D. Eadward Tree

D. Eadward Tree

D. Eadward Tree is a pseudonymous magazine-industry insider who provides insights on publishing, postal issues and print media on his blog, Dead Tree Edition.

Will Pandemic and Politics Put Postal Service in Peril? Here Are the Facts.

Depending upon which experts you heed, the U.S. Postal Service is either just a few months away from insolvency or it’s in no danger of running out of cash any time soon. The purpose of accounting, one of my favorite professors used to say, is to give people the information they need to make decisions.…

Gmail’s Message to Newsletter Publishers: Get Rid of Inactive Subscribers

As a result of recent changes in Google’s popular Gmail product, newsletter publishers need to take a close look at slimming down their subscriber lists to prevent readership from plummeting. Email services have long tended to punish newsletters that are sent to large numbers of “spam traps” – AKA abandoned email addresses – sometimes shunting…

Jammed Printers, First-Party Data Hiccups & More Publishing Predictions for 2020

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that 2020 will see more magazine closures and more experiments with reader paywalls. Here are eight, or maybe nine, not quite so obvious publishing predictions that will help you prepare for the year ahead: Paper Shortage A glut of magazine-quality paper has recently pushed prices down a…

Zombies, Mutants & Resurrection: Magazine Publishing in 2019

For magazine publishing, 2019 has been a year full of births, deaths, mutants, zombies – and even a resurrection. The glass-half-full crowd will point to the findings of Mr. Magazine (Dr. Samir Husni) that the total number of magazine titles in the U.S. is at a record high. The half-empty folks will note the loss…

2020 Print Forecast: The Quad-LSC Merger Is Off, but Competition Might Still Suffer

Though the merger of megaprinters Quad and LSC Communications has been called off, publishers may still find it harder to strike a favorable printing deal in the coming months. Calling magazine and catalog printing “a broken part” of LSC, Tom Quinlan, the CEO, indicated earlier this month that LSC would be scaling back that part of…

'Weak' Quad and LSC Offered to Shed Assets, But Feds Said No

Quad and LSC Communications offered to divest assets to win approval of their proposed merger but were unable to reach a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Quad (AKA Quad/Graphics) revealed the offer last week in its response to Justice’s lawsuit that seeks to block the merger of the two large printing companies on antitrust…

Judge Delays Quad-LSC Merger

In another sign that Quad’s proposed acquisition of rival printer LSC Communications isn't going as planned, a federal judge has rejected the printers' request for an expedited trial. That could delay the deal’s closing until next year, months after the “mid-2019” date the companies’ leaders projected when they announced the deal on October 31, 2018.…

Are Fully Personalized Magazines in Our Future? It’s Complicated.

With its flexibility and its ability to produce small batches, digital printing is transforming book publishing, direct mail, product packaging, and even the garment industry. But it has hardly laid a finger on magazine publishing. The technology enables publishers who have sufficient content and subscriber data to create “a unique magazine for every reader,” fellow…