Digital Dish: September 2019

By: Rick Williams

Sep 30, 2019

Each Digital Dish features a new nugget to chew on and fuel your digital cravings. This month's edition continues the discussion on book printing with high-speed inkjet presses. Thanks to digital printing, not only can you print without a publisher, but you also can print smaller quantities at first and reprint as demand grows. In fact, International Paper recently created its own original children's book, Apollo the Spacedog, and printed it using high-speed inkjet.



It's the passionate readers of the world who help the print industry grow and thrive, so International Paper and its Accent® Opaque brand are on a mission to support and strengthen the bonds between readers and the books they love. Apollo the Spacedog is an original children’s book created by IP in collaboration with illustrator Kyle Beckett. This adventure story brings the adventures of a spunky girl named Andi and her adopted shelter dog Apollo to life through the magic of augmented reality. Upon the publication of Apollo the Spacedog, International Paper worked with local schools and literacy partners to connect young readers with dogs that were up for adoption at the local Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. By reading aloud at the shelter, the kids were able to practice and gain confidence in their reading skills in a fun, low-stakes environment while also helping to socialize the dogs and make them more adoptable. 



Apollo the Spacedog wouldn't be successful without the support of our OEM partner, Canon Solutions America. International Paper collaborated with Canon® to print the text pages of the book using treated 80lb. Accent Opaque Text Super Smooth with ImageLok® Technology paper on the Océ ColorStream 6000 Series Color Inkjet Press with L2 Ink. The cover was printed on Canon's imagePRESS C10000 using untreated 100lb. Accent Opaque Cover Super Smooth. Accent's Super Smooth paper delivered exceptional color and clarity with the high-quality look of an offset printed book and the feel of a coated sheet. Request your copy and see for yourself!




Apollo the Spacedog continues to receive accolades in the printing industry, recently earning two awards for its innovation. Apollo won a Pewter award in the Digital Printing/Books category in the prestigiousGold Ink Awards print competition. This competition is open to all creators and producers of printed materials that encompass categories within commercial printing, magazine, books, catalogs, digital printing and packaging. And last month during the 5th annual thINK inkjet forum's Inkjet Innovation Awards ceremony, Apollo won the People's Choice award. This competition recognizes Canon customers who are pushing the boundaries with game-changing inkjet technology. This top honor of People's Choice is voted on by the attendees of the conference, including 75 presenters, more than 50 inkjet customers and 25 industry analysts and experts.



Under the umbrella of Accent On: Reading, International Paper has had the opportunity to promote literacy initiatives for both children and adults, to partner with other service oriented organizations and to produce its own books, which can then be used as application samples to demonstrate innovative print techniques and new storytelling technologies.