American Printer to Cease Publication
Penton Media's American Printer, a printing industry trade publication that traces its roots to 1883, will cease publication with its current (August) issue. In a post on the magazine's website, editor Katherine O'Brien said "ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability."
Founded as Inland Printer and seeing several name changes over the years, the magazine covered prepress, press and postpress processes and technologies, as well as printing management. In its 125th anniversary issue in 2008, O'Brien wrote the magazine "has chronicled an unprecedented period of progress in an industry that had remained largely unchanged since Gutenberg got the ball rolling in 1440. Letterpress gave way to offset, hot type yielded to cold and the craft entered the Computer Age."
Ultimately, printing industry consolidation, the Great Recession and fundamental changes in the way publishers produce and distribute content proved too much for American Printer.
Read O'Brien's statement here.