Publishing

Book printing holds a little share of the big activities at Mail Order Solutions (MOS) India Pvt Ltd. But the recent adoption of RICOH IP 5000 has triggered this Mumbai-based commercial printing conglomerate to make their book production more at ease. Mehul A Desai, founder & chairman of MOS tells All About Book Publishing what they foresee ahead. In the current roster of clients whom Rs 120 crore MOS has been serving are just a few but renowned book publishers from India and overseas. “Since our client base has extensively been covering the domestic, European and North American markets, we have been associated with some of the reputed international book publishers,” mentions Mehul. “A renowned French publisher of non-fiction books has been in contact with us since a long time. We still express desire to continue relationship with them as a printer of their internationally acclaimed books at our facility.” On an average, MOS prints a couple of book titles every month with print run ranging from 7,500 to 15,000 copies.

On selection of RICOH

Mehul A Desai (R) with Anjana Saha, national business & marketing manager, Ricoh IndiaIP 5000, Mehul states that MOS has very stringent turnaround times, “Right from the hour we get the art/digital files from our clients it is required to make sure that final outputs are ready on the stipulated times. So, our first consideration was the need of a machine that could reduce turnaround times. Secondly, we were in search for a machine with a perfect combination of speed and volume that we impeccably found both the features in RICOH IP 5000,” remarks Mehul. Volume that RICOH IP 5000 could cater is a major concern for MOS while dealing hundreds of thousands of direct marketing personalised communications. “In each case, there are jobs of bar coding and others to be incorporated and RICOH IP 5000 is the right machine for that,” he mentions.

“We always prefer to use RICOH IP 5000 for our book printing task. However, depending on the schedules or how much works have been loaded on the IP machine, a little help from offset machines always make a good sense when we concern turnaround times and cumbersome volume of work for a particular job,” says Mehul. With recommendations from RICOH on selection of post-press equipments, MOS has equipped with Hunkeler winder and www.ludchat.fr slitter, which is capable to slit at a very high speed and make stacks (book blocks) in pre-arranged sequences.

‘Pricing’ plays a pivotal role in the current book printing market of India. Agreeing to this fact, Mehul observes that paperback books at prices as low as Rs 75 to Rs 95, which were of Rs 200 to Rs 250 earlier, are now floating up to lend new boost to the market. Behind such aggressive progression in the book printing market is the rapid advent of sophisticated machines like RICOH IP 5000. “India is one of the largest printers of educational books, I believe that the industry is doing well now and it will sustain for a long time and we are looking ahead in grabbing this opportunity in bigger dimensions,” he asserts.

RICOH IP 5000MOS also finds RICOH IP 5000 perfect for variable data printing as this inkjet machine delivers faster turnaround times and multiple features are being integrated on it. “Earlier what we did with offset machines for variable data printing was setting the process separately. Today RICOH IP 5000 has bridged all such lengthy process and this machine can integrate both colour and variable parts on one platform,” explains Mehul. He further mentions that in order to support the RICOH IP 5000, they have set up a complete production line, so that the released rolls can be loaded on the slitter for slitting and stacking, which in turn are stacked as sheets and loaded into CMC machines for folding and online pharmacy propecia viagra only for you ready packaging. Though future expansion plan for branches in other parts of country is not in the schedule, MOS is always in continuous pursuit for new machines and technologies to magnify their production volume and versatility.



–says Sir Mark Tully, a British writer, author, former bureau chief of BBC, journalist and an expert on India. Sir William Mark Tully, popularly known as Mark Tully was a household name in most of India for his quality commentaries about happenings in India for many years….way back in 1970s. Former bureau chief of BBC, New Delhi, he held the position for 20 years. Tully was awarded the Padmashree in 1992 and in 2005 he received the Padma Bhushan. In a recent interview with him, Smita Dwivedi discovers his eternal love for India & Indian things; radio; his reasons for continuing living in India and why ink & paper books will always charm intellectuals. Tully was born in Tollygunge, British India in 1935 and spent early years of his childhood in India before leaving country for higher education at age of nine. And later when he joined the BBC in 1964, he again moved back to India in 1965 to work as the India correspondent. He covered all major incidents in South Asia during his tenure, ranging from Indo-Pakistan conflicts, Bhopal gas tragedy, Operation Blue Star (for the subsequent assassination of Indira Gandhi, anti-Sikh riots), assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to the demolition of Babri Masjid. Before resigning from BBC in July 1994, he presented an episode of BBCs Great Railway Journeys "Karachi to The Khyber Pass" traveling by train across Pakistan. Since 1994 he has been working as a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in New Delhi. He is currently the regular presenter of the weekly BBC Radio 4 programme Something Understood.

