Will Pandemic and Politics Put Postal Service in Peril? Here Are the Facts.
June 10, 2020 at 7:30 am

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.…

On Isolated Connectivity, Social Distancing, and the Future of Magazines
March 27, 2020 at 7:30 am

A few years back I coined the phrase “Isolated Connectivity” after a friend of mine told me the following story: “One day I came home from work to find my son watching something on his laptop and texting at the same time. I asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ My son answered, ‘Duh, can’t you…

WFH: A Crash Course in Remote Workflow for Publishers
March 26, 2020 at 9:23 am

So here we are. Whether by government mandate or executive fiat, at some point in the past few weeks the publication you and your team usually write, edit, produce, market, and distribute from an office landed in your living room. It probably happened suddenly, in many cases with almost no time to prepare. And you…

Jammed Printers, First-Party Data Hiccups & More Publishing Predictions for 2020
January 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

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…

2020 Print Forecast: The Quad-LSC Merger Is Off, but Competition Might Still Suffer
August 19, 2019 at 8:30 am

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…

Are Fully Personalized Magazines in Our Future? It’s Complicated.
July 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

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…