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Transcontinental Inc. Acquires LIPSO, Leading Canadian Mobile Solutions Provider
May 5, 2010

(Press Release) MONTREAL, May 4 — Transcontinental is pleased to announce the acquisition of Montreal-based LIPSO, a leading provider of integrated mobile solutions, including connectivity, transaction management (SMS, MMS, etc.) and applications development. As an enhancement to its marketing communications solutions in new media and digital platforms, this purchase adds a number of key services to Transcontinental's marketing communications offering, including cell phone bar code reading, mobile couponing in retail sales, and electronic ticketing in transportation and entertainment.

What’s in a Format Anyway?
May 1, 2010

A friend of mine was diagnosed last year with a brain tumor. She underwent something like 30 days straight of chemo-
therapy. She was temporarily blind, obviously
 extremely sick and, one would think, terrified. But her outlook during the entire process was amazing. She was optimistic, celebrated each small hurdle and kept going, seemingly undaunted by the road ahead of her. She told me that when she was diagnosed with the tumor, she had read a number of books on Kabbalah, and apparently it gave her a new perspective with which to deal with the challenges she was facing.

Printers Adapt by Following the Market
May 1, 2010

Whether it says more about recent positive trends or just how awful 2009 was, one thing every printer seems to agree on is that things are looking up in book manufacturing. This, at least, is the consensus among executives interviewed by Book Business as part of its annual assessment of the state of book manufacturing, which includes our list of top North American book printers ranked by book revenue.

This Week's Featured Video: Highlights from the 2010 Publishing Business Conference & Expo
April 27, 2010

Check out the video highlights from the 2010 Publishing Business Conference & Expo, featuring comments from conference chairs Chris Foster, President & COO, GIE Media; Samir Husni, aka "Mr. Magazine" and founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center; and Clint Greenleaf, president and CEO, Greenleaf Book Group, as well as from other attendees.

10 Tips for Improving Your Book Production Processes
April 16, 2010

Get out your calendar and schedule a regular date to review your production processes and strategies. Routinely taking a fresh look at your workflow can help you to find new opportunities for streamlining workflows, improving efficiencies, lowering costs and identifying new revenue opportunities. Bruce Jensen, vice president of sales at Transcontinental Printing, recently offered the following tips to Book Business Extra readers to help you improve your book production processes.

Océ Launches Enhanced Printing Program
April 8, 2010

(Press Release) Venlo, The Netherlands, April 8, 2010—Océ, an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals, today announced the launch of the Océ Performance Program, an enhanced professional printing program. The launch of the Océ Performance Program is in line with Océ’s new Managed Print Services, announced last month. Focused on optimizing resources in key target areas, the Océ Performance Program promises cost control, enhanced effectiveness, integration of workflow processes and ease of use.

Domtar corporation to sell its forest products business
March 30, 2010

Domtar Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its forest products business to EACOM Timber Corporation (TSX-V: ETR; "EACOM") for CDN$80 million plus elements of working capital estimated at CDN$30 to CDN$40 million. Domtar will receive 19% of the proceeds in shares of EACOM. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the second quarter of 2010, subject to material consents and customary closing conditions.

Attendance Surges at INTERQUEST Digital Book Printing Forum
March 25, 2010

INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, today announced a 30 percent increase in attendance at its 2010 digital book event held each year for the past five years at the Publishing Business Expo in New York City.

Are You Bitextual?
February 1, 2010

At one time, many book publishers printed their own books. Then they discovered that the cost of maintaining a printing enterprise was less cost-effective than buying book printing and binding from commercial printers. Over the decades, they dabbled in (photo) typesetting and desktop publishing, and enlisted legions of part-time workers. At some moment in time, most books in production in New York City are on the subway, as industry freelancers carry manuscripts and artwork back and forth.

Xerox a 'Natural Fit' for Espresso Book Machine
January 15, 2010

Xerox and On Demand Books LLC have partnered to globally market and sell the Xerox 4112 Copier/Printer together with the Espresso Book Machine. The combined technologies will form a fully integrated solution that prints, binds and trims books with full-color covers on demand in retail locations and libraries.