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INTERQUEST Digital Printing Forum

INTERQUEST Digital Printing Forums 

This month, 28 June 2016, sees the INTERQUEST Digital Printing Forum 2016 in London at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).  I had a great time at the conference last year and I’m looking forward to attending this year’s and feel very lucky to have received a guest invitation.


INTERQUEST Digital Printing Forum 2015

I’ve been meaning to write up some notes from last year (http://www.inter-quest.com/focused-forums/2015London/index.php) for ages. Here’s a few points I noted.

  • Augmented reality company Konica Minolta is working with Wikitube and other start-ups.
  • Printing inline that uses varnishing and foiling will be available soon.
  • UV ink improvements now need less drying time, and there have been improvements in litho stock to allow UV printing.
  • Tactile printing is on the way.
  • Differences in standards of paper used in offset and inject are reducing to help reduce production costs and improve environmental friendliness.
  • Only 1% of the worlds print output is currently digital (that’s in 2015).
  • Printers now print locally for their markets.
  • Printers using print-on-demand (POD) technology alongside print runs to give more flexibility and reduce print run sizes.
  • Auto-stock replenishment is on the increase.
  • Print-on-demand is reducing warehousing costs.
  • Distribution is still largely warehouse.
  • Increase in personalised books, largely in the children’s market(Great example was demonstrated by https://www.lostmy.name/).
  • Print run sizes for backlist books are getting smaller.
  • Increased use of colour in books.
  • There is a blurring of lines between offset and digital as the quality comes together.
  • Options for discovering books via social media are increasing, with different approaches working for different books.
  • Large independent publisher uses POD and has 1200 titles setup for POD.
  • Large publishers find sales ranges can start at just 1 or 2 copies per title per year.

There were some quite stunning demonstrations of what might be possible to aid disabled readers by a speaker from MIT.


INTERQUEST Digital Printing Forum 2016

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The conference this year is on 28 June 2016 at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London http://www.inter-quest.com/focused-forums/2016London/index.php

It is aimed at everyone from large publishers, printers and distributors to libraries and self-publishers.

It is including speakers from:

INTERQUEST, KBA Digital & Web Solutions, Ricoh, Printondemand-worldwide, Liber Digital, SAGE Publications, Canon Europe, omez Aparicio Graphic Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Brill, Hachette Livre, Zed Books, Kösel GmbH, Precision Printing, Marquis, Mybestseller, Oldcastle Books/No Exit Press.

The event will focus on four major areas:

  • International perspective: drawing from INTERQUEST recent landmark studies on the book market and digital printing in Europe and North America, the event will gather U.K. and international printers and publishers who will share their experiences and success stories in digital book manufacturing, discuss challenges, and express their visions of the future.
  • drupa 2016 developments and announcements: INTERQUEST analysts, leading vendors, and book printers/publishers will discuss the business/ technology developments that were unveiled in Dusseldorf in early June, and their impact on the book publishing industry.
  • Streamlining the supply chain: leading players (publishers, distributors, and printers) will provide an update on the progress of their initiatives in this area.
  • New opportunities generated by innovation and technology developments in the area of self-publishing, mobile publishing, POD/short run, inkjet and toner technology, colour printing, distribute-and-print, personalisation/customisation, finishing and paper, as well as synergy between print and eBooks–for both printers and publishers.
  • Smaller players’ perspective: medium/small publishers from various sectors will present their views of the market, their perspectives on the evolution of the supply chain and their uses of digital printing.

Topics analysed and discussed in the seminar will include:

  • Market trends and forecast
  • Printed books and eBooks
  • Supply chain evolution
  • Impact of self publishing
  • Move towards POD
  • Adoption of colour and personalisation
  • Distribute-and-print developments
  • New applications & opportunities
  • Status of inkjet presses
  • Drivers & barriers
  • Trends in workflow, finishing, inks, and paper
  • Publishers’ perspectives
  • Recent technology developments
  • Key players & solutions
  • Impact of drupa 2016