Book Manufacturers and Publishers Discuss the Future of Publishing at Ricoh's Second Annual "Next Chapter" Event

Book Manufacturers and Publishers Discuss the Future of Publishing at Ricoh's 
Second Annual "Next Chapter" Event 
Concurrently, Edwards Brothers Malloy Announces Ricoh InfoPrint 5000
Purchase; Digital Printer to Be Used for Book Printing, Short Runs 
BOULDER, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/12/13 --  During the Next Chapter
event hosted by Ricoh Americas Corporation (Ricoh), the future of the
printed book was discussed and debated, and preliminary results from
a major new study on the future of book publishing were revealed.
Concurrently, Edwards Brothers Malloy announced that they have
installed a new InfoPrint 5000 digital printer to be used for book
publishing and short print runs.  
Throughout the summit, thought leaders, disruptors and analysts
examined the evolution of the book industry and its most pressing
topics -- including trends in educational printing, independent
publishing, and the overarching evolution of the book industry. As
the industry faces unprecedented changes in how books are consumed,
the Next Chapter aimed to define the path forward for publishers and
book manufacturing through exploration of today's reading behaviors,
recent technology innovations, and current business models for book
publishers and printers.  
Keynote speaker Nicholas Carr, author of "The Shallows," kicked off
the event with an examination of how the internet is fundamentally
changing the way we think, and within that context, what the role of
the printed word might be in the future of our collective thought
processes.  
The event also included hallmark sessions discussing the latest
trends shaping the higher education and K-12 market; Judith Briles,
Author, Publishing Expert, & Founder of The Book Shepherd shared how
book manufacturers can benefit from independent authors and
publishers; and J. Kirby Best, Chairman of ColdLogic delivered a
captivating examination of what he would do differently as a book
manufacturer based on his current knowledge of the market. A panel of
publishing thought leaders, including executives from Pearson
Publishing and Penguin Books, engaged the audience with a lively
debate on how they're pushing for innovation in order to not only
survive, but thrive.  
Part of the summit included the disclosure of the key findings from a
new study commissioned by Ricoh regarding the future of printed
books. Marco Boer of IT Strategies and Dr. Phil Fernbach of the
University of Colorado-Boulder delivered preliminary results from
"The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book
Manufacturers and Printers." The full report will be announced on
November 19th.  
Also announced during the course of the event was the purchase of a
Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 digital printer by book manufacturer Edwards
Brothers Malloy. In a press release, Edwards noted that the company
has invested significantly in its digital manufacturing operation in
the last year. The moves are part of a multi-year plan to cement the
company's lead in short-run book and journal manufacturing, and
reflect the larger industry shift towards digital printing. Edwards
Brothers Malloy is the fifth-largest book and journal manufacturer in
the United States, with over $100 million in annual sales. 
"More than 500 years after the invention of the printing press, book
manufacturers and publishers are playing a pivotal role in the next
renaissance in books that is happening now," said George Promis, Vice
President, Continuous Forms Production Solutions & Technology
Alliances, Ricoh. "This gathering was a unique opportunity for an
open and productive dialogue about how various stakeholders in the
industry can take advantage of the latest trends as well as the
disruptions they're encountering." 
| About Ricoh | 
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging
equipment, production print solutions, document management systems
and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in
about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March
2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx.
20 billion USD). 
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions
and services that improve the interaction between people and
information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and
specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its
technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and
sustainability initiatives. 
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies
transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of
their employees. 
For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/  
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companies. 
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