SkyMall Parody Better Than the Real Thing
November 26, 2014

For years, airlines have provided complimentary seatback copies of the SkyMall catalog for passengers who don't know what to do with their used chewing gum. They also come in handy to remind you that there are millions of people eager to spend their hard-earned money on garbage. For the guys in the Kasper Hauser comedy troupe, the SkyMall catalog serves a third purpose: fodder for a howlingly funny parody.

In 2006 I reviewed the first SkyMaul catalog: SkyMaul: Happy Crap You can Buy from a Plane

Google+ Isn't Dead, it's Just Overexposed
April 25, 2014

Sometimes - less frequently these days, thankfully - Google+ still gets compared to a ghost town. It's a metaphor from the early days of the social service, and if it was ever accurate, it has not been appropriate for years. We don't know just how inaccurate, because Google won't reveal helpful user numbers, but we'll get to that.

This May Be the Brightest Part of the Magazine Business
April 1, 2014

In the latest season of HBO’s “Girls,” the lead character played by Lena Dunham takes a job at a major magazine publisher, writing promotional stories on behalf of an advertiser. Before the season is over, she is out, frustrated the job doesn’t live up to her creative ambitions.

Goodbye to Pat McGovern, Founder of IDG
March 24, 2014

I worked for Pat McGovern in the late 1980’s, a sort of golden era for IDG, the International Data Group. I worked in the consumer division, located in...

Wolters Kluwer Health Releases First Interactive Edition of Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics
October 1, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (October 1, 2013) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, today announced the release of the 34th edition of the Washington Manual® of Medical Therapeutics, the first edition of the venerable text with full digital interactivity.  Written by residents and fellows and reviewed by faculty at the prestigious Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Washington Manual is considered the premiere portable reference for generations of physicians.  Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and pharmacy.

Maple Press, One of the Largest Book Manufacturing Plants in the Northeast, Goes Digital and Installs the ODM Casemaking System™, Sticker™ and Smasher™ to Produce On-Demand Library-Quality’ Hardcover Books.
October 1, 2013

Since 1901, Maple Press has proudly crafted books that have entertained and educated readers. Over 13 million hardcover and soft cover books are produced annually in a variety of trim sizes and bind styles. Their combination of web, sheet-fed, and digital presses gives Maple Press the flexibility to handle a wide range of quantities using the most cost-effective platform. They have the ability to manufacture hardcover and soft cover books in trim sizes ranging from 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" to 9 1/2" x 12" at their 200,000 square foot facility in York, Pennsylvania.


13 Acclaimed Illustrators Promote Children's Independent Reading with Art Depicting "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life."
October 1, 2013

New York, NY - October 1, 2013 - To increase awareness of the importance of children's daily independent reading in order to succeed in school and in life, Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, today launched a stunning new artwork collection by 13 acclaimed children's book illustrators who created their personal interpretation of the Scholastic global reading message, "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life." The artwork features some of today's most beloved literary characters in situations that express a wide range of emotions about the joy of reading, from Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid diving into a pool of good books to Kadir Nelson's inspiring image of a solo reader within a sunlit halo. The virtual art gallery and items for purchase are available at scholastic.com/readeveryday.

National Book Foundation Announces Second of Four Longlists 
September 17, 2013

New York, NY (September 17, 2013) – The National Book Foundation announces the Longlist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. This is the first time in the history of the National Book Awards that the Foundation has presented Longlists for all four categories of its Awards. Finalists will be revealed on October 16.