Webcom to launch its BookOnDemand service

webcombookondemand2-inToronto-based Webcom, a leading provider of turnkey book printing solutions for global and independent book publishers, has announced plans to launch Webcom BookOnDemand, a new print-on-demand solution. The service should be available to publishers in Q3 of 2016. The book printer was selected as HP’s original collaborator on the worldwide launch of the HP OneBook solution. This technology collaboration leveraged Webcom’s knowledge of book publishers’ pain points and its digital inkjet production expertise from one book to thousands.

Eric Weisner.
Eric Weisner.

“In a time when the value of printed books in classrooms is questioned and overall book sales are declining, 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,” said Eric Wiesner, Vice President and General Manager, PageWide Web Press Division, HP. “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.”

Webcom BookOnDemand integrates seamlessly with HP PageWide web presses and HP Indigo digital presses, delivering fast turnarounds due to no-touch production workflows. The new solution allows publishers to send their files from multiple channels. The files are then automatically routed through the OneBook systems for high-quality inkjet printing in flexible formats of either four-colour or one-colour books. Finished books are delivered directly to the end customer’s location(s).

Mike Collinge.
Mike Collinge.

“Publishers need to keep their fingers on the pulse of their inventory, reduce costs and streamline their supply chain models,” said Mike Collinge, Webcom’s President and CEO. “With our BookOnDemand systems, we’re 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. “

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-run and ultra-short run orders while significantly reducing production cycle time,” added Michael Corbett, Webcom’s Director of Operations.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.