In companionship with books!

Mark TullyAccording to Tully, one must be an avid reader first, before being an author or writer. On asking about his journey with books he added, “Unlike most of the people of my fraternity, I started enjoying book lately. But, now I read quite a lot. I don’t use any devices to read book, I love hard copies. Now many people send me manuscripts to write foreword and I am very bad in saying NO. So, I have to read a lot of books. My keen interest in spirituality and religion keeps me busy reading and buying many books to read.”

Being an author!

Tully's first book on India Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle was published in the year 1985, it was co-authored with his colleague in BBC Delhi, Satish Jacob; his next book Raj to Rajiv: 40 Years of Indian Independence was co-authored with Zareer Masani, and was based on a BBC radio series of the same name. In the US, this book was published under the title India: Forty Years of Independence. Tully's only work of fiction was The Heart of India, which was published in 1995. He later wrote India's Unending Journey in 2008 and India: The Road Ahead in 2011, published in India under the title Non-Stop India. In the area of religion, Tully has authored An Investigation into The Lives of Jesus in 1996 to accompany the BBC series of the same name, and Mother in 1992 on Mother Teresa. And No Full Stops in India, one of Mark Tully's best-known books, was published in 1992. Sharing his experiences about being an author, for so many years now, he added, “I never wrote manuscripts in short hand…I prefer expanded form of writing. My first book was fully complied on old typewriter. And I have a privilege of exploring virgin lands of India. I experienced entire India, which helped a lot in bringing out my subsequent books. I travelled all over with my partner Gillian Wright.”

Telling Tales!

According to Tully, any thought, expression or knowledge when put in words is an inception of a new book, if taken seriously. “I have been making a programme for BBC Radio 4 called Something Understood. I make 30 such episodes a year, which are made in batches of six. I make three in India and the rest in the UK. It’s a discussion about matters, such as philosophy, poetry, religion, all sorts of things, but less in the rational field and more in the intuition field. So, I am writing something every day,” he added.

And sharing a story about his last published book titled Non-Stop India, he said, “A very talented editor came to see me and said she was interested in my programme and asked me why I didn’t write a book about the subjects I was covering on Something Understood. And that’s how it came about.”

Loving India…

Tully’s love for India and Indian is known world over. Most of his works are based on India. The books that he wrote on India share deep insight of a thoughtful man without being judgmental about customs, traditions, beliefs and ways of India and its people. On asking about the same he happily shared, “It’s my destiny to be in India and I have happily accepted it. I was born in India, in East Bengal, and spent nine to 10 years of my childhood here under the British Raj. I always felt peculiarly at home here. Almost all of My BBC career was spent here, so I do feel that it’s largely that I am meant to be here. And I have no plans to leave India as I am in love with the country.”

Message to all readers!

Being a veteran, Tully shared separate messages for publishers, authors and readers. To book publishing fraternity, he appealed, “I wish more of the books in the Indian languages were translated into English as there is some wonderful stuff. I feel that nowadays everybody is writing a book. It seems funny to me, I believe that one should never write a book, if there’s no reason to write it.”

And for readers, he added, “Buy more books and read more books as there is no substitute to good books. And charm of holding a book in hand and smell of ink and paper will always augment the process of book reading.”



–Pre-media service providers across the country are offering high-quality pre-media services to publishers across the globe. Varsha Verma shares more on this industry segment and trends within. Pre-media is the term that is used in the design, creative and publishing industries for the processes and procedures that occur between the conception of original artwork and the manufacturing of final output channel. It is a process that combines creative art and technology to communicate the final message to a consumer.

