From time to time, Bruce Watermann, our senior vice president of print operations, chimes in with a post about all things print. Read on for his latest (and smile because there’s some very good news in there for bookmaking Blurbarians like yourself!).
Last year I did a blog post at my print/ready site on the permanence of the inks on HP Indigo presses that Blurb uses exclusively for our book pages. We also published a post about it on the Blurberati blog.
This was big news because up to that point no one had really done the work to find out how HP’s Electroinks compared with its photographic competition from the likes of Kodak and Fuji. Henry Wilhelm, co-founder, president, and director of research at the renowned Wilhelm Imaging Research found that Indigo printing permanence exceeded that of the standard, Fuji Crystal Archive, and more than twice as long as Kodak photo paper. Using Kromekote paper, which is often used for color testing, Wilhelm rated Indigo printing at 45 years.
Recently, Wilhelm updated his findings with additional tests. One of the papers tested was identical to the new Pearl Photo from our ProLine book customization options. While the rating was not quite as good as Kromekote, it still scored a stellar 31 years when displayed under glass. But, as we know, the images in books are not likely to be displayed under glass on the wall. Given that, the “album/dark storage” rating is really a better gauge of how your books will last. And that rating was more than 200 years!
If you want to geek out and see the full report, you can download it here.