2010 Off To A Good Start!
The U.S. Census Bureau reported January bookstore sales rose 2% when compared to 2009. These results included sales from college bookstores as well as trade stores.
E-Books. How big will they get?
March 1, 2010. Will e-books (aka Kindle, I-Pad, etc) take over the book market? We saw this quote in a recent issue of Publishers Weekly. At the fifth annual American Booksellers Association (ABA) Winter Institute, ABA COO Len Vlahos said, “We at ABA happen to agree with Dan Clancy (Mr. Clancy is the Google Books director) that e-reading devices are not going to be what people read on. In three years time, e-books will be 10% of the market.”
TRANSITION TO InSite!!!
January 29, 2010. Dickinson Press customers are encouraged to use a new service for managing their book production. As one of the early adaptors of computer-to-plate technology to the book making process, Dickinson Press now offers customers “InSite” for ease of workflow with books.
What’s InSite? The InSite Prepress Portal is a Kodak product and is an Internet-based solution that connects print buyers and creative professionals with the prepress workflow for job submission, remote proofing, and approval management. In addition to these advantages, Dickinson customers will benefit from reduced errors, quicker turn around of book production, and reduced costs.
How does InSite work? Customers use the InSite portal to upload files much the same as uploading files to the DPI ftp site. Almost instantly, the files go through a pre-flighting process. Customers, and DPI customer service reps, will receive an automatic e-mail notification that the files have been received and have been through a preflight check. There will also be a quick acknowledgment of the integrity of the files. Customers will know if their files are ok and ready to proceed in the process, or if modifications are needed. InSite will also provide a soft-proof of files for customer approval.
Additional InSite advantages.
- Track job progress.
- Collaborate with others within customers’ organizations, and/or DPI on changes and reviews.
- Track other activity, such as approvals, and change requests.
How to connect and start using DPI’s InSite.
For complete instructions on how to set up your personalized account in InSite, contact your DPI customer service representative, or contact Mike Defoe at email@example.com.
December 21, 2009 – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to extend the stay on testing for total lead content as required by the CPSIA to February 2011. The CPSC announced the decision to a group of industry advocates, primarily represented by Book Manufacturers Institute (BMI), Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Printing Industries of America (PIA). The group had been encouraging the CPSC to extend the one year stay, which had been due to expire in February of 2010.
The extended stay will allow additional time for the group of industry advocates to gain an exemption from third party testing for book components that did not already have exemption from testing. BMI, AAP, and PIA will continue efforts to gain legislative support to exempt ordinary books from the CPSIA.
This stay on testing does not relieve book manufacturers from meeting the requirements of the CPSIA. The current limit for total lead content is 300ppm for products designed to be used by children 12 years old or younger.
New website is being launched based on Content Management principles!
Dickinson Press has launched a new website, effective December 21, 2009. The new website includes the following highlights:
-Values and Vision.
-Industry and company news.
-Up to date information on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.
-Templates for layout of common book sizes.
-Common in-stock papers.
-Survey results from RISC.
-How-to on sending files.
-Link to online job status.
-Contact information for customer service, sales and management personnel.
-...and much more.
Book Industry Profile
Key Trends and Facts:
- The US is the largest publisher and consumer of books in the world. About 150,000 new books are published in the US every year; most of them are low-volume products.
- Demand for books in the US rose 2.8% annually between 2003 and 2008 to $36.5 billion. Sales of e-books in the US are growing rapidly.
- Book exports rose 6.1% per year from 2003 to $2.6 billion in 2008. 41% of these exports were to Canada.
- Large book sellers, such as Barnes & Noble, are increasingly gaining publishing and distribution rights.
- Publishers are building online communities around authors and genres to strengthen relationships with readers. This is expected to create new revenue streams.
- Audio books on CD-ROM and tapes are a growing market. Publishers sell about $1 billion worth of books in this format. This is further expected to rise.
- The greater availability of books in the electronic format has led to a rise in the piracy of books.
What was started by a small group has now grown to Biblica, distributing Bibles worldwide. “We are deeply grateful that God has guided us through two centuries of Bible outreach in order to proclaim His message of salvation to the world, “ said Biblica U.S. President Doug Lockhart to a celebration gathering of more than 400 in Colorado Springs on December 4. “It is amazing that a small Bible society formed by a handful of Christians should gather such momentum and remain faithful to its mission for 200 years.”
Today, partnering with donors and other ministries, Biblica provides the Bible worldwide. Dickinson Press is proud to play a small role in helping Biblica carry out its mission. Congratulations Biblica on your 200 year anniversary.
DICKINSON PRESS INC SHOWS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP WITH CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION!
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Dickinson Press, one of the nations Top 30 book manufacturers, has received chain of custody (CoC) certification for paper products used from sustainable sources that are harvested responsibly. The certifications are from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
To heighten awareness in the organization, Dickinson Press conducted extensive training of all employees toward the CoC process. The certification process also included demonstrating to third-party auditor Bureau Veritas, an international certification and conformity agency, that Dickinson can track certified products through the entire ordering, purchasing, production and distribution systems. In so doing, Dickinson verifies that the paper used in the printing and manufacturing of books is traceable back to the paper fiber’s origin.
“With chain of custody certification, Dickinson Press is strengthening our environmental commitment, and helping our customers source responsible forest products,” said James Swihart, Purchasing and Production Planner.
Dickinson Press is committed to preserving and sustaining the world we live in. This is an evolving activity of the company and teammates. Dickinson actively conserves raw materials and practices conservation in all processes throughout the company. Further, it is the goal to operate our business in a way that creates positive benefits for customers, employees and future generations.
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