inc. was recognized with 18 awards for excellence in design, printing and production. Awards for Mr. Hubbard's books included the Gold Ink Award 2008, American Inhouse Design Award 2008, National Best Books 2008 and Next Generation Indie Book Award 2009.