Thursday, March 26th 2015
A quick note for anyone planning to print a newspaper in the coming week:
We will be closed on Good Friday (3 April) and Easter Monday (6 April) and deliveries will take longer over the holiday weekend. Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays so no deliveries will go out on those days. If you’re planning to print a paper around these times bear this in mind and print ahead to avoid missing any deadlines.
If you have any questions about delivery times, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
I’m David, the new man in charge of our small (but perfectly formed) Technology/Engineering Department at Newspaper Club. I took over as CTO when Tom departed to pastures new (pun absolutely intended) a few months ago and I figured it was about time I said hello. I definitely wasn’t gently prompted to write this by our resident social media expert Sarah… honestly…
We’re now in what could be called Phase 3 of the technical development of Newspaper Club. Tom led the development of some cool toys when we were a startup, those were built upon and developed over the last few years, and I’ve now got the exciting job of directing and developing the tech to support the rapidly growing business that Ben, Russell, and Tom started more than 5 years ago.
A bit about me: I’ve been coding since I was 7 (1989!) and have fond memories of STOS on my first computer, an Atari 520 STFM. It smelt funny, ran hot, but was totally bulletproof and never let me down. I had pre-internet days of dialing into local BBSs and many blazing rows over excessive phonebills with my (ultimately quite understanding) parents. I spent a lot of money buying dodgy pirated games from the Barras and I lived through what I guess most people would think of as the birth of the modern internet. I even spent some time writing for a silly money VC funded gaming company called Barrysworld.
While the internet was sorting itself out in the early 00’s — seriously, it was rubbish — I spent my time working as a live sound engineer in venues and festivals. For a couple of years I co-owned and operated an art, education and event space called Boxxed, a shell of a Victorian warehouse that we converted and is now, ironically enough, a hub for startups in Birmingham. While I was there I was introduced to the pure joy of Ruby on Rails (as well as the horror of JS) and decided it was about time I came back to coding. That was about four years ago and since then I’ve freelanced, co-run an agency, consulted, and have now settled in at Newspaper Club to build some cool tools.
I’ll be making regular posts here talking about our technology stack, our infrastructure, what projects we’re working on, and what makes us tick. We’re a small business and as such there’s very rarely a dull moment — my Trello board has a ‘high priority’ list that only ever seems to get longer, plus we’re pretty intensively working on two super-secret projects that we’ll announce properly in the not too distant future.
So that’s it for now. Next time we’ll talk tech. :-)
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
You can now find us on Pinterest, where we’ll be collecting typography and design that we love. We’re adding things every day, so follow along for a daily dose of printspiration.
Thursday, February 26th 2015
What we’re holding here is a very special publication. It’s the order that included our 7 millionth newspaper printed to date! Unbelievable really. It’s made us reflect about how grateful we are for all the newspapers that have passed through our presses and brought us to this impressive milestone. Big, big thanks to all who have printed with us over the years.
Special thanks and a box of treats to Wash Design who created this classic tabloid for Lakes College. The paper will be distributed to thousands of homes around West Cumbria as part of a campaign to promote apprenticeships at Lakes College.
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
We’ve revived our long lost Instagram account! And were happy to discover a whole hashtagged world of papers we’ve printed already in operation. Nice! If you’ve shared your paper, do let us know with an @newspaperclub shout. We’ll also be sharing some snapshots from our cosy office so if photos of cups of tea are your cup of tea, please follow along.
Wednesday, February 11th 2015
Newspaper Club is about to enter its fifth year of trading and looking back, it’s amazing how far we’ve come. We’re not really a start-up any more, but a stable, thriving business with staff in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Texas, and customers all over the world.
Having got to this happy stage, our founders Russell Davies, Ben Terrett and Tom Taylor have decided to sell their shares in the business to Sharman & Company Ltd. Their vision and expertise turned the whimsical idea of printing newspapers in a digital age into a proper going concern. Somehow they surfed a tide that appeared to be going in the opposite direction and five years on, print is still very much alive. Their departure makes way for more focused, long term owners to take it to the next level.
Sharman’s are a Peterborough based family business who have been printing newspapers since the 1800s. We have worked closely with them since day one, and their experience and professionalism has helped to make Newspaper Club the company it is today.
Mark and James Sharman are now on our Board of Directors, with Mark becoming our Chair. Tom is staying on as a non-executive director, while he takes up a new, exciting position with Moo (back in our old building) and David Moore joins us to spearhead our tech plans for the future. Gareth Williams stays on as non-executive director and all other roles stay the same.
Although this is a big development, it’s relatively smooth for the business, with no major changes to our day to day running or products. We have a lot planned for this year and are looking forward to getting on with it all. Onwards and upwards!
Monday, December 15th 2014
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.
Tuesday, November 4th 2014
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!
Monday, June 9th 2014
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 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 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.
Friday, June 6th 2014
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).