A lot of pre-media service providers in India have emerged due to good quality, timely delivery and of course low rates. These pre-media service providers offer and supply ready-to-publish files developed on industry-standard software, delivered on the platform of choice and ensuring that the client’s requirements are met.

These service providers also work on e-books, e-learning solutions, etc. On an average e-books are 30 percent of revenues from developed markets and are forecasted to be 10 percent of revenues in developing markets like India with the growth anticipated to be three-fold. There are early signs that e-books are going to make a big impact in the Indian sub-continent in the coming years. Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company and BookGanga have already ventured into e-book infrastructure space, selling e-books in India. Penguin India has also released e-books by Indian authors. Readers in India can purchase e-books from any of these retailers at international prices – Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Google, Gardners, Sony, OLF, Apabi, Go Spoken/Mobcast, OverDrive, eBooks.com, IGroup and Baker & Taylor.

By 2015, Asia will account for the second highest e-learning expenditures after North America which has till now shown a growth rate of around 10 percent in this segment. In India, the e-learning market is growing at a rate of almost 20 percent. Higher education e-learning is major market revenue generator in e-learning industry today. Right from playschools to universities, everybody is trying to compliment their traditional classroom training with some sort of e-learning courses as well. However not all schools and colleges are open to this technology yet. Some have opted for hybrid learning which includes use of AV and laptops in classrooms with some online learning.

This has opened up new avenues for publishers who, in turn, are utilising the services of such pre-media service providers, instead of investing on their own in this field. In fact, India is a hub for such pre-media services and almost every other such service provider is working for global companies.

What makes India a preferred destination? What is the total expanse of this business and what are the opportunities and challenges in this segment, finds out Varsha Verma.

Publishing industry today…

“Growth in digital media has revolutionised the world and of course the publishing industry. Authors looking for publishers now have the option of self publishing. The publishing industry is experiencing a paradigm shift. The recent statistics related to digital books sale and purchase, e-readers, tablets and e-book lending, etc. reveal that there is a boom in the e-books domain. The rise in the sale of e-books is having a dramatic effect on the sale of print books,” tells Nitasha Malhotra, e-sales and marketing manager, Realty Pre-Media Service Pvt Ltd, Pune. Headquartered in Pune, India, their core focus has been in pre-media services, e-books, design and digitisation services. Established in the year 1997, they currently have around 120+ employees.

Pros and cons of going digital….

“E-book sales do not involve any overhead cost to the publishers/authors as compared to the print books which involve cost of printing, binding, storing and distribution. Another added advantage is the possibility to add interactivity in the digital version of the books and make reading more engaging for the readers. E-books run over variety of devices – tablets, mobiles, e-readers, etc. Tablet devices (iPad, Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab) have played a vital role in interactive children e-books,” shared Nitasha.

Many publishers are struggling with adopting new processes that fit with their existing processes and deliverables. “Content is now available in many different formats, depending on publisher uptake of new technologies. Customers are confused about why they can’t get the content they want in all the ways they want it. The publishing industry is at an inflection point and most publishers seem to be looking to the market to make a strong direct statement about the direction they should take with their products and processes instead of taking the lead,” told Ameet Chauhaan- president and CEO, vPrompt eServices, who offer enhanced, interactive e-books in English and in almost all foreign languages, besides offering services like digitisation of content-XML based solutions, pre-press or composition services for books, journals, magazines, etc. with a staff strength of 350, they work on various platforms.

At the same time, the publishers/authors have to part with their revenue as commission to the aggregators like Apple, Amazon, etc. “These platforms not only provide them with a popular distribution channel but also provide technology that prevents unauthorised sharing, forwarding and copying of the e-book formats. Also there are some people who advocate that nothing can substitute for the look and feel and smell of a real book. And of course the digital books need a suitable device/platform for reading unlike the print book which can be read by anyone who knows the language,” said Nitasha as a matter of fact.

Publishers on e-books…

The publishers were initially reluctant as they were not sure of two things, whether e-books will sell? And whether the e-books will be secure and free from piracy? But now the situation has changed. “Publishers do not want to stay away from this revolution and reap the benefits of earning more revenue at low added cost. Also readers now are more interested in digital formats as the penetration of devices has increased considerably,” added Nitasha.

