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Digital Printing Introductions for Book Printing Projects
Origin:Image Printing  Data: 4/10/2011  Keywords: Digital Printing Introductions

High-speed digital printing in book printing field has begun to challenge litho printing, particularly for very short runs. Digital printers do not use printing plates; instead they create the impression on the paper with an ink jet or by using toner and electrostatic charge (like in a photocopier). A number of single copy orders can be printed one after the other without the disruption of having to set up the press each time and the computer lines up the next titles. The quality of digital printing has been variable, but is now perfectly acceptable for most monochrome books and much colour work.

The choice of litho or digital printing comes down to economics. In comparison, the cost per unit of operating a digital printing device is always the same regardless of the run length. For runs above 3,000 there are definite cost advantages of litho printing, whereas for runs below 1,000 digital printing makes economic sense. For runs in between, other factors may come into play such as the quality or format required. Digital printing facilitates the viability of printing a book with a very short run, but also genuine print on demand where just one copy is ordered by a customer.

The main difference between digital book printing and traditional book printing such as lithography, flexography, gravure, or letterpress is that no printing plates are used, resulting in a quicker and less expensive turn around time. The most popular methods include inkjet or laser printers that deposit pigment or toner onto a wide variety of substrates including paper, photo paper, canvas, glass, metal, marble and others. Consumer and professional book printers such as inkjet or laser printers use the most common examples of digital book printing. Professional book printing companies now use those practices to go green by using better quality ink and better laser etching to get a more crisp picture that is displayed through digital book printing. In many of the processes the ink or toner does not permeate the substrate, as does conventional ink, but forms a thin layer on the surface and may in some systems be additionally adhered to the substrate by using a fuser fluid with heat process (toner) or UV curing process (ink).

Digital book printing refers to methods of book printing from a digital based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large format or high volume laser or inkjet printers. Digital book printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional offset printing methods but this price is usually offset by the cost saving in avoiding all the technical steps in between needed to make printing plates. It also allows for on demand printing, short turn around, and even a modification of the image with each impression. The savings in labor and ever increasing capability of digital presses means digital book printing is reaching a point where it will match or supersede offset printing technology's ability to produce larger print runs at a low price.

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