Publishers and Book Manufacturers Embrace Ricoh’s ’Next Chapter’ in Publishing Technology

BOULDER—Mar 27, 2012—Ricoh Production Print Solutions LLC (Ricoh), a leading provider of digital output solutions, today announced that its Next Chapter event proved successful in bringing together publishers, book manufacturers, industry analysts and commercial printers to discuss the future of the book publishing industry. Topics included the impact of tablets to the traditional book market, digital printing and its impact on traditional books, ways to avoid the commoditization of the printed book market, the growing popularity of ultra short-run books, workflow solutions optimized for book printing and much more.

With dozens of participants from North America, the Next Chapter was poised as an open event for discussion, debate and education on the future of the book printing market. Held earlier this month at Ricoh’s Boulder facility, the meeting aimed to bridge the gap between publishers and book manufacturers by addressing the issues faced throughout the industry in today’s complicated publishing environment.

The event included expert roundtable sessions, survey results from a leading analyst firm and a discussion of best practices. Keynotes were delivered from industry evangelists including Marco Boer from IT Strategies who discussed how the increased demand of digital print-on-demand book production has impacted the market, and Jim Lichtenberg of Lightspeed, LLC who provided insight on how to not just survive these changes, but how to embrace them and capitalize on them.

Delving into real-world examples from cutting-edge innovations in the book manufacturing space from BR Printers and Frederic Printing, speakers educated attendees on the possibilities digital print can bring to their businesses.

Feedback from attendees included:

• “This event crystallized and reaffirmed my growing relationship with Ricoh. It wasn’t about selling me something. It was about moving us ahead (as an industry)—getting us together to set strategy and direction.” – Executive from a nationwide manufacturer of hard and soft cover books

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