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 will also benefit from attending this course.

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 a publisher’s costing
  • The binding process for short run and POD books
  • How books are distributed, i.e. to a warehouse or direct to customer
  • Other opportunities that the technology makes available, e.g. custom publishing, personalised editions, test runs, etc.
  • What are the environmental impacts and benefits when printing digitally

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers

Martin Collyer, CPI Group UK and Heather O’Connell, Consultant. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Feedback for this Course

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Date & Frequency of this Course

This course is currently not scheduled. For the latest updates, contact us or join the BIC Training Course mailing list. 

Course Location

CPI Group UK, Melksham.

Course Length

This is a full day course.

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.


BIC Members £340 + VAT
Friends of BIC £400 + VAT
Non Members £465 + 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.


Register your interest in attending this course here.  Please note that BIC will not schedule a further date for this course until we have a full list of delegates. Once enough delegates have been identified, BIC will endeavour to run the course within 6-8 weeks.
For further information, please see the ‘Frequency of this Course’ section, above.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact us. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

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