Webcom Inc. of Toronto, which provides manufacturing and data services for global and independent book publishers, plans to launch a new print-on-demand service called BookOnDemand by the third quarter of 2016. The company was selected as HP’s original collaborator on the worldwide launch of the HP OneBook solution.
Webcom explains the multi-phased technology collaboration of HP OneBook leveraged Webcom’s knowledge of book publishers’ pain points, digital inkjet production expertise and demonstrated its leadership in efficient book production from one book to thousands.
“HP customers, such as Webcom, are leveraging HP OneBook and the PrintOS platform to offer end-to-end publishing solutions to efficiently deliver customized books, journals, magazines, and catalogues to publishers and end users on demand in the exact quantities needed,” said Eric Wiesner, VP and GM of HP’s PageWide Web Press division. Wiesner continued to explain print providers and book manufacturers need to add greater efficiency and value to publishers through production flexibility, increased automation and customized on-demand book production.
Webcom BookOnDemand is designed to integrate with HP PageWide web presses and HP Indigo presses in a highly automated production workflow. BookOnDemand allows publishers to send their files from multiple channels, which are automatically routed through the OneBook systems for inkjet printing in formats of either 4- or 1-colour books. Finished books are then delivered directly to end-customer locations.
“Publishers need to keep their fingers on the pulse of their inventory, reduce costs and streamline their supply chain models. With our BookOnDemand systems we are able to offer a world-class print-on-demand platform that will address publishers’ needs for strategic cost-saving initiatives, including order management cost reduction, a wider range of on demand book products and ability to scale in peak publishing seasons using high speed inkjet production,” said Mike Collinge, President and CEO, Webcom.
BookOnDemand extends Webcom’s suite of services including BookFWD, customized workflow integration and inventory management programs based on the Total Cost of Ownership model. “BookOnDemand provides publishers with a streamlined and cost-effective solution for short- and ultra-short-run orders while significantly reducing production cycle time,” said Michael Corbett, Webcom’s Director of Operations.
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