Aug 16, 2016
Earlier this month, I read a great article in The New York Times about the benefits of reading real books to your children. I’ve been an avid reader all of my life and a mom for nearly three years, so this article piqued my interest. It also got me thinking about how my own reading habits have changed over time.
As a child, I grew up using physical books. Pretty much everything that I read for education or enjoyment was some form of ink on paper. I also grew up using screens—my family had a home computer and TVs, but e-Readers were a long way off at that point. The books that I read were “book books.”
I bought my first iPad about 5 years ago, and my personal reading habits began to change. Although I still have shelves of physical books, most of the books that I purchase these days are in electronic form. My iPad became my library, and although there was still something appealing about ink-and-paper books, I became fully entrenched in electronic reading. I didn’t think I’d ever go back.
Then I became a mom.
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Aug 6, 2015
As part of its investor presentation earlier this week, R.R. Donnelley announced plans to split into three publicly traded companies, each with a different focus. These companies will be Customized Multi-Channel Communications (CMCo), Financial Communications Services (FinancialCo), and Publishing & Retail-Centric Print (PRSCo). Describing the move as a “transformative separation,” R.R. Donnelley positions this as the next stage in the company’s evolution from a print & ship model to a multi-channel communication services model that leverages data analytics, content optimization, and multi-channel marketing. The transaction will take the form of a tax-free spin-off of the financial and publishing/retail components and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The customized multi-channel media communications component will retain R.R. Donnelley’s outstanding notes/debt and will receive cash proceeds from the sales of the two other components. Existing R.R. Donnelley shareholders will end up owning shares in all three companies. No specifics were provided in regard to the management teams for each component. That will come later.
Source: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Investor Presentation, August 4, 2015
R.R. Donnelley has net sales of about eleven and a half billion dollars. The three planned companies break out as follows: Read more »
Apr 15, 2014
Recently, Barb Pellow and I participated in a Canon-sponsored Book Business/Printing Impressions webinar on the topic of books and inkjet. (The replay is available at this link if you are interested.) As is typical of most webinars, listeners were encouraged to submit questions, and in this case we received a lot of them. This blog is comprised of those questions and my brief response to each. While not intended to be comprehensive, I believe these questions and answers are a reflection of what is on the minds of the publishing community in regard to inkjet and books today.
Question and Answer
Q: What would be the cost per book difference to print offset vs. ink jet based upon specs such as Read more »
Apr 11, 2014
nGage’s Inkjet Summit is in its second year and it has grown to around 90 end-user attendees and 39 sponsor companies. The concept is relatively simple: find prospective buyers of high-speed inkjet equipment, pay their way to a resort location, and sit them down in front of the sponsors for case study presentations and one-on-one meetings. This assures that the level of knowledge and experience of the average attendee is very impressive. They have done their research and have a good idea of what they need. Not all of the attendees, though, are first-time buyers. Those looking to purchase a second (or third, or fourth) device were also in attendance. They make up a significant portion of the audience and have hands-on familiarity with inkjet technology.
Similar to the first-time buyer/experienced user split, another split was particularly noticeable Read more »
Dec 10, 2013
Though inkjet has been a hot topic since 2008 (remember the ‘inkjet’ drupa?), it is hard to underestimate the continuing impact inkjet is having across all areas of the graphic arts. I think 2013 marks an interesting turning point. Inkjet is everywhere from document printing to labels & packaging to decorative to functional and 3D printing.
Gartner Hype Cycle
3D printing had to be one of the most talked about topics of 2013 and jetting technologies are the key behind many 3D printing implementations (though in this case they are jetting materials rather than inks). That being said, in my opinion 3D printing has reached what Gartner likes to call the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ and others have described as ‘Irrational Exuberance.’ The way some people talk about 3D printing you’d think that before long you’ll be 3D printing your beer complete with the bottle (with a label on the outside and a cap on top).
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Mar 22, 2012
As society becomes untethered from print-based information and advertising models, publishers continue through a wrenching transformation. The excitement and angst of the industry was felt throughout the Publishing Business Conference and Expo at the New York City Marriott Marquis earlier this week.
The event included an “A-list” of speakers, over 70 innovative technology vendor and service provider exhibitors, and hundreds of attendees from across the magazine, book and media industry. The conference program included over 50 sessions and 120 speakers that provided a valuable combination of strategic insights and practical in-depth advice. Here are a few of the many insights and comments I came away with from the event.
Should We Love You or Fear You?
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor Bloomberg Businessweek, gave an outstanding opening keynote pointing out that the human attention span is a zero sum game. You get one look from your customers. His advice? Make something great and then broadcast it. Read more »
Mar 8, 2012
Now that the speculation frenzy has been relieved with Apple’s introduction of the new iPad yesterday, I’ll give my perspective on what it means for the market. The short answer is that if you are a publisher, content producer, advertiser, marketing services provider or Google, it’s all good. If you are a printing company or equipment supplier with no presence in digital media, it’s all bad.
Mar 7, 2012
This week Timsons, in collaboration with Kodak, announced the T-Press, the largest format inkjet document printer so far in an end-to-end production line targeted at mid-volume book runs.And the width is impressive, with a 53” or 1.35 metre web width, allowing for an 8-up production across the width of the web for a typical A5 book format. Linear speed of the printer is 600 ft/min (200 m/min) and resolution will be 600 by 900 dpi. This roughly translates into 7,500 A4 or letter size impressions. The T-Press is a monochrome web-fed printer, but future full colour versions were not ruled out.
Timsons and Kodak are partnering on this dedicated short-run book printing solution according to their areas of expertise. Timsons developed a dedicated press design, including the finishing line. Kodak is supplying the Stream heads (the basis of the Prosper presses and imprinting heads), workflow, and front-end. Timsons is a dedicated manufacturer of analogue book printing and finishing equipment and draws from a lot of experience in materials handling. In designing the T-Press Timsons did not simply put the inkjet heads onto an existing offset press design, but redesigned the paper path for an optimal location of the inkjet heads and driers and a minimal web length to reduce start-up waste. The front and backside printing units are in a stacked configuration so the unit is relatively compact, despite the wide web.
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May 4, 2011
We can all learn some valuable lessons about making the “transition to digital” from John Wiley & Sons, the $1.7 billion publisher of scientific, technical, medical (STMS), higher education, and professional trade books and journals.
Wiley has been around since 1807 and during that time they have had only 11 CEOs, a testament to the organization’s ability to adapt to change as well as the strength of its leadership team.
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Apr 21, 2011
Last summer I wrote a blog suggesting the publishing industry may soon reach a tipping point – a point at which the industry accelerates towards a digital business model and away from a print-based model. Recent financial results from Amazon.com, Gannett, The New York Times, and Apple provide further evidence that the industry is closer to that point.
You probably recall last summerÂ Amazon.com announced for the first time it was sellingÂ more Kindle and e-books than hardcover books. In its full year 2010 financial results Amazon.com disclosed some other amazing statistics: Read more »