Books & Magazines
Books

Background

According to the Book Manufacturers Institute, The State of the Book Industry 2021:

  • 29 .4% of commercial printers expect the book market to grow over the next one to two
  • years, while only 19 .1% expect a decline . About half (51 .5%) expect it to hold steady .
  • Compared to the same time period in 2020, first quarter unit sales of printed books grew by 29 .2% .
  • From 2019 to 2020, unit sales of print books rose by 8 .2%—the largest increase since 2010 .
  • Total U .S . publisher sales grew by 0 .1% in 2020, but if the hardest-hit sectors—
  • K–12 instruction materials and higher education course materials—are removed, then sales grew by 8 .9% .
  • The industry continues to head in the direction of self-publishers, independent publishers and print-on-demand .

This translates in more opportunity for digital printing and for customized, personalized, self-published books. Shorter runs can mean shorter lead-times and the rising popularity of color content drive the need for digital printing.   It allows for JIT production, versioning and quick language adaptations. Furthermore, digital printing with Xeikon offers:

  • High print quality with fine line and text detail
  • Ability to market to many smaller publishers/authors
  • Add embellishments to covers

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What is the value of digital printing?

Digital printing makes book production profitable and flexible. Print-on-demand reduces to the smallest and still
cost-effective run and therefore helps to eliminate the need for warehousing as well as cutting logistics and fulfillment costs.
Increasing number of titles and electronic alternatives the need for short to medium runs with or without personalization does the
rest. Furthermore digital printing with Xeikon offers:

  • offset quality for high coverage images
  • capable to print non-standard and high value formats including music books, art books, real estate magazines, retail
  • magazines and high-end  coffee table books
  • suitable for a variety of high quality papers
  • excellent deinkability to support and ensure optimized recycling process
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