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Old 01-16-2020, 06:13 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by binaryhermit View Post
hypothetically speaking, what printing tech do the big boys in PoD use?
Inkjet sounds unlikely, but perhaps that's just because of how badly they overcharge for print cartridges on consumer-grade printers.
Like, the ink is more expensive per ounce than gold.
Industrial inkjets are a different creature. They use different inks, different nozzles, different feed systems. Comparing the practices of consumer inkjets to the industrial models is liie comparing a $300 3D printer making plastic tribkets to a million dollar laser sintering 3D printer making jet engine parts. Yes, they use the same core technology but they are very different in everything else.

As to what they're used for, in publishing they're used for very small print runs, often in POD for small runs to backfill inventories. A lot of magazines. Color image work in magazines in particular.

As a sign of how different the things are, check the TOC of this:

https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Handbook...-9783527338320

The inks in particular are very different than the simple dye inks in a consumer inkjet.
(BTW, consumer inkjet inks are intrinsically cheap: the high price of the inks is pure profit.)

Ignore the price of the ebook.
These kinds of books are purchased by factories and R&D centers, not normal people.

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