Category: Book Technologies

Softcover and hardcover books and photobooks, seminars

Are Your Press Conveyors and Mailroom Prepared for 2019—and Beyond?

Another year is quickly coming to a close, and as operating budgets are being reviewed and finalized, it’s a good time to assess whether your press conveyance and mailroom equipment is prepared to protect your investment in “ink on paper.” I’m pleased to say that a number of newspapers did…

Another year is quickly coming to a close, and as operating budgets are being reviewed and finalized, it’s a good time to assess whether your press conveyance and mailroom equipment is prepared to protect your investment in “ink on paper.” I’m pleased to say that a number of newspapers did…

Thinking of Entering the Textbook Market? These Guidelines Are Followed By All Major Players.

Nearly twenty years ago, three U.S. organizations—National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA), Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI)—created the Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (MSST).   MSST’s purpose was to establish physical standards of quality for elementary and high school (i.e., El-Hi) textbooks which…

Nearly twenty years ago, three U.S. organizations—National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA), Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI)—created the Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (MSST).   MSST’s purpose was to establish physical standards of quality for elementary and high school (i.e., El-Hi) textbooks which…

When It Comes to Offering the Most Advanced Finishing Technology, There’s a Clear Choice.

Recently, my client, Friesens Corporation, was kind enough to provide feedback about a recent installation of our Diamant MC Casing-In System which replaced an older casing inline system. Friesens manufactures yearbooks, coffee table books, and general interest titles and has been in business since 1907.   What was particularly gratifying…

Recently, my client, Friesens Corporation, was kind enough to provide feedback about a recent installation of our Diamant MC Casing-In System which replaced an older casing inline system. Friesens manufactures yearbooks, coffee table books, and general interest titles and has been in business since 1907.   What was particularly gratifying…

Partnering with Muller Martini. From Start to Finish.

During the last year and a half, I have been working with a Los Angeles based customer whose company has taken on a major operational transformation—switching from conventional print and finishing to digital manufacturing. The process entailed extensive due diligence which included evaluating digital presses and finishing equipment designed for…

During the last year and a half, I have been working with a Los Angeles based customer whose company has taken on a major operational transformation—switching from conventional print and finishing to digital manufacturing. The process entailed extensive due diligence which included evaluating digital presses and finishing equipment designed for…

Why Should You Choose OEM Parts?

Automobile manufacturers often warn their customers about the problems of purchasing replacement parts that aren’t sanctioned by the equipment’s manufacturer. And, when it comes to high-value finishing equipment, the same caution applies. Here’s why.   Aftermarket parts are generically designed so they can fit many types of machines. And the…

Automobile manufacturers often warn their customers about the problems of purchasing replacement parts that aren’t sanctioned by the equipment’s manufacturer. And, when it comes to high-value finishing equipment, the same caution applies. Here’s why.   Aftermarket parts are generically designed so they can fit many types of machines. And the…

Tradeshows ARE Important!

Numerous benefits are still easily obtained by attending quality printing shows. I think we all agree that our industry has changed dramatically. In the last eight to ten years, there have been numerous technological advancements in printing and finishing, particularly with regard to digital and modern offset printing, and the…

Numerous benefits are still easily obtained by attending quality printing shows. I think we all agree that our industry has changed dramatically. In the last eight to ten years, there have been numerous technological advancements in printing and finishing, particularly with regard to digital and modern offset printing, and the…

THE BOOK MARKET RETURNS!!!!

The North American book market is currently in full swing and healthy recovery following several years of marked uncertainty.  The impending “death of the traditional book” was widely reported in trade publications and business journals as the introduction of digital tablets and related devices rapidly took off.  Today, however, we…

The North American book market is currently in full swing and healthy recovery following several years of marked uncertainty.  The impending “death of the traditional book” was widely reported in trade publications and business journals as the introduction of digital tablets and related devices rapidly took off.  Today, however, we…

Profiting with photobooks.

Because of a photobook’s one-off nature, production success can only be achieved through a highly-efficient workflow, one that’s typically barcode-driven. That’s why the high volume, branded internet-based retailers utilize automated production systems. This allows them to achieve the efficiency that’s needed to profitably produce an exceptionally high volume of one-off…

Because of a photobook’s one-off nature, production success can only be achieved through a highly-efficient workflow, one that’s typically barcode-driven. That’s why the high volume, branded internet-based retailers utilize automated production systems. This allows them to achieve the efficiency that’s needed to profitably produce an exceptionally high volume of one-off…

What does the future hold for Mid-Sized Book Manufacturers?

The US book business continues to struggle in these challenging economic times.  Margins are under increasing pressure, competition is increasingly global, and consequently there is a strong reluctance to reinvest in the business – who knows what will happen over the coming year?  While these concerns are certainly justified, the…

The US book business continues to struggle in these challenging economic times.  Margins are under increasing pressure, competition is increasingly global, and consequently there is a strong reluctance to reinvest in the business – who knows what will happen over the coming year?  While these concerns are certainly justified, the…