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Books for School Exceeds Expectations
December 1, 2004

A consortium of industry leaders that took part in the Books For School program at the Graph Expo and Converting Show, held in Chicago, Oct. 10-15, exceeded the production goal of classic titles that were donated to the Chicago Public Schools. The group of companies consisted of Delphax Technologies, Glatfelter, Keene Technology Inc., Stalfors Inc., MBO America, Palamides, Shuttleworth Inc., Muller-Martini Corp., Xeikon America Inc. and GBC. Together, their technology produced over 5,000 books during the first day and a half of Graph Expo, which was the target goal for the entire show, says Bob VandenBoom, marketing director of Delphax Technologies. "This performance is particularly

Struck By Gold
October 1, 2004

And the winners of the 17th annual Gold Ink Awards are … As summer rolls into fall, it's time once again to announce, and display on these pages, the winners in the book competition of the 2004 Gold Ink Awards, which has earned the respect of some of the most renowned producers of printed material in the industry. Over the course of three days, our esteemed judges poured over entries in 46 categories, including eight book categories, debating the merits and sweating over each nuance of the 1,574 submissions before bestowing a gold, silver or bronze designation on a winner. It was tiring work

Navigating the Global Market
October 1, 2004

If you're considering offshore sourcing, here are some additional words of caution. Milton Batalion, senior vice president of production and manufacturing for Time Warner Book Group, says selecting an offshore printer is much like selecting a domestic printer. But no matter what printer you choose, challenges can arise in managing such a long-distance relationship, primarily in shipping and potential delays. Rail congestion, for example, has been a recent concern, as it is making it difficult for book shipments arriving on the West Coast to be moved on time. "It could be just the peak season, but it's also likely that there is just a

Offshoring and the Global Marketplace
October 1, 2004

Offshoring has taken on new meaning in recent years. The Web, electronic file transfer, advancements in foreign technology and faster, better ways to communicate globally have all stirred the waters of opportunity for tapping the American marketplace from overseas. A global marketplace has swelled beyond what many expected. For some, this means greater opportunity, savings and growth. For others, it means the promise of more jobless Americans, more abandoned factories, more unfair labor competition. For many book publishers, specifically, it means more options for manufacturing books cost-effectively. It means new options for digital content creation, design and editorial. It means increased profitability, growth

Beyond Piracy
August 1, 2004

Bill Rosenblatt has been dealing in digital rights management (DRM) since before DRM even had a name. He has helped develop industry DRM standards, he has penned a book called "Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology," and he edits the newsletter DRM Watch ( For him, DRM isn't only about protecting online content from piracy, it's a way of doing business in today's digital marketplace. Rosenblatt spent some time answering some of our questions about DRM and how it can impact your future. 1. In today's marketplace, what does digital rights management involve and why is it important to book

Rodale Takes a Bigger Bite of the Big Apple
August 1, 2004

The publisher of "The South Beach Diet" is gorging itself on New York City real estate, while denying speculation that it will soon abandon its cozy head office in Eastern Pennsylvania for a more prominent position in Manhattan. A spokesperson for the family-owned, Emmaus-based publisher says it is committed to its roots, and is only increasing its office space to provide a contiguous workplace for its New York-based staff. Rodale's 300 New York employees are currently dispersed throughout several floors of the AIG SunAmerica building on Third Avenue. But that hasn't deterred speculation that Rodale's decision to expand its office space is

Turn End-of-Life Titles into Profit
August 1, 2004

Life was good for The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. The company had grown to become one of the largest independent publishers and distributors in North America. It employed hundreds of people in seven locations. And, it had printed more than 20,000 new books in its 29 years. But, life was about to get even better—as the company tapped a new, multimillion-dollar revenue stream. THE RELATIONSHIP BUSINESS James E. Lyons, Rowman & Littlefield president and publisher, had shared a concern of many modern-day publishers: excess inventory. The company typically ordered offset print runs that would last two years, but, occasionally, more books were printed

