In the meantime, Durst Phototechnik AG is banking on its Jota Inkjet "photo realistic" system scheduled to be sales-ready at the next PMA show in Las Vegas , next March.
At photokina , we only saw a non-working prototype, but we got the idea. It reminded this reporter of a mini-digital offset press.
Jota is an 8-color inkjet system that incorporates album-design software, a built-in XY cutter, a book binding device and an extensive range of specially designed consumables. Back-to-back printing and the ability to have images cross pages without loss of sections in the images.
Choices are abundant. Digital labs, minilabs, specialty photo and even studios can compete with quick printers and small offset shops.
Look out, here comes Canon with its ImagePress to compete with Kodak's NexPress, Fuji/Xerox's iGEN3, and the HP Indigo. Canon's entry-level price is only $230,000 with an output of 70 ppm including auto duplex.
Whatever system one chooses, one thing is for certain, the photo-book business is continuing its spiral upward.