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BIC's Digital Book Production Explained Training Course

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

BIC's Digital Book Production Explained Training Course

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BIC Members
BIC members only. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
31 May 2017 £185.00 £10.67 £39.13
Friends of BIC
For BIC Non-Members, who are members of any of the following organisations: ALPSP, BA, BookMachine, CILIP, EDItEUR, IPR Licensing, NAG, PA, PLS. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
31 May 2017 £225.00 £12.87 £47.57
IPG members are eligible for a 20% discount on the BIC Non-Member ticket price - email for further information. Please note: travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
31 May 2017 £265.00 £15.07 £56.01

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Created by the book industry, for the book industry

For an empowered, informed supply chain

Established in 1991, BIC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation without commercial objective or emphasis. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the UK book industry to produce quality training courses that are created and delivered by expert, highly respected trainers on a wide range of supply chain topics. Being a not-for-profit organisation, BIC is able to offer all of its training at highly competitive rates. If there is a topic that you would like us to provide training on, that we do not provide at present, get in touch; we also welcome enquires about the provision of bespoke in-house courses.




BIC's Digital Book Production Explained Course 

With print methods changing fast, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and best production opportunities. This course looks at the different digital print technologies available and their applications, giving you a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of each and helping you to select the right method for your projects in the future.

This course focuses on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time in the press-room and bindery, seeing first-hand how books are produced on digital presses.

All BIC Production courses are designed in conjunction with a panel of Production Directors from leading publishing houses to ensure that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

As the factory can be very noisy, we limit the number of attendees for this course to 6 to ensure that you get the most out of the day.

This course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.


Course Outline
This course has a practical bias, ensuring that all theoretical elements are accompanied by a practical application. It will cover the following subject areas:

  • What is POD / Short Run printing?
  • The POD process from consumer order to delivery
  • How the different digital print technologies work
  • How to select the right digital print method for your book
  • How the costs for digital printing are calculated
  • How to prepare a file for digital printing
  • Which papers are suitable for digital book production
  • How the lack of / minimal make-ready affects the publishers costing
  • The binding process for Short Run and POD books
  • How the books are distributed, i.e. whether to a warehouse or direct to customer
  • The other opportunities that the technology makes available, e.g. custom publishing, personalised editions, test runs, etc.

Read the full course outline here.


Course Level
This course is aimed at those who are responsible for the production of digitally printed books, whether they are Short Run or Print on Demand (POD), colour or mono. It is aimed at those new to digital print and those who would like an update on the new technology and production methods available.


The Trainers

  • Heather O'Connell

    Heather O'Connell


Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing. Specialising in book production, she has held various positions including Production Director for Penguin UK and HarperCollins Publishers. She now runs a consultancy, using her passion for and knowledge of the industry to support a broad range Print and Publishing clients and industry initiatives.


  • Martin Collyer

    Martin Collyer

    CPI Books UK

    General Manager at CPI, Antony Rowe

Martin has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK book and journal industry. He specialises in colour reprographics and digital operations, workflows and inventory management solutions. Martin is currently the divisional General Manager of CPI Antony Rowe, and oversees the operations of both the Wiltshire and Eastbourne plants.



Feedback for this Course
What component of the training was most effective for you? “Information on the technical side of inkjet printing, what’s in the machine and how it works, and the pros and cons of the various print options.” - Anon.

“It was an extremely informative course and it was helpful to have the flexibility to ask questions.” - Anon.

What component of the training was most effective for you? The balance between presentations and discussion.” - Roger Christiansen, Ricoh Europe



Date & Frequency of this Course in 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017.
This course will run once in 2017.


Course Location
CPI Group UK, Chippenham. 


Course Length
This is a full day course.


BIC Members £185 + VAT
Friends of BIC £225 + VAT
Non Members £265 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.
Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.


On the Day 
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.


Dress Code 
Please be aware that delegates will spend time in the factory at CPI, so we ask that you should please dress appropriately, i.e. no open-toe shoes / sandals. 


WiFi Access
A password will be provided on the day to delegates.


Travel Information
Rail station:
Chippenham |

If you are travelling by train we will arrange collection for you at Chippenham Station. We recommend you catch the 8.30am train from London Paddington to Chippenham. 

London City Airport – 110 miles, ca 140 min by car
Heathrow – 100miles, ca 80 min by car
Luton – 120 miles, ca 120 min by car
Stansted – 140 miles, ca 135 min by car
Gatwick – 125 miles, ca 120 min by car

Car parks:
Should you choose to drive to this course, there is ample parking on the CPI site.

Alternative car parks are as follows:
Spanbourn Avenue
Borough Parade
Chippenham Station CP1 Car Park



Did you know that the following organisation’s industry bursaries can be spent on our training courses? Further information can be found at the following addresses:

Creative Skillset

Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) 



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Course Cancellations

Please note: as we price our training courses so keenly, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy:

Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:
Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.

Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.

Do you have questions about BIC's Digital Book Production Explained Training Course? Contact Book Industry Communication

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Antony Rowe
Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate
SN14 6LH Chippenham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 15 June 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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