ECPA reports book sales increase

Phoenix, Arizona.  Here’s some good news from the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association (ECPA).  Christian publishers are reporting increased book sales for the first quarter of 2010.  This is the first time this group has seen a year-over-year increase in more than a year.  The net sales increase (sales less returns) were up 2% for the quarter when compared to the same period in 2009.  ECPA President Mark Kuyper says "this news is a welcome sign that we may be seeing the end of a very difficult economic climate that has had a major impact on Christian publishing.  While publishers will need to continue to work toward changes necessary in a new media world, an upward trend in traditional book sales shows the continuing demand from consumers for Christian content."



American Paper & Forest Asso.

New York – The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a record-high 63.4 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling 2009.  This is good news for the industry and the environment, and exceeds the industry’s 60 percent recovery goal three years ahead of schedule.  Innovative paper recycling programs winners of the AF&PA Recycling Award program were also announced.  For the full article, go to 

2010 ECPA Cover Design Awards

DPI To Sponsor 2010 ECPA Cover Design Awards.

    Dickinson Press has again joined together with The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) to sponsor the annual ECPA Book Cover Awards.  The organizations began the ECPA | dp Book Cover Award program in 2007 to educate, promote and recognize superior cover design in the Christian publishing industry.  The program is built on the Dickinson Press funded foundational research of the Research Institute for Social Change [RISC] which measures consumer buying motivations and expands on the direct relationship between cover design and book purchase decisions by consumers.   More specific information will be announced in the near future. To view winners of the 2009 ECPA | dp Book Cover Awards program, go to


2010 Off to a Good Start

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.


Book Sales 2009

March 10, 2010.  Here is another look at how the book industry finished in 2009.  The Census Bureau apparently keeps track of book store sales in dollars.  Book store sales were down 0.8% in 2009 when compared to 2008.  This is a little surprising given 2008 was not a good year, finishing 1.8% below 2007.  More importantly, the fourth quarter of 2009 lagged behind 2008’s fourth quarter when the recession was at one of its toughest stages.  While most might have thought the economy was in some sort of recovery in Q4 2009, apparently that was not the case for books at the retail level. 

E-Books How Big Will They Get?

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.”


What is 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



Consumers Product Safety Commission

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.


Dickinson Launches New Website


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.


-Environmental Responsibilities

-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.

-Career Opportunities.

-Credit policy.

-...and much more.



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