Steve Pratt

Book Business will present a free webinar, "On-Demand Publishing: The Bottom Line," July 30 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar, moderated by InfoTrends Group Director Barb Pellow, will help book printers and publishers understand when and how to maximize the use of digital printing for front and backlists and for developing new, profitable products. Speakers include John Lacagnina, president and CEO, ColorCentric Corp.; and Steve Pratt, director of technology, Integrated Book Technology.

Imagine this scenario: A pallet of books arrives at a distributor’s warehouse. It is scanned, allowing the system to keep track of the location of every book as the shipment is robotically de-palletized, stored and machine-prepared for shipment to retailers. Arriving at the point of sale, cartons are scanned at the door and all contents entered instantly into inventory, with special-order customers notified automatically that their book has arrived. Customers and employees can then discover with the click of a mouse exactly where a book is located in the store, and inventory, even at the largest bookstores, takes no more than 20 minutes.

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