INTERQUEST’s New York Digital Book Printing Forum Draws Strong Attendance

The afternoon sessions included a leading vendor’s executive panel discussing topics and issues key to the growth of digital printing. Speakers for the panel were Scott Schiller, Hewlett-Packard; Kris Albee, Océ North America; George Promis, Ricoh Production Printing; and John Conley, Xerox Corp. David Davis, director at INTERQUEST, then provided more research findings and trends for books.

A session for workflow, finishing, inks, and paper provided an update on the challenges and developments relating to these book issues. Joint presentations were given by suppliers and their customers. Speakers included Katie Kriemelmeyer, president, AGS, a Consolidated Graphics, and Bruce Beiderman, national accounts manager, Standard Finishing Systems; Steve Franzino, vice president technology, Courier Corp., and Paul Bradshaw, senior vice president, Publishing Papers, Appleton Coated; and John Pecaric, senior vice president of operations, RR Donnelley, and Yuan Yu, new business development manager, Cabot Inkjet Colorants.

The final session of the day was a panel of publishers who shared their experiences with digital printing and discussed trends and perspectives of paper books and eBooks. Speakers included David Hetherington, vice president, Academic/Educational Merchandising and Digital Printing, Baker & Taylor; Keith True, management accountant, Bridge Publications; Laura Mars, vice president editorial, Grey House Publishing; and Richard Hollick, program manager, Print-on-demand, Oxford University Press.

The New York Digital Book event concluded with a cocktail reception hosted by Xerox, a leading supplier of digital printing solutions. At the reception, INTERQUEST presented awards in recognition of leadership and innovation for printers and publishers in digital book manufacturing. This was the inaugural year for the awards which were selected by a distinguished panel of industry editors and analysts. The awards were given to Ingram’s Lightning Source, Pearson, and John Wiley & Sons.

The Digital Book Printing Forum was sponsored by leading players in the book market, including Appleton Coated LLC, Bridgeport National Bindery, Cabot Inkjet Colorants, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, Océ/Canon, QuadGraphics, Standard Finishing Systems, Webcom, and Xerox. The event was supported by the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).

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