“There are major disparities in how publishers are dealing with recent technology changes. Many are experimenting with new models and deliverables on a limited basis, while others are adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach and not changing much at all. In the meantime, new companies are stepping in to fill the gap between existing publishing processes and outputs with products that are born-digital,” shared Ajay Srivastava, managing director, vPrompt eServices.

In 2013, somewhere between a fifth and a third of book publishing revenue in the US came from the sale of e-books. Till 2013, there was a growth in this number as more and more publishers were getting their backlist converted. But now this figure seems to be stagnated. Now publishers, authors, etc will not hesitate to continue experimenting with new kind of content.” The recent development in digital publishing is augmented reality for print books. By means of this technology, one can add an amazing experience to the print books,” told Nitasha.

E-learning: a growing segment

E-learning as an industry is in the midst of massive growth. “With the cost of implementing e-learning tools falling and increase in demand for such courses, more and more schools, colleges, universities have added online courses and distance learning to their programmes. e-learning has led to development of classes without boundaries and walls. The students are benefited as the cost of such programmes is considerably low. At the same time, the lecturers, presenters, etc are also compensated for their knowledge and skills due to large participation. Use of videos, audios, animations make learning fun and effective for the students,” shared Nitasha.

Publishers have also taken advantage of this new trend and are getting their education content adapted/developed to suit this trend. Due to the limited knowledge regarding the array of features and formats available in digital publishing, publishers need the services of some specialised digital solution providers and consultants.

Standing out from the crowd…

But the question is - how can publishers ensure that their books are discovered in the online environment where shelf space is infinite and titles huge? “A properly entered metadata helps in fruitful search of the book on popular search engines. Just converting to e-book and uploading it to stores online may not lead to its sales and popularity. One has to reach out the masses and the best way to do so is use internet to market your book(s). Use of social media marketing services in order to reach out to your target audiences helps to increase the presence and hence sales of the book. We, at Reality Pre-Media, help publishers to harness the benefits of various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and all others. We also offer SEO services to promote their website and hence their books. Use of appropriate keywords is highly recommended,” told Nitasha.

While, T Giriraj, sr. director strategic planning, vPrompt eServices, shared, “Creating a high quality digital archive is at the top of the list. Engage a high quality content services partner who has good experience in this area. Make sure that content components are done properly (full linking for references, images that scale to work on multiple devices, charts and tables in fixed layout format to preserve context, etc). Once you have a strong set of content, then decide on a sales and delivery model, and finally, license or build tools that make the content more findable and useful. Consider adding interactivity that creates additional value for digital content.”

Challenges faced…

The content services industry is very competitive, with numerous new companies coming into the space, increasing operational costs for suppliers and a continued reduction in profit margins as customers look for the very best pricing. “vPrompt is coping by specialising in high quality processes and deliverables and in focusing on customer service and communication that goes beyond expectations,” told Giriraj.

“Availability of free conversion tool and lack of awareness are the two key challenges that we face today. Many publishers believe that the freely available conversion tools should work equally for them and convert their books to e-book formats without any error. We have to educate the publishers about the shortcoming of such tools as they do not produce professional e-book formats and the styling of the book is often messed up. The e-books so produced are rejected by Apple and other platforms due to invalid characters. We, being one of the pioneers in this field, offer extremely professional service with three levels of quality assurance.

We not just offer conversion services but act as a digital consultants for our client offering them solutions pertaining to conversion, marketing and distribution,” told Nitasha.

Besides, there is a cut throat competition and a price war among the service providers and as everywhere the concept of ‘survival of the fittest’ hold true here also,” added Nitasha.

Business…

“Most of the business comes from international publishers though the domestic publishers have now started taking interest. Approximately 90 percent of our business comes from territories across the globe (excluding India) with major chunk coming from US and UK,” told Nitasha.

Similarly, Giriraj shared that their major clients are from US, UK, and Australia. “We have started doing work on Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages apart from other languages such as Persian, Urdu and Indian languages,” he added.

