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BIC's Digital Printing for Books Training Course

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

BIC's Digital Printing for Books Training Course

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BIC Members   more info Ended £190.00 £10.94 £40.19
Friends of BIC   more info Ended £230.00 £13.14 £48.63
Non-Members   more info Ended £270.00 £15.34 £57.07

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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.

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. 

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BIC's Digital Printing for Books Course 


Purpose of the Course
Knowing which print method to use can be critical to the profitability and success of a book and publisher. By looking at the different digital print technologies and workflows available, this course provides delegates with an understanding of the pros and cons of each and shows them how using different print methods can help them manage their inventory.


Benefits of Attending
This course will provide delegates with the knowledge and confidence to pick the right printing method for a project and the skills to identify and solve problems that they might encounter. 

Delegates will spend time in CPI’s pressroom and bindery, seeing first-hand how books are produced on digital presses and how the different workflows work in practice.

As the factory can be noisy and to ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 6.


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. Those new to digital printing and those who would like an update on the changing technology and production methods available would also benefit from attending.


Course Outline
This course has a practical emphasis, ensuring all theoretical elements are accompanied by a practical application. The topics covered include:

  • 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 different workflows can be used to increase the profitability of a project
  • 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.


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 of print and publishing clients and industry initiatives.

Matin Collyer

Martin Collyer

General Manager at CPI Antony Rowe

CPI Books UK

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 2018
Thursday 31st May 2018.
This course will run once in 2018.


Bespoke and In-House Training
BIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the book industry. We are able to provide both bespoke courses and in-house training to suit your requirements. This courses is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking:


Course Location
CPI Group UK, Melksham.


Course Length
This is a full day course.


BIC Members £190 + VAT
Friends of BIC £230 + VAT
Non Members £270 + 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 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:
If you are travelling by train we will arrange collection for you at Melksham station. If travelling from London, we recommend you catch the 7:45am train from London Paddington to Melksham.

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.


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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 Printing for Books Training Course? Contact Book Industry Communication

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CPI Antony Rowe
Pegasus Way
Bowerhill Industrial Estate
SN12 6TR Melksham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 31 May 2018 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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