Gene Therapy
November 1, 2007

Longfellow’s celebration of the forest primeval finds its echo today in the green revolution taking place along the supply chain of the paper industry. Although—as I learned from interviewing people who prefer not be quoted on the subject—good intentions are ahead of actual practice, it is a harbinger nonetheless of the revolutionary transformations taking place in the paper industry’s business practices. Which brings me to the subject of this column: a snapshot of the globally transforming paper industry, the state of book-paper supply, and how the present outlook shapes your paper usage and purchasing strategies. As long as print products are foundational to the

Google’s Jim Gerber to Keynote 2007 Book Business Conference
March 2, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Book Business magazine proudly announces Google’s Jim Gerber as keynote speaker for the upcoming 2007 Book Business Conference and Expo, scheduled for March 5-7, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square. Gerber, director of content partnerships at Google, will present the Keynote Address on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 9:15 a.m. The Keynote Address is open to all registered attendees. “We are thrilled to have Jim give the keynote address at the Book Business Conference and Expo. There are few companies that have as profound an influence on publishing today as Google, so it’s a major boon for our audience of

Looking for Environmentally Friendly Paper? Here Are Some of Your Options
June 1, 2006

If you haven’t reviewed your options in environmentally friendly paper in a while, it might be time to do so. There are currently more than 50 papers on the market made from recycled paper, 20 of which contain 100-percent recycled content. Others contain anywhere from 10-percent to 90-percent recycled content and brightness levels up to 97. Many are also produced using more environmentally friendly bleaching processes, such as processed-chlorine free or elemental-chlorine free processes (see box below). Supply seems to be keeping pace with demand, and as more publishers are committing to improving their environmental footprints, including giant Random House (see story on page

Our Industry's 'Green' Suppliers
June 1, 2005

While many publishers are taking big steps to improve their environmental impact, so are a number of suppliers. In fact, some recent developments have been especially notable. Cascades invests $2 million to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions Cascades Fine Papers Group, for example, has been the official paper supplier for printed Earth Day messages in Quebec and Canada for several years. Cascades produces papers that contain an average of 30-percent post-consumer-waste (PCW) recycled fiber. Its management has long taken into account the importance of the environment and made significant efforts toward minimizing the company's ecological impact. Recently, however, the company has taken these efforts to a

Our Indusry's 'Green' Leaders
June 1, 2005

A look at pioneers in improving the industry's environmental impact. When San Francisco publisher Chronicle Books decided to improve its environmental impact, it didn't waste any time. It formed an internal eco task force and spent 2004 researching its paper options with its U.S. and Asian printers. It enlisted its merchants and mills in the process. And it pushed all of its suppliers to join in its commitment to print on better paper. As a result, it was able to obtain eco-friendly paper without paying a higher price. By 2005, Chronicle was ready to make a formal commitment to the goals of

Tips for Integrating Sustainability into the Supply Chain
December 1, 2004

Almost 150 publishers in the United States, Canada and Europe are committed to eliminating their use of papers that contain fibers from endangered forests. Nearly 15 book papers with strong environmental attributes have been developed in North America in the past few years. But what came first—the chicken or the egg? Was it market demand from publishers and printers that spurred paper development? Or was it the product development efforts of mills and suppliers that made available new options and prices that appealed to publishers? It was and will continue to be both, and the more each link in the supply chain talks to one

Books for School Exceeds Expectations
December 1, 2004

A consortium of industry leaders that took part in the Books For School program at the Graph Expo and Converting Show, held in Chicago, Oct. 10-15, exceeded the production goal of classic titles that were donated to the Chicago Public Schools. The group of companies consisted of Delphax Technologies, Glatfelter, Keene Technology Inc., Stalfors Inc., MBO America, Palamides, Shuttleworth Inc., Muller-Martini Corp., Xeikon America Inc. and GBC. Together, their technology produced over 5,000 books during the first day and a half of Graph Expo, which was the target goal for the entire show, says Bob VandenBoom, marketing director of Delphax Technologies. "This performance is particularly

Glatfelter Launches Customer-Focused Service Program
August 1, 2004

Specialty papers and engineered products manufacturer Glatfelter has rolled out a service program that provides customers with more flexibility for the products it offers. The program offers distributors three book grades—Glatfelter Offset, End-Leaf and Restore Cote—in a range of shades, finishes and basis weights. Glat Offset is the company's premium uncoated book publishing paper designed for high-quality print jobs. End-Leaf is designed to form a strong bond between the text and case, and Restore Cote is a recycled, film-coated grade designed for the textbook market. Under the new program, Glatfelter guarantees shipment within seven days of placing the order and eliminates trim requirements, says