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Book Printing--Mixed Results, Mixed Future

December 1999
BY ERIK CAGLE


Imagine laying on the beach with a blanket, some sunblock, an umbrella—and the laptop computer cued to the latest book by your favorite author.

Too futuristic sounding to be taken seriously? That future may not be as far away as you think.

Most people still would not want to get sand in their keyboard, or curl up in bed or next to a fireplace with a good PC, which indicates that the health of the printed book is not in immediate danger.

"As long as we have the three "Bs"—the bedroom, bathroom and the beach—the traditional book will remain," laughs Jerry Allee, president of Quebecor World Book Services, based in Greenwich, CT. "People are more apt to use a regular book in that context rather than an electronic reader."













Top 10 Book Printers
 CompanySegment
Sales
(millions)
Total Sales
(millions)
1R.R. Donnelley & Sons
Chicago
$800.00$5,000.00
2Quebecor World*
Montreal
$739.00$6,160.00
3Jostens Inc. Minneapolis$655.00$771.00
4Von Hoffmann Corp.
Owensville, MO
$400.00$400.00
5Banta Corp.
Menasha, WI
$294.00$1,340.00
6Bertelsmann Arvato
 

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