For a lab or store with more volume, but not enough for a digital press, Fujifilm offers a solution incorporating a DocuColor 240 or DocuColor 250 digital printer. Products that can be produced on these printers include photobooks, cards, calendars, and such other unique items as posters, trading cards, and funpaks. The print speed is 50ppm for color at 2400x2400 dpi, on media up to 13x19 inches in size, with weight of up to 110 lb. cover/300 g/m. An optional finisher punches, folds, staples, and makes signature booklets.
Kodak launched a new photobook solution for retailers at PMA earlier this year. The service allows retailers to use their own equipment for photobook creation, or outsource the work. "This is a win-win for everyone. Our retail partners have the flexibility of using onsite equipment or leveraging our Qualex operations in the U.S. to produce a variety of custom photo merchandise," says John Culverhouse, worldwide marketing director, Retail Printing Solutions, Kodak's Consumer Digital Group.
The Kodak EASYSHARE Custom Creations Software is powered by RocketLife. The software lets consumers create photobooks, calendars, collages, and other products at home. They can either burn their project to CD and drop it off at their local retailer or upload to a participating retailer.
For the retailer choosing to produce the books in-house, silver halide or thermal prints would be bound using Powis Parker's PhotoPress, the recommended binding solution. Interested retailers should contact their Kodak representative.
The HP Photosmart Studio is another option for the retailer who is looking to produce photobooks of their customers' images; utilizing a laserprinter for output of pages. The HP system lets retailers offer two types of photobooks in a variety of sizes, including those with hard covers, and booklets that are saddle-stitched or stapled in the center.
The Photosmart Studio solution also enables retailers to output calendars, greeting cards, burn CDs of customers' images, and output posters and prints.