One of our printers, Exeter-based Short Run Press, explains here how the printing industry has changed to meet the demands of customers.
How has the industry changed since we began producing books for Channel View Publications? The first things that spring to mind are technology and the environment.
The printing industry has undergone a revolution in technological advances over the past years. Rather than being a threat to book printing we have been perfectly suited to take advantage of technology. The internet and mobile communications have allowed for speed of communication and document delivery. Digital printing technology enables us to offer the option to print a book which may traditionally have been rejected as uneconomic and we now can keep a book in print through a minimal reprint. The whole process from manuscript to bound book has now been condensed in both time and procedures involved to allow a far more reactive and fluid publishing industry.
We at Short Run Press want to ensure that alongside technology, skills and craft are kept within our industry. For example we combine the latest workflow processes with the skill of sewing a book block prior to binding. We firmly believe that books reflect on both the printer and the publisher and should be considered a valuable and quality product by the reader.
Environmental issues have been at the forefront of our agenda and over the years Short Run Press have been implementing many changes. From recycling our waste to sourcing goods from local suppliers we try to make as little environmental impact as possible. We use J&G Environmental, the industry specialist, to process waste we produce, our digital press is Carbon Neutral, our printing plates are made without using chemicals and the inks we print with are vegetable based. As an FSC and PEFC accredited business we ensure that all paper purchased has direct traceability back to the forest it was harvested. All the paper used to produce Channel View Publications books has been from sustainable sources, of which for every tree logged for the paper industry three are planted.
Taking a step back to consider what has changed since we began working with Channel View Publications we realise an awful lot has changed, though the one constant is that we have been continually evolving to meet their needs.