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Roseburg book center cuts 110 jobs

The Associated Press

ROSEBURG

-- Ingram Book Co. announced Wednesday it is eliminating 110 jobs at the distribution center here because its biggest customers are developing their own book-shipping services.

It's just one more indication that the book industry is changing and we have to adjust, spokesman Keel Hunt said from company headquarters in La Vergne, Tenn.

The layoffs amount to a 20-percent reduction in jobs at Douglas County's fourth-largest employer.

Valerie Richardson, 26, of Myrtle Creek, who has worked for Ingram 4 1/2 years, said she didn't know how she would support her child and another on the way without the job.

For the past three weeks, there have been rumors of layoffs, but we didn't how many people or when it would happen, she said. Now, I just don't know what I'll do.

The cutbacks are related to Barnes & Noble Inc., Borders Books and Internet retailer Amazon.com developing their own distribution capabilities, and Ingram's failed merger with Barnes & Noble. The Roseburg facility had 544 employees before the layoffs.