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Is Digital Printing the Key to a More Nimble Industry?
September 23, 2015

Though ebook consumption and self-publishing have eaten into traditional book sales, publishers still rely heavily on profits from printed volumes. And new technology is enabling publishers to bring these books to market more efficiently and more profitably. In fact, the publishing industry's sustainability just might hinge on such nimble approaches to business...

How to Choose the Right Digital Book Printing Partner
September 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

I had the pleasure of attending a fantastic webinar last week on the subject of choosing a vendor for digital book printing. Titled “Best Practices in Choosing Your Digital Book Printing Partner,” the webinar featured Jeremy Hess, director of sales and marketing at Gasch Printing, and Manrico Caglioni, president of Book Automation, in conversation with…

Early Bird Special Expires Today for Digital Book Printing Conference
September 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm

“The Digital Book Printing Conference is really the only event of its kind in the industry and the only location where the book market’s leading publishers, manufacturers and suppliers will convene to take on the challenges and opportunities presented with today’s digital book printing technology.” – Mark Michelson, Editor-in-Chief, Printing Impressions magazine The Digital Book…

Big Ideas Make Book Publishing Go Round
September 15, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Book Business is in the ideas game. Everyday we scour the internet and our inboxes, comb through conference notes, and transcribe interviews with leaders in the book industry. We take all this information and try to extract the most important ideas, distributing them in articles, webinars, events, and videos. The Book Business “Big Ideas Issue”…

How Savvy Publishers Benefit from Digital Book Printing
September 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

A Book Is a Terrible Thing to Waste It’s no secret the cost of printing books is driven up by inaccurate forecasting and inefficient manufacturing processes—often leading to stockpiles of books in warehouses and landfills. According to the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC), in a 2006 benchmark, nearly 25% of all books were being returned.…

The Book Business Top 20 Book Manufacturers 2015
September 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

Last year Book Business revived our ranking of the Top 20 Book Manufacturers. The ranking is a resource intended to help publishers get a more complete view of the major players in the book printing and manufacturing business. And so we’re proud to announce the Top 20 Book Manufacturers ranking for 2015...

Winners Announced for the 2015 Gold Ink Awards Printing Contest
August 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm

PHILADELPHIA—August 14, 2015—Printing Impressions has announced the winners of the 2015 Gold Ink Awards. This year’s Gold Ink Award winners were chosen from more than 1,000 entries submitted within 50 categories, including: Books Magazines Commercial Printing Packaging Direct Mail Catalogs Calendars Posters Scientific & Technical Journals And many more! Click here to view the complete…

Why RR Donnelley Is Splitting Into 3 Companies
August 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm

After hearing the U.S.’s largest printing company talk for years about the synergies among its various divisions and acquisitions, securities analysts were dumbfounded last week when the company announced it would split into three. “So I thought part of the reason that the conglomerate made sense was that you could share a lot in terms…

Take Note: The Paper Industry Is Planning a Big Comeback
August 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Remember paper? Memos to sign. Maps to fold. Letters to write. Calendars to flip. Wistful paper executives remember. They’ve watched e-mail, annotatable PDFs, digital calendars and paperless billing diminish more than a third of the copy- and writing-paper business in recent years, spurring mill closures and eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs. But now paper…

Press Release: RR Donnelley Announces Intent to Create Three Independent Publicly Traded Companies
August 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm

CHICAGO, Aug. 04, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RR Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) today announced that it intends to create three independent, publicly traded companies: one business focused on financial communications and data services; one business focused on publishing and retail-centric print services; and one business focused on customized multichannel communications management. Thomas J. Quinlan…

Amazon, Beware: How Print-It-Yourself Technology Could Save Publishing
March 27, 2015

This was without a doubt one of the main attractions of this week's 35th annual Paris Book Fair. Two renowned publishers in France, La Martinière and Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), have publicly introduced two machines that readers can use to print their own copy of a book in real time.

The Espresso Book Machine, presented by PUF, is an American technology that's been around for 10 years. And at La Martinière's stand, Orséry co-founder and chairman Christian Vié offers his "solution for printing books in bookstores,"

RR Donnelley CEO Thomas Quinlan on the Future of Printing
March 16, 2015

Last week Book Business's sister publication Printing Impressions launched its PI Xchange Live video series, featuring live interviews with top printing executives. The inaugural interviewee was RR Donnelley president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III. Quinlan sat down with Printing Impressions editorial director Mark Michelson to discuss RRD's organic growth strategy, how to best integrate diverse corporate cultures following an acquisition, and his outlook regarding the future and evolution of the printing industry.

Why Books Are Sharks: Neil Gaiman Salutes Douglas Adams
March 6, 2015

The Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture is held every year to raise funds for Adams' favorite causes, Save the Rhino and the Environmental Investigation Agency. Hopefully I don't have to tell you who Adams wasand what he wrote. But you may not know about one of his lesser works, and in my opinion, one of the best popular science books ever written, Last Chance to See. If you haven't yet read it, you'll learn much about endangered species and find your heart being broken even as you laugh out loud.

A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback
March 4, 2015

CURIOUS strollers in early-16th-century Venice might have paused by the shop of the great printer Aldus Manutius only to be scared off by a stern warning posted over the door. "Whoever you are, Aldus asks you again and again what it is you want from him," it read. "State your business briefly, and then immediately go away." To state the current business at hand briefly, Aldus is the subject of a new exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of his death - and the birth of reading as we know it.

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better
February 27, 2015

Don't lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What's more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future: