An End to the PaperLater Experiment

PaperLater by the pool

We launched PaperLater in June, as a big experiment for us. We wanted to see if there was appetite for a personalised newspaper service, both from consumers and from publishers.

It’s been running for just over 6 months now, and while we had a strong launch, we haven’t seen the kind of repeat usage we’d been hoping for.

As a small, predominantly bootstrapped business we have to make difficult choices about what we invest in, and right now, all our attention is on improving our site and ARTHR in 2015.

We’ve decided that the best thing to do is to call an end to this experiment and shut PaperLater. This week will be our last week of operation, and the last orders will go to print at 2pm on Monday 22nd December. The site will remain fully functional until then, but we won’t be inviting any more beta testers.

(If you’ve already got an account, and you want to give it one last go, there’s still time to get an issue for the Christmas holidays!)

After next Monday we’ll delete your PaperLater bookmarks and newspapers, but keep your account, as it works on the main Newspaper Club site too. If you want a copy of any of your data, please let us know and we can get that for you.

We’ve learnt a lot from PaperLater, and the concept of a fully automated, personalised newspaper is still fascinating to us, but this wasn’t quite the right product at the right time.

We hope to revisit some of the ideas in it in the future, but for now, thanks a lot to everyone who gave it a go.

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Christmas and New Year print times

Merry Christmas from all at Newspaper Club

Here’s a note of our festive opening times. Please plan ahead if you need anything for late December/January, or contact us now if you have any special requirements.

Last print runs

  • Thursday 11 December 2014 – last date for Christmas delivery overseas
  • Tuesday 16 December 2014 – last date for Christmas delivery to UK (except digital minis, last print date on 11 December)
  • Tuesday 30 December 2014 – last print date of 2014

Christmas opening times

Open and printing as usual (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) except:

  • Wednesday 24 December 2014 – closing at 12pm
  • Thursday 25 December 2014 – closed
  • Friday 26 December 2014 – closed

New Year opening times

  • Wednesday 31 December 2014 – closed
  • Thursday 1 January 2015 – closed
  • Friday 2 January 2015 – open

After that everything is back to normal – printing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Announcing PaperLater: a new service from Newspaper Club

Some of the Newspaper Club team have been squirrelled away for the last few months, working on a brand new project. And today we’re very excited to announce it to the world. Introducing… PaperLater.

PaperLater

PaperLater lets you save the good bits of the web to print — so you can enjoy them away from a screen. It’s similar to ‘read it later’ services like Instapaper, Pocket or Readability, but delivered to your home in a beautiful newspaper.

When you find yourself on an article or blog post you’d prefer to read in print, just press the ‘Save for PaperLater’ button in your browser, and we’ll do the rest. When you’ve got enough articles, hit print and we’ll automatically layout, print and ship you a newspaper. It’ll be on your doorstep in a few days.

PaperLater

PaperLater launches into public beta today, as a separate service, powered by Newspaper Club. To find out more and sign up for an invitation, have a look at paperlater.com. There’s also a full announcement on the PaperLater blog and you can follow @paperlaterhq on Twitter. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think.

PaperLater

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Happy birthday to us

CMYK loom bands

Newspaper Club reached a new milestone this week – our 5th birthday. It’s amazing to think that in 5 years we’ve grown to a team of 9 printing over 5,000,000 newspapers for customers in over 30 countries.

We’ve learnt a tremendous amount along the way, both about newspaper printing and running a small business. It’s been great fun. The combination of customers who are excited about what they’re making and the variety of amazing newspapers that we get to see every day makes working at Newspaper Club an absolute pleasure. We’ve got lots of things planned for the future, and something pretty special coming next week.

We celebrated our birthday with cake, curry and custom-made CMYK loom bands (the closest we’ve ever got to a staff uniform). If this sounds like your idea of a good time, please consider our job ad for a new developer. We are looking for someone to help us keep growing for the next 5 years (and hopefully, beyond).

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Our classic and improved tabloids are changing

Our traditional tabloids are changing. From now on:

  • All of our tabloids (digital, classic and improved) are the same page size – 289mm x 380mm (hooray!).
  • Classic tabloids (on 52gsm recycled newsprint) are available in runs of 300 and 400 (down from a 500 copy minimum order)
  • Improved tabloids (on 52gsm improved newsprint) are available in the 289mm x 380mm page size.

We’re phasing out the old improved tabloid size (295mm x 359mm) so if you’re planning a future order please use the classic tabloid template. If you’re working with the old size and have a file ready to go don’t worry – we can still print that for you.

This now means that:

  • It’s easier to switch from digital to traditional printing
  • ARTHR users who want to print traditionally can order 300 or 400 copies (down from 500 minimum), and can print on improved newsprint.
  • You can print an improved tabloid and sell it in the Newsagent without having to resize your file.

What’s the difference between classic and improved tabloids?

Our classic tabloids are printed on 52gsm recycled newsprint – similar to the off-white newsprint that a standard tabloid newspaper would be printed on (although our newsprint is slightly heavier than say, The Sun or The Metro). Improved tabloids use “improved’ newsprint, which is the same weight, but brighter and whiter. It’s great for getting more out of your colours and photographs.

Can I see one of the new improved tabloids?

Yes, you can! Just request a sample here and tick the ‘improved’ box.

Are there any changes to digital tabloids?

No, the digital tabloids are staying the same.

Any questions?

Please contact us on support@newspaperclub.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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Extra! Extra! We’ve added an extra print run on Mondays!

More newspapers on the press

We get very busy at this time of year. So, due to popular demand, we’re adding an extra print run on Mondays at 2pm. This means the print deadlines are:

  • Mondays at 2pm UK time
  • Tuesdays at 2pm UK time
  • Thursdays at 2pm UK time

When you place an order we’ll check it in time for the next print run and you’ll receive your freshly printed newspapers 2-5 days after that (in the UK, slightly longer for overseas).

There are a few bank holidays Mondays coming up on 21 April, 5 May and 26 May – we’re closed on those days but any other Monday, send us your papers!

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The Newsagent is now available to everyone!

Good news everyone! There’s no need for an invite: from today, anyone can start selling their paper in The Newsagent!

In case you missed it, The Newsagent is our print-on-demand marketplace for newspapers. You make a paper, and we’ll sell it for you. We’ll handle all the payments, printing and delivery – leaving you to get on with making your paper. If you choose to add a profit, we take our cut and send you yours shortly after each sale.

There’s a great selection of papers on sale already, everything from Text Trends to Leaf Sculpture. The first 12 issues of our Long Good Read partnership with The Guardian are available, and so are the first 2 two issues of Florecast, a beautiful skateboarding magazine.

We’ve recently added email notifications for each sale, and a dashboard so you can see all your sales information in one place.

It’s super easy to start selling your paper: just print a single copy (or more), share it in The Newsagent and put it on sale. Find out more about how it all works and get set up.

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An Exciting Announcement

The very last newspapers being posted

Since the beginning of Newspaper Club, we knew that helping people print their paper was just half the challenge.

When we made our very first paper, Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet, we spent two weeks collecting addresses, stuffing envelopes, licking stamps and lugging sacks of newspapers down to the Post Office.

It was hard work – much harder than we’d expected – and we knew it could be made a lot easier. Which is why we’re very pleased to announce that…

From today you can sell a newspaper directly from our site. We’ll handle the payments, printing and delivery — you just need to design your paper.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You write and design your paper.
  2. You print a test copy (if you haven’t already), write some blurb for your store and set a price for your paper.
  3. When someone wants to buy one we take their money, print them a copy and ship it directly to them.
  4. We take our cut and send you your cut.

There’s no setup fee, no paperwork, and no minimum sales. It’s that simple.

Fittingly, the first paper on sale is Things Our Friends Have Faved On The Internet 2014, a follow up to the paper that started it all. It turns out that no-one blogs anymore, so this time around it’s a brilliant selection of faves and likes from Twitter, Flickr and Instagram, from a selection of our friends. Yours for just £5.25, delivered.

Things Our Friends Have Faved On The Internet 2014

We’ve written a page with more detail about the pricing, how the payments work, which papers are eligible, and more.

We’re going to be rolling this out to all our publishers over the next few weeks. If you’ve got a publication you’ve already printed with us that you’d like to start selling, we’d love to hear from you. Just send us email with a link to your page in the Newsagent, and we’ll take it from there.

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Print’s Not Dead – A Newspaper Club Exhibition!

We’ve been helping institutions, individuals, designers, schools, communities, families, artists, experts, amateurs, gardeners, restaurants, engineers, dreamers, thinkers, and grandparents to print their own papers since 2010.

Our customers are a talented bunch – we find the newspapers people want to make can be beautiful, charming, funny and informative. This exhibition represents a little bit of everything we’ve found it a joy to print over the last four years.

You can drop by at any time over the next month to the ground floor of our building in Glasgow for a browse through some of our favourite newspapers. You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the Long Good Read every week – part of our collaboration with the Guardian, for the duration of the exhibition.

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We’re now gearing up to cram as many lovely newspapers as we can into the exhibition space in our foyer downstairs – here’s a wee preview of my incredibly high tech hanging plan.

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Come along on Friday evening for a flick through some of the best papers we’ve printed, a drink and a teacake!

Sponsorship kindly provided by Wasps, Fyne Ales, and Tunnock’s.

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Issue #7 of The Long Good Read out now

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We’re happy to announce that another six-issue run of the Long Good Read, an algorithmic newspaper created in collaboration with The Guardian, starts today. Issue #7 is available for free at #guardiancoffee in Shoreditch, London while supplies last (which wasn’t very long last time around, so don’t dally if you want an issue!)

We wrote about the Long Good Read on our blog when the first issue came out in November and there have been some good overviews written since then. If you’re in the area pop by and pick up a copy and let us know what you think.

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