Sunday, December 25, 2011

Even my library offers digital printing and job-submission from remote locations

I spend part of each weekday (sometimes weekend days as well) at the main public library in St Petersburg, FL. (Don't laugh too hard; my "office" at the library is free, it's quiet, it's comfortable, it has high-speed Internet service, coffee! and no one hovers over me.)

A couple of days ago, I noticed a small poster, in the library lobby, pointing patrons to the library’s digital printing services.

Here’s an “ad” from the library’s web-site; “how to” submit a digital-print job:

DON’T EXPECT bindery/finishing services!

$.15 per print for 8 ½ x 11 black & white prints seems a bit “up there”, price-wise.

But, at $.35 per print for 8 ½ x 11 color prints, that price seems to be extremely competitive, if not cheap.

Reprographers, perhaps you should consider making a deal with your local library system? Offer to place small-format multifunction copier/printers at library locations, kind of like an FM deal? Think outside the box. Offer print-job-submission not just to the library, but to your production center as well (where finishing/bindery services can be provided).

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