Dec 30

PRC approves Exigent Rate Increase

On Tuesday, December 24, the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”) conditionally approved the US Postal Service’s request for an exigent rate increase. This means that on January 26, 2014, postage rates will increase an average of 6.0%. According to current laws, the US Postal Service (“USPS”) may increase postage prices at... read more →
Dec 20

Print Takes Over the World

Printing, in all its various incarnations, has been with mankind since around 3,000 B.C., when Mesopotamians used cylinder seals to imprint onto clay tablets. Chinese and Egyptian “publishers” used stamps and blocks, while in India cloth and paper were both printed with woodblocks and plant dyes. And while Johannes Gutenberg... read more →
Dec 18

Survival Tips for Print Magazines

Much as printed books seem to have survived the Kindle craze, print magazines are likely to live on long after the digital frenzy has calmed down. So says Gracy Olmstead in The American Conservative as she offers up some encouraging words for magazine publishers. She gives some good advice for... read more →
Dec 17
Dec 17

Rx for Healthier Catalogs

Does your catalog need a check-up? Susan J. McIntyre (aka “The Catalog Doctor”) has some common sense advice for standing out in a competitive field. “Learn from your competitors to keep ahead” is her first piece of advice. McIntyre recommends looking at what your competition is doing right, and integrating... read more →
Dec 16

Digital to Print – A Generational Shift

An interesting thing is happening in the digital publishing world. We've already talked about digital-only publications like Allrecipes launching a print edition, and Newsweek’s recent announcement that they are returning to print. Now the Los Angeles Times is reporting on more titles that were born online choosing to launch print... read more →
Dec 16

How to Save a Magazine

In a publishing landscape that is forever changed, both economically and technically, do print magazines continue to have relevance? Peter Osnos asks the straightforward question “Can print magazines save themselves?” in an article that appeared online in The Atlantic last week. We like the question he posed, because we believe... read more →
Dec 13

Twitter Getting Younger?

The Facebook phenomenon goes like this: Teens created it, and became the primary users. Then it spread to the “grown-ups,” and the kids are quickly losing interest, according to information from a recent earnings call that cited “a decrease in daily users specifically among younger teens.” Is the same thing... read more →
Dec 13

Is Newsstand a Bad Apple?

We like to imagine that Steve Jobs would never stand for this.  Newsstand, Apple’s app store and de facto place to “see and be seen” if you are a digital publisher, is in bad shape. So says D.B. Hebbard in his recent article in Talking New Media, “This is a... read more →
Dec 12

Allrecipes Magazine App Is Half-Baked

On the surface it would appear to be a can’t-fail recipe – take a digital-only publication like Allrecipes, launch a successful print version, and then release a tablet version of the magazine. And yet, somehow, the replica Newsstand app leaves cooking aficionados and aspiring gourmets feeling a bit, well, flat.... read more →