#9/11: Book on demand at drupa 2004 versus ´PDF in Book Out´ at drupa 2016

Geranium 9Book on Demand was the central theme at drupa 2004. With promises of superfast delivery times and monetisation of content by unlimited reprints manufacturers of digital print systems scored many orders. A phletora of print technologies was used to help publishers get rid of their cellars full of unsellable books. Inkjet. liquid toners, and toner print technology were able to print on various paper types, against lower costs and higher speeds. Hand in hand with these print developments went the software developments to manage the book on demand systems. Networking, another trend at drupa 2004, made sure that the first application of web2print saw the light and workflow systems form order to despatch of books could be automated. The results of these developments can be seen at drupa 2016 where Muller Martini´s ´PDF in Book Out´ shows how far we have come with Book on Demand. Read more on the long road to this amazing solution in #9 of our serie Drupa Behind the Geraniums.


Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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