BMI organizes new Book Manufacturing Mastered event in advance of its Fall Conference

BMI, The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (Ormond Beach, Florida), in advance of its 2019 Annual Fall Conference, The Book Industry and Beyond, being held October 27 – 29, 2019 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Florida (, has launched a new event focused on helping production staff of book publishers learn more about the latest in printed book manufacturing. The event, Book Manufacturing Mastered, will be held February 10 – 11, 2020, at the New York City Marriott East Side, and will bring together publishers, manufacturers and other segments of the supply chain to help educate those involved in the printing of books.

Book Manufacturing Mastered will cover key topic areas such as pre-press, workflow, finishing, offset and digital processes, paper, distribution and logistics. The conference is geared toward those new to book printing as well as experienced professionals looking to learn the latest developments and trends in book manufacturing.

Matt Baehr.

“Book manufacturing may be a centuries-old endeavour, but new innovations are constantly being tested and implemented in the industry,” said Matt Baehr, Executive Director of BMI. “As the trade association dedicated to the production of the physical book, it’s our duty to help keep the publishing industry informed of the latest and greatest, so that they may continue to create timeless works that will be enjoyed by all.” Working with BMI, Book Manufacturing Mastered is being produced in partnership with a number of book publishing trade associations including the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

Jim Fetherston.

BMI President Jim Fetherston added: “As manufacturers, we are constantly communicating with our publishing partners on specific projects, but this new event will give the manufacturing community a chance to speak to all the various pieces of the puzzle when printing a book. Having all the partners that we do, for this event, shows both the collaborative nature of the industry, as well agreement about the need for continuing education on the production side of things.”

To kick things off, on Monday, February 10, BISG will offer a two-hour, co-located program, Innovations in Print-on-Demand Technology, as part of the overall conference programming. It’ll be followed by a BMI session on how publishers can find the right fit in choosing their print partners. Publishers will have a chance to meet various printers and industry partners. Programming on Tuesday February 11 will include sessions on various topics about building efficiencies into the lifecycle of printed books. A call for additional speakers will be made in the near future. In addition, there are several sponsorship opportunities for Book Manufacturing Mastered for those looking for additional involvement. For more information please visit


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.