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Making Metadata Do More: Building Batches in Digital Printing
May 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Prior to working together at Ricoh, Lisa Oakleaf and Erik Fritz had worked together in printing. “We both come from the production side of the print business,” Oakleaf says. Erik Fritz had worked in technical implementation of new software, looking for challenges in the printing processes and “trying to alleviate the pain points,” as Oakleaf…

How Big Printers Are Changing to Stay Competitive
May 6, 2016

As sales of print books stabilize, book manufacturers are seeking to grow their revenue by offering warehousing and distribution, as well as editorial and other publishing services.

Press Release: Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Printondemand-worldwide Form Partnership
April 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

ASHLAND, Ohio — April 20, 2016 — Bookmasters, one of the largest providers of integrated book publishing services, and Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products, have entered into an international partnership with Printondemand-worldwide (PODW) to offer print on demand and distribution services to their publishers. Unveiled at…

The Print-on-Demand Revolution Opens New Doors for Authors & Publishers
April 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

One of the most fascinating aspects of new technologies is how they open doors for new business models. And this is very true in the evolving world of book publishing. The book publishing model has many challenges, most notably how the established system of author advances, large superstore preorders, and returns limits what will be…

Technical Director Jean-François Lyet on How Hachette Livre Is Capitalizing on Digital Printing
April 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

In March, I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive Symposium to learn about digital book printing and its evolving role within the book industry. The event gathered a number of book manufacturers and publishers in order to discuss the latest innovations in digital printing technology and how those innovations are reshaping the business. According to printing…

Wiley Head of Procurement Calls for Greater Education on Digital Printing Costs
March 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

On March 15th I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive’s Symposium to learn about digital book printing and its evolving role within the book industry . The event gathered the entire book supply chain, including book manufacturers and publishers, and shared some of the latest advancements in digital printing technology. The Symposium emphasized that these developments…

Penguin Random House VP of Paper Purchasing & Production Planning On the Future of the Book Supply Chain
March 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Last week I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive Symposium, which gathered book manufacturers, paper suppliers, and book publishers to discuss the future of digital book printing. Several sessions at the event emphasized how advances in digital printing technology are reshaping the book supply chain and driving greater revenue for both publishers and printers. Several book…

Paris Bookstore Replaces its Stock of Books with an Espresso Book Machine
March 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Bookstores like Third Place Books and Harvard Book Store have long used POD equipment such as the Espresso Book Machine to supplement their stock of print books, and now one French bookstore is taking that idea to extremes. The AP reports, and Les Echos confirms, that publisher Presses Universitaires de France has opened a new…

3 Independent Book Publishing Trends to Watch in 2016
March 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

On February 25th Book Business hosted a webinar titled “Trends for 2016: The Future of Books in the New Year,” which asked experts from the Book Industry Study Group, the Book Manufacturers Institute, and the Independent Book Publishers Association to share their perspectives on the industry and the major trends that will drive its future…

Where Digital Book Printing Is Headed in 5 Years
March 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

I attended Ricoh’s Publishing Executive Symposium this week in Boulder, Colorado, to learn how digital book printing is affecting all levels of the industry. Publishers, book manufacturers, and paper suppliers were in attendance, representing the complete supply chain of the book industry. The big takeaway was that digital book printing is growing and will continue…

The Bookstore of the Future Is Here Today
March 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

I have finally come across the bookstore concept for the future and it’s not coming from Amazon or Barnes & Noble with their cross-channel pipe dreams. It’s Shakespeare and Co., which opened under new ownership in November 2015 and currently operates one store in the Upper East Side of New York, with more planned for…

What Is the Quality & Cost of Digital Book Printing Today?
March 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Editor’s Note: The below video is excerpted from the webinar “Trends for 2016: The Future of Books in the New Year.” Although digital printing continues to gain traction in book publishing, with over 80 billion pages printed digitally within the industry in 2014, book publishers still have their doubts as to whether digital printing can…

Press Release: drupa 2016 to Highlight Opportunities in Digital Printing Across Industries
January 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

CHICAGO—January 22, 2016—As the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, a strong focus at drupa 2016 will be the advances in industrial printing, specifically packaging, glass, textile, ceramics, flooring, laminates, wood, wallcovering and decorative printing, as well as printed electronics. The event will take place from May 31-June 10, 2016, at the…

Audio: Can Publishers Adopt a Zero Inventory, Print-on-Demand Publishing Model?
December 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm

“Zero inventory” was the buzzword at the Digital Book Printing Conference hosted in New York City this October. Throughout the event, book manufacturers and publishers posed the following question: is the zero inventory model, in which manufacturers print and distribute all titles on an on demand basis, achievable for book publishers? The question sparked a…

Digital Book Printing Conference: Expectations for drupa Announcements
November 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm

What can book manufacturers and publishers expect from digital equipment manufacturers at drupa next year? Hear how a panel featuring Mike Herold of Ricoh, John Conley of Xerox, Francis McMahon of Canon Solutions America, Jeff Tabit of Eastman Kodak, and Marc Johnson of Hewlett-Packard answered that question at the 2015 Digital Book Printing Conference.

Video: Printing Equipment Manufacturers Discuss Digital Printing Technology of the Future
November 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

At last week’s Digital Book Printing Conference a panel of leading digital printing equipment manufacturers told a room full of publishers and printers what their companies are working on to continue to enhance digital printing technology for the industry. The panel included representatives from Ricoh, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. Watch the video below to…

5 Takeaways from the Digital Book Printing Conference
November 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Last week Book Business hosted the Digital Book Printing Conference with its sister publication Printing Impressions. The goal of the event, which brought together over 150 book publishers, manufacturers, and equipment suppliers, was to explore how publishers can take advantage of digital printing to reduce inventory and distribution costs and quickly deliver books to consumers.…

Best Sound Bites from the Digital Book Printing Conference 2015
October 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

While there have been major advancements in digital printing and inkjet technology, there are still some barriers to widespread adoption among publishers. The most notable is perhaps book publishers’ fear of using the zero-inventory model that complements a short-run, digital printing strategy. Publishers don’t want to lose control over distribution and fear lost revenue from…

Survey: How Will Digital Book Printing Evolve?
October 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm

There’s no denying that digital book printing has left its mark on the book publishing industry. The inexpensive, short-run printing process has allowed publishers to revive backlist and out-of-print book sales. It’s created a viable way for small and independent publishers to publish print books. And it’s made a huge impact on warehousing costs, reducing…

Video: How Publishers Can Provide Title Diversity Despite Low Overall Print Volume
October 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

The book industry is being pushed in two different directions, said Marco Boer in a keynote discussing the future of print books. On the one hand, consumers are calling for greater title selection and higher quality books from publishers, he explained. But on the other hand, overall print volume continues to drop, pressuring publishers and…