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Stories Readers May Have Missed Last Week

January 3, 2011
Since many of Today on PIworld’s readers likely took last week off like we did, here are summaries and links for most of the new content items posted:

Magazine Sales on Apple’s iPad Plummet
Magazine sales on the Apple iPad have dropped sharply since their debut on the leading tablet computer, according to data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. In fact, each magazine that reports its monthly-issue sales on the Apple iPad to the bureau has reported a decline since its publication has debuted on the tablet, according to a post on the data by the Women's Wear Daily blog Memo Pad. Read full story.

5 E-Book Trends that Will Change the Future of Publishing
Philip Ruppel, president of McGraw-Hill Professional: Without a doubt, the e-book is practically the biggest thing that’s hit the publishing industry since the invention of movable type. Publishers and e-book resellers are reporting astronomical growth. At McGraw-Hill, we have been an active player in e-book technology dating back to devices like the RocketBook (one of the first e-book readers) that was launched more than 10 years ago. Today, e-books and e-book distribution is central to our publishing and growth strategy. Read full story.

Are Paper Makers on Santa’s Naughty List?
Could paper makers be on Santa's naughty list this holiday season? Certain secular headwinds continue to eat away at select paper volumes in North America. And we believe that the growing preponderance of e-readers will continue to chip away at paper demand used in books, magazines, newsprint, and envelopes used in the developed countries of the world. Consequently, we are cautious on top-line growth prospects of forest-product companies that are overly dependent on publication paper or uncoated freesheet paper sales in the Western world. Read full story.

In a Digital-Age Presidency, Books Live On
In the age of the tweeting president, the hand-bound tradition endures, costing taxpayers $45,000 to $50,000 a volume, with two volumes (of “The Public Papers of the President”) produced each year. How long this will continue is a decision government archivists are just beginning to ponder. Have the presidential papers become souvenirs and backdrops for presidential addresses in the Roosevelt Room, or are they a still-vital piece of history? Read full story.

Letterpress Made of Legos Creates Charming 8-Bit Prints
Geeky designers (and the folks who write about them!) love Legos, and Sam Cox and Justin LaRosa are no exception. Under their Physical Fiction aegis, these two graphic designers have put Lego to yet another wonderfully off-label use by constructing a working letterpress printer out of the bricks. By clicking smooth Lego tiles into place on plastic baseboards and inking the plates, they create handmade prints with an 8-bit aesthetic. Read full story.



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