Established in 2003, 4edges’ co-founder David Button realised that book production requirements were changing; publishers were demanding less in terms of quantity and more in terms of services. Keeping their titles in print became a challenge and therefore more reliance on technology was needed to ensure efficiencies whilst maintaining high quality expectations.
When 4edge was established we quickly adopted new and revolutionary digital book printing technology to become pioneers within what was then an antiquated industry dominated by offset litho. We were the first UK digital book printer to install a perfect binding system designed specifically for short run and print on demand books – meaning we could set-up in thirty seconds, rather than thirty minutes.
4edge are market leaders in high quality digital short run printing of paperback and hardback books and journals in mono and colour. Our focus is on offering excellent production values and service, but at competitive rates. We also offer eBook conversion and distribution services and trade book binding.
In addition, while we offer a high quality product we are also flexible and can usually match your preferred specifications in terms of paper and cover stocks, and choice of binding – whether it be perfect, PUR or sewn. Based in Hockley, Essex, we work with publishers of all sizes across the UK.
Today, this technology is still in a state of flux as new and emerging technologies are in development. 4edge are still very much at the forefront of these developments.
David, also now the Chairman of the BPIF (British Print Industry Federation) Book Production Section, makes sure that we maintain our ‘edge’.
4edge specialises in producing high quality digital book printing for all kinds of books and journals for a wide range of customers, from the very largest global publishers through to small publishers, self-publishers and first-time authors.
We are small enough to care, but big enough to cope. We provide an extremely flexible and affordable service, with fast turnaround times, to cater for every customer requirement ensuring that we meet our delivery promises first time, every time.
Using the world’s fastest and most productive digital book printing and binding systems, we aim to exceed – not just meet – customer expectations. Our guarantee of service and quality is backed up by our commitment to invest but we do not invest in technology for technology’s sake. We believe that inkjet technology has yet to prove itself within our market, however rest assured, once it does – 4edge will be adopters.
We also have associations with printers globally who all use the same cutting-edge technology to fulfil orders worldwide.
We hold a wide range of stock papers including:
We are happy to supply bound proofs as part of an order.