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Trade Books & Commercial Publishers

Smart solutions for a changing industry

Webcom is a strategic partner who understands your inventory model and customization needs, and offers in-house expertise and technology to help you navigate the changing trade publishing landscape, print great titles, and maximize sales. Digital inkjet book printing and book binding technology allows you to reduce excess inventory, and gives you the working capital you need to invest in new technology, bring on new talent, and acquire the next bestselling author.

When you partner with us, you get full consultative support from a team of dedicated Account Executives, Customer Care Specialists, and Project Managers, plus $30M worth of state-of-the-art digital inkjet technology for small runs, quick turnaround, and offset-level quality. We’re here to make your book – and your experience with us – outstanding.

Reduce inventory costs and boost profitability

  • Give new authors a voice

    Redeploy capital tied up in excess inventory and sign up new authors.
  • Quick time to market

    Fast turnaround and efficiency help you meet urgent market demands.
  • Complete flexibility

    Advance reader copies, front and backlist reprints, and short and long runs when you need them.
  • Offset-level quality

    High-grade digital inkjet book printing and bookbinding with versatility and lower overall cost.
  • Lower your Total Cost of Ownership

    Operating lean lets you redeploy your capital where it counts – acquiring that next big author, investing in new technology, or bringing new talent into your organization.
  • Fulfillment & distribution

    Get your books to market quickly and dependably with direct shipment to your customers.

Want to Talk?

Find out more about how our smart solutions can enhance your efficiency.

Our customers speak volumes

FAQs for trade publishers

Who are your customers in trade publishing?

We work with over 500 trade publishers of all sizes from large multinational publishers to independent publishers, who publish in a variety of genres and formats.  We take pride in offering full service, high quality digital inkjet and offset print solutions, as well as distribution and warehousing services.  We offer experience on inventory planning and help trade publishers increase efficiency by exploring cost saving strategies.

What technology do you use?
  • HP Indigo 10000 digital press provides high (2400 dpi) quality for covers and inserts
  • Two high-speed digital inkjet HP T300/HP T360 presses deliver cost efficiency for printing on a wide range of paper grades
  • Sigma short-run bookbinder effectively binds orders from one to hundreds
  • Bolero bookbinder sets new standards for cost-efficient binding and automated packaging of runs of 1000+
How reliable are you on timely delivery?

We have different production schedules to meet a variety of delivery expectations. Your dedicated Project Manager will keep you on track during the production cycle to ensure that your project is on time and on budget.

How do you manage quality control of books produced?

Our production managers ensures that the team leaders, lead operators and the support crew understand the requirement of the job. Checkpoints include, set up, make ready and sampling through the run in each phase of the production cycle – printing, coating and bindery. A final sign off is obtained to confirm requirements are met prior to acceptance into the next phase.

Digital book blocks are confirmed for first and last page integrity prior to ingestion into the bindery equipment. To allow for traditional book block compilation of signatures, bar codes and human readable signature sequence numbers are printed at the spine.   These allow for additional confirmation of pocket placement by the optical recognition system within the equipment, which will automatically discard a book block if all components are not read correctly or in sequence. Sampling is conducted throughout the run, to confirm final output quality.

What are my cover and paper options?

For covers, choose from a large selection of UV coatings and laminates, including our newest offerings, raised UV and glitter, all available from our in-house coating facility. You also have the option of adding visual punches and tactile appeal with foil stamping, embossing or cover flaps that help pull readers to your titles.

What kind of tax rebates can I get?

Ontario-owned publishers may qualify for the Ontario tax credit on a portion of their production costs. Talk to us to find out more.