Book Printing Outlook : Riding the Higher Ed Wave
RRD continues to hold up its end with significant investments in its equipment and technology platform. On the digital side, Donnelley acquired Austin, TX-based LibreDigital, a provider of digital content distribution, e-reading software, content conversion, data analytics and business intelligence services to book publishers and e-reading device providers.
On the digital front, Donnelley rocked the inkjet world with the announcement of its 60˝ ProteusJet press to be installed at its Harrisonburg, VA, facility, with more capacity slated to go online in 2012 (the technology will be expanded to include an integrated softcover binding line and piezoelectric inkjet heads). And, from the content creation and distribution side, RRD unveiled its CustomPoint Solutions Group this past fall, which provides enhanced content creation, management and delivery designed to increase customer revenues and compress costs.
As for what 2012 holds, Lane sees the trade segment growing, led by e-books, best sellers and movie tie-ins. The fortunes of el-hi will ride on state funding, while higher ed may see some erosion from e-books, but should remain stable overall.
“In a world where printed and e-books will coexist, we believe that our broad capabilities reach across the breadth of the supply chain, to deliver solutions that enable the fast, efficient creation, management and distribution of content in a variety of media,” he says. PI