Looking ahead…

“Though the e-book market is still in its infancy stage in India and may have some teething problems also, like low e-reader adoption and penetration rate, low internet penetration rate and e-commerce transactions (11 percent), etc. The government has plans to have the internet penetration rate of 25 percent by the end of 2015. With a huge population, a literacy rate of 75 percent and growing and a steady growth of infrastructure, domestic market of India is definitely going to be a huge digital publishing market!” shared Nitasha.

Similar views were shared by Giriraj. “We also think that India is on the verge of digital revolution. With the availability of bandwidth, infrastructure, people are more inclined to using online e-content. This is not to say that the print publishing will go away but with the emergence of e-books, e-content, there is an increasing shift towards online content. Also the rapid growth of mobile smart phones and notebooks has really helped people to access data faster anytime, anywhere. The revolution is happening in every sector be it mobile, healthcare, education, retail, finance, logistics and travel. On content side, interactive e-books, mobile apps and knowledge based services are fast emerging and we at vPrompt are very much a part of this revolution,” concluded Giriraj.

“Publishing is a unique business that needs both skill and technology”

shares Vinay K Singh, executive director, Thomson Digital, a division of Thomson Press (India) Ltd, in a chat with ABP editors SK Khurana and Varsha Verma.

Vinay K SinghThe world is flat wrote Thomas L Friedman. It has never been as levelled and flatter for the publishing industry across the globe. Books can reach anywhere…threats and opportunities are everywhere. Publishing services is not an organised industry in India but the prevailing pessimistic views about the industry are irrelevant; the industry is growing but requires certain degree of healthy competitiveness, discipline and professionalism,” says Vinay K Singh, executive director, Thomson Digital. Thomson Digital is a full-service publishing solutions company with a global reach. With its expertise spanning end-to-end solutions in content development, content processing, e-learning, rich media and conversion services; it is a one-stop-service provider for publishers and professional institutions across the world. As part of India Today Group, a highly regarded media house in India, Thomson Digital carries a legacy of nearly five decades.

“Infact, India has 80 percent of the global pre-media business as a country, which may amount to $4 billion worth of business. But, there are rules in the game, suppliers are falling prey to their own greeds. In a race of growth and overnight success, they are potentially compromising on quality/service which could be a significant trick for its sustenance in future and that is a major deterrent to the industry. Publishing is a cyclical business and there are set number of customers, who allocate different shares to various solutions providing companies,” tells Vinay as a matter of fact.

Pondering on the challenges within the industry, Vinay also talked about the manpower issue, “The employees move from one company to another for instant gratification. In fact, it is difficult to estimate the actual worth of each employee as in an effort to attract talent from the industry, companies do not shy away from giving manifold higher salaries to the people coming from their counterparts. The cost of attrition and training also adds further. It is difficult to find employable talents even in big cities like Delhi and Chennai as the quality of affordable talents are hard to train and retain.”

“Then comes the infrastructure, electricity and the diesel prices, also adding direct costs. This is the reason why publishing houses are also moving from metro cities like Delhi/NCR to other cities like Trivandrum, Dehradun and other two-three tier cities, ” he adds.

New office in Gangtok…

“Very recently, we have also opened up a new facility in Gangtok, which employs 200 people. Since the weather in this place is wonderful and infrastructure and manpower cost does not go that high, we will be able to get good results,” shares Vinay.

Telling more about the new office in Gangtok, Vinay shares that the quality of people is good as their language skills are fine and above all lot of hands-on educated people are females, who make excellent employees in this field. “We have deputed 12 trainers and managers from our NSEZ unit from Noida,” he adds.

On Noida unit…

As a matter of fact, the NSEZ Noida unit of Thomson Digital now employs 1,200 people, working round-the-clock in three shifts on various products like books, journals and magazines. “For magazines, we do everything besides editing while for print and e-products, we provide 100 percent publishing solutions,” tells Vinay. They do a mix of all kinds of books – though less number of black-and-white books. The trade books are full of text, while the illustrated books are all-colour.