Do Cover Enhancements Enhance Profits?
August 1, 2004

Consumer spending on books will reach $44 billion by 2008, and publishers will be serving up a menu of more than 2.3 billion books from which readers can choose, predicts a recent study by the Book Industry Study Group, a nonprofit industry organization. With so many titles vying for a piece of the pie, each book's cover becomes increasingly important to catch the book-buyer's eye, despite the old caveat about judging a book by its cover. But does pomp and circumstance help sell books? Beauty Is Only Cover Deep, But It's The Cover That Buyers See Many in the industry agree that a

Will Your Sustainability Efforts Stack Up?
August 1, 2004

Most publishers are relatively tone deaf to adversarial activist campaigns. And so far, large, mainstream publishers have been only lukewarm in their response to voluntary multi-stakeholder collations like the Green Press Initiative/EPA Resource Conservation Challenge, which is calling on publishers to improve their ecological footprint. But, it will be increasingly difficult to ignore the growing number of institutional investors that are calling for big business to address the sustainability challenge. Socially responsible investment funds and indexes that employ sustainability performance ratings now represent in excess of $2 trillion in holdings. The influence of these funds is rising as they are rapidly moving from

From finished manuscript to press in 9 days.
August 1, 2004

Book publishers know the importance of fast time to market, and in few industry sectors is it more crucial than high-tech publishing. High-tech book titles become obsolete the moment a new operating system, programming language or other technology is introduced. At O'Reilly & Associates—a publisher of books covering everything from the Internet to XML, Mac OS X, open source, Java and Web services—accelerating the publishing process can literally mean the difference between success and failure for many titles. When the company decided to publish "Running Mac OS X Panther" in late 2003, O'Reilly and the impending author, James Duncan Davidson, knew

A Call to All Publishers
August 1, 2004

The book-publishing industry faces a new challenge: to improve its ecological footprint—significantly. The call was brought upon the industry by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Green Press Initiative—a nonprofit group that promotes environmentally responsible practices in the publishing industry—and was announced at the recent Book Expo America in Chicago. Currently, the industry uses less than 5 percent recycled paper. That's 5 percent of an average of nearly one million tons of paper consumed each year by the book-publishing industry alone. The industry's consumption of non-recycled paper produces 5.2 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of 19 million trees

E-books Set Record Q1 Sales
August 1, 2004

E-book sales have reached record levels, and revenues are way up, according to a report by the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), an international organization that monitors trades and standards for the e-publishing industry. Unit sales grew 46 percent to 421,955, while revenues were up 28 percent to $3.23 million, compared to the same quarter in 2003, according to OeBF. Twenty-four of the leading e-book publishers and retailers submit data to the OeBF, which uses the data to compile its report. The eBook Statistics Report is a quarterly report released by Open eBook Forum. "This quarter, e-books have hit a high mark for sales," says

Banta Expands Va. Distribution Center
August 1, 2004

Banta Corp. expanded its Harrisonburg, Va., distribution facility to accommodate new business, spending $6.5 million to extend the facility by 179,000 square feet. The company expanded the center to 433,000 square feet and added 20,000 full pallet locations, conveyor belts and returns processing equipment. The distribution center connects to Banta's print facility where finished products are moved from the bindery to the distribution center using self-guided vehicles. The added space improves the efficiencies at the facility, including reducing fulfillment and transportation costs, says Dwayne Black, VP of operations for Banta. The addition increases Banta's processing capability to 5,500 cartons of books and materials a

Glatfelter Launches Customer-Focused Service Program
August 1, 2004

Specialty papers and engineered products manufacturer Glatfelter has rolled out a service program that provides customers with more flexibility for the products it offers. The program offers distributors three book grades—Glatfelter Offset, End-Leaf and Restore Cote—in a range of shades, finishes and basis weights. Glat Offset is the company's premium uncoated book publishing paper designed for high-quality print jobs. End-Leaf is designed to form a strong bond between the text and case, and Restore Cote is a recycled, film-coated grade designed for the textbook market. Under the new program, Glatfelter guarantees shipment within seven days of placing the order and eliminates trim requirements, says

