Chang, Sara Xue Ying - A Case Study of Print on Demand and Short-Run Digital Printing at the University of British Columbia...

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This project report has been submitted to the Library for purposes of graduation, but needs to be audited for technical details related to publication in order to be approved for inclusion in the Library collection.
Term: 
Summer 2017
Degree: 
M.Pub.
Degree type: 
Project Report
Department: 
Publishing Program
Faculty: 
Communication, Art & Technology
Senior supervisor: 
John Maxwell
Thesis title: 
A Case Study of Print on Demand and Short-Run Digital Printing at the University of British Columbia Press
Given Names: 
Sara Xue Ying
Surname: 
Chang
Abstract: 
The advent of digital print technology has irreversibly affected the publishing industry, causing many, if not all, publishers to review and restructure their methods of production and distribution. Scholarly publishing, a niche sector, has been similarly impacted and, in response, the University of British Columbia Press, a world-renowned publisher in the field, has adopted two management strategies – print on demand (POD) and short-run digital printing – to optimize its workflow and output. This report documents UBC Press’s objectives regarding both POD and short-run digital printing models and reviews the advantages and challenges posed by each. Based on this review, the report then speculates upon the future of digital scholarly publishing for UBC Press.
Keywords: 
digital technology; print on demand; scholarly publishing; short-run digital printing; UBC Press; university presses
Total pages: 
49