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Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a printing/publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group (BoSacks.com). He is also the co-founder of the research company Media-Ideas (Media-Ideas.net), and publisher and editor of a daily international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web. Sacks has held posts as director of manufacturing and distribution, senior sales manager (paper), chief of operations, pressman, circulator and almost every other job this industry has to offer.

There was a time, and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago, when no matter where your company was in the hierarchy of publishing, the most common denominator of magazine franchises was that we all published printed magazines. That is no longer the case. For 600 years we thoughtfully put ink on paper…

Many publishers throughout the history of the profession have shown that profit can supersede a moral barometer. That, of course, doesn't condemn everybody. But there are too many examples of profit above truth to deny that the accusations sometimes carry merit. Women's magazines in particular have for a hundred years or more, fed on the needs…

This week F+W Media announced a unique distribution partnership with URP Music Distributors. The vinyl record distributors will place F+W’s magazine Goldmine, a music title geared toward record collectors, in over 600 independent record stores. The initial distribution of the title will launch on April 22nd, also known as Record Store Day. The Goldmine distribution…

I have the privilege of attending about 16 publishing media conferences each year. The shows I go to run the gamut of media publishing enterprises. I attend meetings with editors (ASME), circulators (MBR), and production folk (PRIMEX). I meet with various groups of media professionals such as regional publishers (CRMA, IRMA), large publishers (MPA, IMAG),…

I am in Berlin, Germany attending one of my favorite publishing events, FIPP's Digital Innovators Summit which starts Monday, March 20th. It is a cross-planet collection of modernizers trying to make sense and profit from the still evolving phenomenon we once called publishing. If you ever get the chance I recommend it. As I sit…

Many of you have relied on my prescience about the future of media for decades. Today I want to discuss a couple technologies that will and will not be "Game Changing." Don’t Buy Into the Mobile Video Hype First up is mobile video. Mobile video is a thing but not THE big thing. Although it…

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