With digital printing services, it is possible to print as many copies as are needed. POD is a subset of the same, where if need be a single copy of a book is printed whenever needed.
Offset is the technology where the books are printed in higher volume and the papers are inserted in sheets while printing 4/8/16/32 pages at one time via a plate, while in web printing the same is for very high volume to be printed in a very short time – the machines are far larger and the paper is fed in rolls.
Digital printing technology does not require the creation of printing plates. It has a very short turnaround period and a relatively low cost of printing per book. This method is generally used for short print runs and personalized printing.
Print run: Less than 1000 copies.
Offset printing service is a traditional method of printing that involves the creation of printing plates. Offset printing services offer you economies of scale. Though digital printing services technology has substantially reduced the costs of printing per book for short print runs, when print runs are larger than 1000, offset printing services works out to be more economical.
Print run: More than 1000 copies.
Offset Web Printing is generally used for very large print runs. The printers used in these processes are huge and run at a speed of 3000 ft per minute or faster. Print run: More than 5000 impressions