The Shocking Tale of BookLocker v. Amazon

Bangor, Maine based BookLocker has won a suit against Amazon.com which claimed Amazon violated anti-trust law. The complaint was that Amazon used intimidation and other mafia-like tactics to shut down a publisher’s ability to use their own printer by attempting to force these publishers to use Amazon’s own POD printing business, BookSurge (now called CreateSpace).

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Let’s say you are an independent publisher, a niche publisher or a small digital printing company. Continue Reading →

What Do You Mean by “On Demand”?

Not everyone agrees on the definition of “on-demand”. They’re all right, AND they’re all wrong, too.

How many ways can you make change for a dollar?

The phrase “on demand” is pretty self explanatory. Software makers use it, video services use it. Even “print on demand” has been pretty much lumped into the book publishing domain.

Digital printers and marketing service providers have taken “print on demand” a step further to include things like web to print, short run reprints of marketing collateral (maybe digital, maybe not), pick and pack fulfillment, and there are others lurking in the shadows. All of these processes are different in a lot of ways. (BTW, there are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. And probably more ways to define “on demand”). Continue Reading →

The Future of Prepress I : Where is the customer? | Prepress Pilgrim

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Harvesting wheat, not customers

Great post by DJ Dunkerly at Prepress Pilgrim. I’m looking forward to the next part.

Two things come to mind for me here. First, its not a gigantic leap, skillwise, for a good prepress operator to take other tasks like IT. Successful prepress operators are very data oriented, as opposed to object oriented or idea oriented. This skillset is the same for those in IT. I’m not saying that we are data oriented to the exclusion of the other two, but good prepress people are strong in that skill area.

Second, we are now using the internet and networking in general to accomplish day to day tasks anyway; things like file transfer, proofing, and basic communication think email. In web to print and digital printing (my own gig) almost the entire process exists on remote servers accessed over the net. Harvesting customers using AdWords seems like just another extension of the already heavily “internet focused” effort that prepress work finds its home.

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I wish I’d thought of it

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Check out this genius idea: When I first saw it, I didn’t know what to say. I’d love to see the results, and I’d love to see a scientific study of this.

From the printer’s perspective: Digital printing is now approaching offset quality in a lot of ways. Book printing is especially suited to digital, and digital truly democratizes that process, as this demonstration proves. Without LuLu, or Lightning Source, or any of the other quality shops (Vistaprint and its ilk are not designed to do high end design work), you’d still be paying megabucks just to get  job set up, and you are left with the question of where to store the 5,000 copies you didn’t sell.

{Thanks again to Zemanta for bringing this up in the related articles tool. Brilliant as usual!}

jeff@jefflazerus.com

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