HP announced new digital press solutions that offer greater flexibility and higher productivity to help print service providers (PSPs) and publishers meet growing market demand for customized, shorter-run and personalized publications. The solutions, which HP will showcase May 3-16 at the drupa tradeshow, Düsseldorf, Germany, include:
— HP T360 and T410 Color Inkjet Web Presses, offering faster monochrome speeds (244 meters/800 feet per minute),(1) and an HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press offering faster color speeds (122 meters/400 feet per minute),(2) for higher-volume book manufacturing.
— The HP Indigo W7250 Digital Press, a high-volume, roll-fed device offering 33 percent faster throughput(3) for one-off and short- to medium-run production of high-end color textbooks, journals, manuals and trade books.
— The HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press – the first offset-quality digital press in a B2 size format (750 x 530 millimeters [mm] / 29.5 x 20.9 inches) suitable for printing a very broad range of publishing applications, including book signatures. Available next year, it offers HP Indigo’s unparalleled print quality and extensive media flexibility.
— The HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press, a sheet-fed press offering greater versatility and productivity, improved automation(4) and exclusive special effects for book cover printing.
While reading ebooks on your iOS devices is fairly pleasant, thanks to Apple’s iBooks app, the company has yet to release any such program for the Mac. To fill this void, Tidbits Publishing and Stairways Software have collaborated to create Bookle, a DRM-free ePub reader. The app, which made its official debut Monday, offers a simple and straightforward ebook reading experience for all of your ePub files unencumbered by Digital Rights Management (DRM). This includes most free ePub files available around the web, including those from Project Gutenberg, Tidbits’s Take Control Books, and Macworld’s own line of Superguides.
(Press Release) NORTH CHELMSFORD, MA, Feb. 03, 2011—Courier Corp., one of America's leading book manufacturers and specialty publishers, is considering closing its manufacturing plant in Stoughton, MA, due to the impact of technology and competitive pressures affecting the one-color paperback books in which the plant specializes.
(Press Release) PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011—HP Inkjet Web Presses produced 1.46 billion letter-size pages in the 2010 calendar year, printing for some of the world's leading book manufacturing, print fulfillment and commercial printing businesses.
Courier Corporation, one of America's leading book manufacturers and specialty publishers, today announced fourth-quarter and full-year results for its fiscal year ended September 25, 2010.
Self-publishing and online services, e-books, and digital demand printing are joined into a new and powerful sector that is transforming the industry. For industry professionals whose career satisfactions and livelihoods are bonded to the future of the book, this new sector offers a wild ride and a venturesome future.
INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, today announced a 30 percent increase in attendance at its 2010 digital book event held each year for the past five years at the Publishing Business Expo in New York City.
Regarding the book manufacturing industry’s commitment to “green” principles, it could be said that a page has truly turned. Over the past decade, consideration of climate impacts and paper sourcing has become central to the industry’s approach, and, along the way, many manufacturers have discovered ways to balance the need to economize, invest in infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts—often through innovative policies and practices that manage to do all three.