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6 Phrases that Sum Up 2018 in Publishing
December 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm

What a crazy, up-and-down year this has been in publishing! One minute, the president of the United States is calling us the enemy of the people, and then the next minute we learn that a major magazine publisher was paying to prevent embarrassing stories about the President from being published. Some publishers were so busy…

How is Scan-Based Trading Working Out for You?
November 28, 2018 at 10:39 am

Scan-based trading (SBT)—wherein the wholesaler is paid only for copies that go through the register, and unsold inventory is not recorded as either sold or returned—has been implemented in an estimated 70% of U.S. retailers. It was a long time coming, with many studies and audits and recommended best practices backing it up; and no…

What Is the Easy Path to Publishing Riches Overnight? A Delusion
October 26, 2018 at 12:12 pm

When I started this blog a decade ago this month, the Get Rich By Blogging Hype Machine was just getting revved up. Within a few years, pundits declared that blogging is dead, just as they had declared that “Print is dead” a few years earlier. (Both media have shown…

A Decade of Delusions: 10 Things We Got Wrong About Publishing in the Digital Age
October 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

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…

Study: Magazine Publishers Still Eager for Print Innovation, But Want to Test Drive First
October 8, 2018 at 4:56 pm

I often hear folks in the magazine industry lament the fact that there’s not an appetite for innovating and reinventing print publications, despite the still significant role print plays in many publishing companies’ business models. We’ve reported on some interesting innovations and possibilities for making print products more targeted and data-driven. Earlier this year Elle…

Hearst Magazines Poised for Print Changes Under Troy Young
October 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Like every other magazine publisher, Hearst is going through a period of significant change, and now it has a new pair of digitally focused leaders to push it forward. Troy Young, who in July succeeded longtime Hearst Magazine president David Carey, is said by industry sources to be on a mission of…

Association Media Are Growing With New Revenue Opportunities
October 1, 2018 at 11:38 am

Association magazines are a common benefit to members and have developed a longstanding, healthy area for publishing. But like much of the print publishing industry, such magazines are beginning to diversify the means for generating revenue. “I think where associations have a struggle is with being able to maintain that core membership base in defining…

2019 Print Forecast: Tight Paper Market Will Continue Squeezing Publishers
August 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

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…

Quad/Graphics Suing Meredith Over Contract Demands
August 8, 2018 at 11:18 am

Sussex-based Quad/Graphics Inc. is suing Meredith Corp. after the Iowa-based publisher said it would terminate the printer’s contract on several titles, including InStyle and Southern Living. The dispute stems from a number of changes Meredith wanted to the specifications of its contracts with Quad for six current titles and two additional ones set to begin…

Press Release: Blanchard Systems Achieves US Postal PAGE Certification
July 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

New Orleans, LA, July 8th 2018­­­ – Blanchard Systems has received PAGE Certification from the United States Postal Service for Virtual Publisher.  Virtual Publisher is Blanchard’s cloud based SAAS solution to Plan, Produce, Approve and Deliver Ad and Editorial page content.  This certification eliminates the need to send marked copies of magazines to United States…

To Grow Print Revenue, Give Advertisers What They Want: Data-Driven Targeting
July 16, 2018 at 10:47 am

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…

Press Release: PRINT Act to Protect Publishers and Printers from Harmful Tariffs
May 16, 2018 at 9:31 am

Arlington, Va. – Today, in an effort to protect printers and publishers from unwarranted tariffs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 2835, the “Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018,” or “PRINT Act.” Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Claire McCaskill (D-MO),…