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rapido’s story

Letting go of EITHER/OR and embracing BOTH/AND

With more than 30 years of experience in printing, Simon Dulac began his career in France, where he simultaneously oversaw the printing of more than 20 weekly newspapers. Deciding to follow his children to Montreal, he founded Rapido Books in 2013, with the objective of sharing his expertise in digital technology with Canadian and Quebec publishers.

The result is Rapido Books’ trademark turnkey service for short-run printing and print-on-demand. Simon leads a team of dynamic professionals dedicated to offering publishers new and creative solutions that will pave the way for the future of the printed book.

Rapido’s philosophy is based on 4 principles:

Simon Dulac

LOCAL PRINTING & EFFICIENCY: Produce books locally with faster turnaround times;

UNIQUE PRODUCTS: Help publishers transform their books into beautiful works with more value than the electronic alternative;

USABILITY: Provide clients with modern and easy-to-use technology that makes ordering as simple as a few clicks;

FREEDOM: In an industry controlled all too often by distribution channels, Rapido gives publishers the freedom to create.

Under Simon’s leadership, Rapido Books has served well over 300 publishers across Canada, a testament to the company’s customer service and tireless support of publishers in their quest to put books where they belong: in readers’ hands!

Our Vision

We make the complicated simple.
It’s no secret that the publishing industry’s traditional supply model is on the decline. The large distribution houses are struggling, and large bookstores, like the independent ones, are seeing a slump in sales. In the face of the increasing dominance of electronic books, standardization seems to be the only solution, even though it decreases supply and hampers creativity. It’s also biting into revenues for everyone in the chain: authors, editors and bookstores.

Publishers need to recreate themselves, and we at Rapido believe that print-on-demand is the key to staying relevant. Our digital solutions and simple ordering procedure bring publishers and authors flexibility, ease, security and profitability.

They don’t have to waste as much time, paper or money. Even better, publishers and authors can take back creative control. Who could say no?

In bypassing distributors, publishers have more direct access to their markets. Along with social media and online sales channels, it’s never been easier to build long-lasting relationships with readers.

The industry might be volatile, but it’s also an exciting time to discover new opportunities for publishers, authors, and bookstores. Won’t you come join us?

Our Commitments

The Rapido Books team works tirelessly to produce the best quality books, all while adhering to the following promises:
  • The best service at the best possible prices;
  • Strict production quality control and promptness;
  • Process efficiency that doesn’t waste time, materials or money;
  • Continuous innovation that allows us to offer you the best and most options (accurate colours, choice of paper finish, etc.);
  • Valuing clients by listening to their business needs and providing customized solutions that are right for them.

At Rapido Books, we only promise what we can deliver, and exceed your expectations every time, all while helping you grow your business.

Our Approach

In keeping with our commitment to innovation and convenience, Rapido Books is building its legacy by:

Reinventing regularly in our production quality:

  • Automating as much as we can for the comfort and security of our clients;
  • Creating value through making books that are unique, durable and beautiful;
  • Employing leading professionals that are at the forefront of the industry;
  • Relying on proactive partners to ensure continued added value and quality to our clients.

Our Commitment to the Environment

At Rapido Books, we love the environment as much as we love books. Our printing solution limits the use of renewable resources (paper and hydroelectric energy) as well as non-renewable resources (ink and transport fuel), and we only use paper from sustainably managed forests and recycling. But we want to do more. Did you know that paper can only be recycled maximum five times? We need to permanently reintroduce “new” paper paste that aids the recycling process. This paste is essential to our planet’s future for two reasons:
  • The consumption of wood for paper production helps spread the surface of forests and therefore to absorb more carbon dioxide;
  • Young trees, not old ones, produce oxygen. Old forests only consume it. Cutting down old trees and planting new ones is thus critical to the future of our planet.

The average lifespan of an e-reader is 4 to 5 years at most, and recycling it is a complicated and problematic procedure, since only 10% of electronic devices are actually recycled. An e-reader’s true environmental impact is roughly equivalent to several hundred books. It’s often touted that digital books save forests, but bear in mind that a single reading light on an eReading device has the same environmental impact as purchasing 60 paper books. Even worse, a reading light only lasts about four to five years, and is unlikely to be recycled (only 10% of electronic devices are). Suddenly, reading an ebook doesn’t sound so “green”, does it?

At Rapido Books, we believe the solution isn’t fewer published titles, but fewer – and better quality – paper copies.

Only print and ship what you sell.

Forget selling books to people who don’t need them, or producing books that don’t sell. Let’s listen to readers. By giving them only what they want, we also take from the planet only what we need. Mother Earth is counting on us, and it’s time to be accountable and do our share.