Technology is prime at Thomson Digital and they have employed 100 people in R&D and have recently come up with a ‘push-button’ technology which works on the principle 1P1P which means one person, one project. “With this, we are able to cut down our turnaround time from 6 days to 24 hours, besides having complete control over the project. This is a game changing technology and we had launched this last year during Frankfurt Book Fair,” tells Vinay.

On asking about their success mantra, Vinay replies that undoubtedly, the business is run for making money, but there is an element of passion that keeps the management on track and is shared by the employees as well. “Our company can boast of the single set of investors since the day it came into being, thus the passion, culture and objectives of the company have remained intact over the years. We have not believed in growing in numbers, but in the focus towards contribution we make,” he shares.

Looking ahead…

With the new Indian government in place, which seems to be very dynamic and result-oriented, Vinay is also hopeful that the new budget and other reforms would help the industry to grow.

“Publishing is a unique business that needs both skill and technology in equal proportion. The industry has been ever since the mankind existed and it will continue to flourish as there will always be a need for content, publishing and knowledge, but may be in multiple formats,” concludes Vinay optimistically.



The zeal for dissemination of knowledge to the student community and to the ever increasing number of learners resulted in the establishment of Nirali Prakashan 35 years ago. Catching the nerve of the student and academic community, Nirali Prakashan ventured into the realm of publishing and distributing content written by professors and other academicians. Nirali Prakashan’s philosophy of 'make a customer, not a sale; make a book, not money' has ensured that their presence in the publishing industry has grown from strength to strength. The love and acceptance showered by the student and academic community made Nirali Prakashan one of India’s oldest sources of authoritative academic content with more than 3,000 titles published till date.

Journey down the lane…

Nirali Prakashan was founded by Dinesh Furia, a trusted friend of many academicians in the University of Pune. Nirali Prakashan has changed the nature of the traditional academic book and is proud to say that their books are currently being read by lakhs of readers.

Nirali Prakashan has achieved excellence in designing and publishing textbooks also commonly defined as manuals of instruction or standard books in various branches of study which are produced according to the demand of educational institutions.

Authors…

The company specialises in quality text books from school to postgraduate levels. These books are written as per the syllabus of Indian universities, by eminent and experienced authors in their subjects. Most of the books are also prescribed as basic texts by several universities and thus, are widely used by the student community. The subjects covered are Management, Engineering, Pharmacy, Computer Science, Arts and Commerce, to name a few.

New markets, offerings and innovations…

Nirali Prakashan has very recently entered the competitive and reference book fields. The enthusiasm and passion to help students has translated into the production of CDs for Medical and Engineering entrance and other competitive examinations.

Advent into ebooks…

The publication is also proud of the fact that it is one of the few Indian publishers who have, keeping in mind the advent of modern technology in publishing, introduced its bestselling titles in the e-book format available on Amazon, Flipkart, Repro, Bookshelf, BookGanga, Attano.com and many others.

Mobile website…

After months of hard work and dedication, Nirali Prakashan officially launched their mobile website early this year. Their goal with this new website is to provide their visitors and customers an easier way to access the wide realm of books published by them. They have completely redesigned their layout for mobile users keeping in mind simplicity, ease of use, and a strong focus on content delivery. This new mobile website is interactive, gives better and instant access, is extremely user friendly and compatible with most operating systems and mobile technologies.

Distribution…

Apart from publishing, Nirali has developed a wide network of dealers and distributors to make their books readily available to a large section of student community, all over India. With its success in publishing for over 35 years, Nirali has now been able to extend its activities abroad.

Awards …

Nirali Prakashan is a recipient of two awards and one certificate of merit granted by the Federation of Indian Publishers for excellence in book production.



Ricoh India educates printers on the applications and futuristic approach of digital printers in three major cities across India. A report.

SK Khurana, editor, ABP taking part in traditional lamp lighting in New Delhi along with Amila Singhvi, Anjana Saha, Manoj Kumar and Avijit Mukherjee.Ricoh India recently organised continuous feed education event titled ‘Futuristic Trend: Print & Beyond’ in three different locations – Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. The three events were equally inspiring and informative for printers across these major cities. The format of the events was convincing, wherein the attendees were informed about the activities of Ricoh and its operations in India, how digital is complementing offset printing, its various applications, different models offered by Ricoh for varied application and case studies of different end-users joining the digital bandwagon.

