INTERQUEST Readying Second Digital Book Printing Forum at Frankfort Book Fair

INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, announced its second Frankfurt Digital Book Printing Forum. The event will be held Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.

According to Gilles Biscos, President of INTERQUEST, "Digital book printing is booming, with annual growth rates of 20% to 30% both in North America and Europe. This growth is fueled by a continuous decline in run length, publishers' efforts to improve their supply chains, the eBook explosion bringing to the market thousands of titles which before would never have been published; as well as by the tremendous progress in digital printing technology in terms of quality, finishing/binding, and cost."

"Developments in book digital printing are incredibly fast and substantial. This event will help the industry professionals to keep up with recent studies and adapt their strategy," stated Holger Volland, Vice President Media Industries Frankfurt Book Fair.

The Digital Book Printing Forum is designed around recent INTERQUEST research into digital book manufacturing. Leading German and international book printers and publishers, suppliers, influencers, and other major players of the book supply chain will share their experiences, present their latest developments, discuss key topics and challenges, and provide their visions of the future. It will provide an update on the synergy/competition between printed books and eBooks, the growth and developments in color digital printing, the move towards distribute-and-print, the issues related to finishing and substrates, as well as the impact of inkjet presses on the market.

"drupa—the major global event for graphics arts, communications, and printing professionals, which only takes place every four years in Dusseldorf—is just behind us. The forum will provide a great opportunity to analyze the impact of major announcements and launches that took place there on the market", added Biscos.

The Frankfurt Digital Book Printing Forum is sponsored by the leading players in the market, including Kodak, Muller Martini, Océ/Canon, Ricoh, Screen, and Xerox.

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