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.

A Decade of Delusions: 10 Things We Got Wrong About Publishing in the Digital Age

A decade ago this month, despite not knowing my RSS from a hole in the ground, I created a blog called Dead Tree Edition out of desperation. As a “print guy” in a magazine industry undergoing digital disruption, I knew I would soon be obsolete if I didn’t become more versed in web publishing. So…

6 Ways to Adjust to Google’s Emphasis on Authors in Revised Search Guidelines

OK, fellow publishers, Google is on to us. And that probably means readers are on to us as well. As I’ve noted before, Google has generally been kind to magazine media publishers, tweaking its search engine to favor results from respected web sites, especially those with storied print brands. But the latest version of Google’s…

2019 Print Forecast: Tight Paper Market Will Continue Squeezing Publishers

At the beginning of next year, magazine publishers will be paying about 25% more for paper than they did just 18 months earlier -- assuming they can find any paper to buy. There are no signs that the scarce supply and rising prices afflicting all U.S. buyers of publication papers will abate in 2019. Magazine-quality…

To Grow Print Revenue, Give Advertisers What They Want: Data-Driven Targeting

There’s an old saying that, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I goofed. I’ve been advocating the use of a “hammer” to help magazines reverse a decade-long advertising slump. I should have been talking about what we need to build. What the magazine industry needs to focus…

Once Considered Mortal Enemies, Print & Digital Are Living Happily Together

Both sides were wrong. “In three years, none of this will be in print,” a senior publishing executive told me, six years ago, about two magazines that are still profitable and still in print. Mr. Print Is Dead thought magazine publishing would soon be all about apps and the web. (You see, kids, back then…

With New Online Marketplace, Print Ads May Have Finally Entered the Programmatic Age

A leading publishing association, BPA Worldwide, announced a partnership today that could be a catalyst for boosting magazine advertising sales across the industry, even for BPA non-members. Four months ago, I asked this question in a Publishing Executive article: “Why is placing a national ad in multiple magazines still such an arduous, manual process? When…

Is It Time to Put Your Magazine Out of Its Misery?

Many U.S. magazines are barely keeping their heads above water. And with further advertising declines, more paper price increases, a newsstand system that’s circling the drain and the prospect of huge postal increases, it’s likely to get uglier in Magazine Land. No doubt we’ll see more titles give up on their magazines and go digital-only.…

4 Church-and-State Scenarios Publishers Must Consider in the Digital Age

Some pundits have claimed that publishing’s so-called “separation of Church and State” is a relic of the Golden Age of Print. But given recent trends in marketing and digital publishing, plus the need to consider WWGD (What Would Google Do?), not letting our commercial interests taint our editorial coverage may be more important than ever.…

5 Ways Magazine Publishers Can Maximize Postal Savings

A big party I recently attended illustrates a principle behind what I’ve consistently found to be the greatest source of waste, the greatest source of potential cost savings, and the biggest differentiator between competing printing proposals for all but the smallest-circulation magazines. And because of likely regulatory changes, new opportunities for postal savings (or waste)…

6 Growth Opportunities for Publishers in 2018

Plummeting print advertising, continued newsstand decline, slow digital growth, and the loss of some leading titles. Let’s face it, 2017 wasn’t the greatest year for magazine media. But amidst the wreckage are some favorable trends and promising opportunities. Here are six that publishers should be looking to exploit in 2018: 1. Brand safety A year…

USPS Bail Out Could Hike Postal Rates 41% in Next Five Years

The Postal Regulatory Commission is proposing that publishers’ postal rates increase by an estimated average of 34% to 41% over the next five years. The postage increases would be lower than average for magazines that use co-mail and higher than average for less efficient mailers. The PRC announced its proposal to bail out the U.S.…

6 Ways to Grow Revenue With Digitally-Printed Magazines

Magazine publishers typically develop informal rules of thumb to help speed decision making and proposal writing: Don’t go back to press with an issue unless you can justify printing at least 10,000 copies. You have to charge overseas subscribers at least three times the domestic rate because of the additional shipping and mailing costs. Never…

Publishers Have a Problem: Their Outdated Approach to Magazine Ads

“My name is Eadward, and I work in magazine publishing.” Welcome to Magazine Publishers Anonymous, a new 12-step program for people trying to overcome their addiction to the same old way of publishing magazines. I thought we’d get an influx of members a couple of weeks ago when The New York Times published “The Not-So-Glossy…

2018 Print Forecast: Paper Prices & Postal Rates Will Rise

Declining demand is supposed to cause lower prices, but the magazine industry’s key suppliers are likely to defy the law of supply of demand in 2018, with both paper companies and the U.S. Postal Service raising prices by a little – and perhaps by a lot. Yes, folks, it’s that most wonderful time of year,…

5 Ways Publishers Can Use Digital Printing to Get Personal & Drive Revenue

A financial analyst who specializes in the printing industry recently speculated that “the potential to produce personalized magazines at scale is not too far in the future.” He was a bit off: That potential already exists – and is irrelevant to most magazine publishers. Here’s the question we should be asking: Is digital printing --…