Manoj Kumar, executive vice president and chief executive officer, Ricoh India informed the audience about Ricoh and its operations in India. Ricoh India Limited is a public limited company with 26.4 percent owned by Indian public and 73.6 percent by Ricoh Company, Limited, Japan. Founded in 1936, the Ricoh Group is headquartered in Tokyo. From printing & document solutions to IT services to communication systems, they have created offerings that address the ever-evolving and diverse needs of customers under a holistic umbrella. In India, Ricoh is a market leader in its key categories and enjoys immense customer confidence in the wide variety of products and solutions. In India, Ricoh operates through a robust network of 24 offices, and over 2,500 dealers and business associates spread across the country. “Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change., Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees,” he shared.

While Avijit Mukherjee, chief operating officer, Production Printing Business Group at Ricoh India Limited focused on the paradigm changes in printing industry. “Digital printing will not replace offset,” he said, “it will complement offset process.” He also highlighted a valid point that paper do not contaminate environment, e-waste contaminates it. Avijit also focused on the use of digital printing in book publishing industry wherein it can be used to physically print at different locations as and when required, thereby saving huge inventory and transportation costs. “Book publishing industry works on speculative inventory model, which is a challenge with new authors and this is where digital printing fits in perfectly,” he said.

Anjana Saha, national business and marketing manager, Ricoh India, highlighted the cutting-edge technology of Ricoh, especially the continuous feed inkjet printers. She informed that there has been a rise of 15 percent in colour digital pages in North America while in Western Europe, the growth has been 12 percent. “Almost 67.2 billion colour pages were printed by digital, of which 34 percent were printed by high speed continuous feed. Of these, 53 percent were transactional printing while books accounted for 18 percent,” she shared.

Anjana also focused on Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 GP models, which enable full-colour, monochrome and MICR printing on a wide range of paper stocks and at a variety of speeds. “Colourful graphics and personalised printing makes information easier to understand, which can help open new revenue opportunities in fast-changing markets,” she said.

While, Roger Burkhardt, sales support HAS, Hunkeler AG, Switzerland shared their range of finishing solutions comprises modules for unwinding and winding, cutting, punching and stacking, all of it rounded off by their web inspection system for continuous print and quality monitoring. He also invited attendees to the Hunkeler Innovationdays to be held for the 11th time at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility from February 23 to 26, 2015.

Subhasis Ganguly, vice president production & content management at Penguin Books India, discussed the future trends in publishing. He specifically highlighted a few real-life incidents when digital printing had helped them gain a cutting edge. For example, the title The Accidental Prime Minister, which was planned with a print run of 8,000 copies, sold 47,000 copies in 17 days, with six reprints and few copies were also printed digitally. Similarly, their book Unrealistic Elections sold 5,000 copies of which 250 were digitally printed. “Lot of money goes waste in stocking and later pulping the unused stocks, hence for books whose sales cannot be gauged beforehand, digital is the best option,” he said. He also mentioned about Print on Demand, vanity publishing and personalised children books, which are seeing good scope with digital printing.

While, a spokesperson from Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (India) Ltd (CESC) shared the success story of their company, wherein they have used digital printers to print variable data on the electric bills. This variable data has the best applications like advertisements targeted at specific strata, age and gender.

The Mumbai event was attended by end-users like Mail Order Solutions (I) Pvt Ltd, Kadam Digital, Seshasai and a delegation from Mumbai Mudrak Sangh, among many others. And Delhi event was attended by publishers and printers like Pratham Books, Sterling Publishers, International Print-o-Pac, Gopsons, Replika, Avantika, Directorate of Printing – Government of India and a group delegation from Delhi Printers’ Association, to name a few.

The Chennai event was also attended by many participants including Multivista Global, Scitech Publications, Seenu Prints, Rajams Digital Offset, Sharp Offset, Platinum Printer, SSE Print Points, AV Prints, Hi-Tech Offset, Maruthi Graphics and members of MPLA.



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