The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) has announced that it is launching a new event focused on helping production staff of book publishers learn more about the latest in printed book manufacturing. The event, Book Manufacturing Mastered, will be held February 10–11, 2020, at the New York City Marriott East Side.
Book Manufacturing Mastered will cover key topic areas, such as pre-press, workflow, finishing, offset and digital processes, paper, distribution, and logistics. The conference is geared toward those new to book printing as well as experienced professionals looking to learn the latest developments and trends in book manufacturing.
Matt Baehr, Executive Director of BMI, said, “Book manufacturing may be a centuries-old endeavor, but new innovations are constantly being tested and implemented in the industry. As the trade association dedicated to the production of the physical book, it is our duty to help keep the publishing industry informed of the latest and greatest, so that they may continue to create timeless works that will be enjoyed by all.”
Working with BMI, Book Manufacturing Mastered is being produced in partnership with a number of book publishing trade associations, including: the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).
BMI President Jim Fetherston said, “As manufacturers, we are constantly communicating with our publishing partners on specific projects, but this new event gives the manufacturing community a chance to speak to all the various pieces of the puzzle when printing a book. Having all the partners that we do for this event shows both the collaborative nature of the industry, as well agreement about the need for continuing education on the production side of things.”
To kick things off, on Monday February 10 BISG will offer a two-hour, co-located program, “Innovations in Print-on-Demand Technology”, as part of the overall conference programming. It will be followed by a BMI session on how publishers can find the right fit in choosing their print partners. Publishers will have a chance to meet various printers and industry partners. Programming on Tuesday February 11th will include sessions on various topics about building efficiencies into the lifecycle of printed books.
A call for speakers will be made in the near future. In addition, there are several sponsorship opportunities for Book Manufacturing Mastered for those looking for additional involvement.