HP launches Piazza print-to-order book manufacturing services

HP has created independent and interlocking cloud-based services that enable publishers to make book manufacturing and distribution more time-efficient and more cost-efficient. Now, publishers can build a “virtual warehouse” for the management, automation, distribution, print and direct fulfillment of book orders, while holding zero inventory. “Piazza is the only all-in-one view and control centre for publishers,” said HP. “Bridging the worlds of book publishing and digital book printing, the Piazza platform focuses on the needs of publishers in a world where short-run digital production is an everyday reality.” With Piazza, said HP, publishers can control, monetize and secure their valuable content, while growing their revenues. Designed to connect seamlessly via PrintOS SiteFlow, this end-to-end workflow enables accurate, transparent SLA management, quick time to market and reduced waste. The technology is optimized for the world’s most advanced, industry-leading digital print solutions – including HP PageWide Web Presses and HP Indigo Presses. The technology can:

  • Keep book titles in print and always available with a virtual warehouse of print-ready content
  • Manage, customize, automate, connect and order digitally-printed books from anywhere in the world
  • Leverage a worldwide, scalable, automated and distributed digital print network
  • Fight counterfeiting by leveraging HP Link Track & Trace technology


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.