CtP's Progeny
June 1, 2004

In an age of on-demand cable, print-on-demand and instant messaging, it's no wonder publishers say the most important aspect of computer-to-plate technology is faster turnaround times. Over its 10-year life span, CtP technology has brought the industry as close to on-demand turnaround times as possible, shortening production time and streamlining the manufacturing process. It means publishers can drop pages in their printers' laps knowing they'll be turned around quicker than Barry Bonds swinging at an 0-2 fastball. Time-sensitive subjects are now brought to market faster. What Martha Stewart knew or didn't know about the stock price of Imclone, or what President Bush knew

Top Book Manufacturers the Complete Listing
June 1, 2004

In compiling the Top 30 Book Manufacturers for our print issue (May/June), some privately held companies, whose revenues may have qualified them to be ranked, chose not to participate. In order to recognize all the book manufacturers surveyed for the ranking, BookTech editors compiled this alphabetical listing. Ambrose Printing, Nashville, Tenn. Alcom Printing Group, Harleysville, Pa. Balmar Inc., Falls Church, Va. Banta Corp., Menasha, Wis. Bertelsmann Arvato, New York Bolger Concept to Print, Minneapolis Burton & Mayer, Brookfield, Wis. Cadmus Communications, Richmond, Va. Carter Printing, Richmond, Va. Cavanaugh Press, Baltimore Cedar Graphics, Hiawatha, Iowa CJK, Cincinnati Commercial Communications, Hartland, Wis. Courier Corp., N. Chelmsford, Mass. Dickinson Press, Grand Rapids, Mich. Dollco Printing, Ottawa Dome Printing, Sacramento, Calif. Edwards Brothers, Ann Arbor, Mich. EP

This Way to the Tar Pits
June 1, 2004

I am a former publisher of printed books: very small-scale. I remain a publisher/editor of a printed newsletter: also small-scale. I am shifting over to e-newsletters (reasonably profitable) and e-books (unprofitable, but a great hobby). I am also a writer: 40-plus books, thousands of articles. So, I come before you as a moderately successful wordsmith who writes for a living, but most of my income has come from publishing my own material. So, I know something about marketing, too. I'm not an expert in books printed on paper. I knew enough to get out of that business. Let me share with you some observations about selling

Handle With Care
June 1, 2004

Traditionally, bookbinding has been a relatively simple operation. But, as in many industries, competition has become fiercer than ever. For many book manufacturers, this competition launched a race to apply quality manufacturing methods and standards, such as Lean or Six Sigma, to the bookbinding operation in order to reduce waste and working capital, increase inventory turns, or improve productivity. Ironically, while great progress has been made in decreasing turnaround time from publishing to book delivery, several book manufacturers report increased numbers of rejections due to poor quality, despite advanced manufacturing techniques. And as every book manufacturer knows, a 'good' book is one that doesn't

Book Gift Bag for NYC Schools
June 1, 2004

The New York City Department of Education received 7,000 books as part of Books for School, a program created by seven book production suppliers to demonstrate the advantages of on-demand printing. The demonstration, which recently took place at the Javits Center in New York, showcased an on-demand system with the capacity to produce 20 to 250,000 books per run. At the front end of the system, Boise Paper Solutions, a division of Boise Cascade Corp., Boise, Idaho, supplied its Dakota digital book paper for the demonstration. The paper was fed into a CR1300 digital web press, manufactured by Delphax Technologies Inc., by an LS Series

BCI Begins U.S. Production of Graphic Board
June 1, 2004

A new U.S.-based mill producing graphic board (a type of cover board made with specific fibers) is up and running after several months of preparations. The Newark Group Inc., manufacturer of recycled paperboard, invested more than $100 million to fit a Fitchburgh, Mass., mill that it purchased last fall for producing graphic board for its Graphicboard Products BCI division. Company officials say the mill is the only producer of graphic board in the United States. The company invested in the mill so it could offer a full range of thicknesses of its NewEx brand of graphic board product at an annual