The State of Digital Book Printing
Extra: What trends have emerged in this area, per Interquest's new study?
Biscos: According to our latest study of book manufacturers/printers, which is going to be released at the end of this month, the key trends regarding digital printing include:
• an annual print-volume growth in excess of 20 percent per year over the next five years. We expect that, by 2015, about 15 percent of the total book print volume will be produced on digital equipment compared to about 5 percent now;
• the significant growth of color digital printing over the past five years. Color accounted for about 2 percent of the total digital print volume in 2005, and it now accounts for nearly 10 percent;
• the impact of e-books on paper-book volume is going to be relatively limited over the next five years. The professional and education sectors will be the most affected, but trade book[s] will suffer very little. Also, there will be synergies between paper books and e-books, not just competition; and
• inkjet technology is going to push the break-even point between conventional and digital printing towards runs of 3,000 and above.