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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.

Once again the largest players in the magazine media industry gathered for the annual plumage display. Everybody was excited to be there, including me. I annually and happily re-meet so many old friends accumulated through a lifetime in the industry and it is a joy to be there among my comrades. We share old war…

Editor's Note: Bob Sacks spoke with The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) president and CEO Linda Thomas Brooks about the upcoming American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC), which will be held on February 6th in New York City, as well as her views on the future of magazine publishing. In this interview, Brooks shares what she…

Last week I went to a NAPCO conference in New York City called DigiPub. Its advertised mission statement was "Harnessing the Power of Data-Driven Print." The overarching question after a decade or more of collecting digital data was, can the information we have gathered be intelligently and successfully applied to a printed product? To be…

For the record, I stay up to date on many blogs, threads, and various news chains. One of these news sources asked a typical but still important question a few days ago. Where will ebooks be in five years? That, of course, started me pondering several things about the magazine business. Where were we five…

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "There are no facts, only interpretations." That comes mighty close to our understanding of the magazine industry today, at least when it comes to the various reports we constantly read on the subject. How many headlines have you seen that report that "Print is dead" or "Print is alive" or "Print…

Let's be honest, although many attempt to do so, there is no way to find a positive spin to the data in this industry-wide report showing magazine ads down another 16%. As an industry, we have seen negative numbers every year for a decade. Were you expecting a change? Newsstand sales of magazines have plummeted…

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