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).
Wednesday, May 7th 2014
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.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
Wednesday, March 26th 2014
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!
Monday, March 24th 2014
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.
Friday, February 14th 2014
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:
- You write and design your paper.
- You print a test copy (if you haven’t already), write some blurb for your store and set a price for your paper.
- When someone wants to buy one we take their money, print them a copy and ship it directly to them.
- 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.
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.
Wednesday, January 29th 2014
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 28th 2014
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.
Tuesday, December 17th 2013
As mentioned last week, we set a little challenge for visitors to Thought Bubble – to fill in the blanks on our specially-printed newspaper.
We got lots of amazing entries and picking one winner was a difficult task, but after much chin-stroking, the £50 goes to Norm Chung for this fantastically detailed newspaper full of drawings.
Honorable mentions to Marta Szudyga who worked the Leeds city motto into her drawing.
And Miguel from Spain who drew us (Rosie and Anne) as superheroes saving Leeds from imminent destruction.
Massive thanks to everyone who entered. We had a lot of fun looking through the entries and really appreciate the time and effort that went into each drawing.
Tuesday, November 19th 2013
Here’s a note of our festive opening times. Because of the way the holidays fall this year we have fewer festive print runs than usual. 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 5 December 2013 – last date for Christmas delivery overseas
- Thursday 12 December 2013 – last date for Christmas delivery to UK
- Thursday 19 December 2013 – last print date of 2013
Christmas opening times
- Monday 23 December 2013 – open
- Tuesday 24 December 2013 – closing at 12pm
- Wednesday 25 December 2013 – closed
- Thursday 26 December 2013 – closed
- Friday 27 December 2013 – open
New Year opening times
- Monday 30 December 2013 – open
- Tuesday 31 December 2013 – closed
- Wednesday 1 January 2014 – closed
- Thursday 2 January 2014 – open, printing at 2pm
- Friday 3 January 2014 – open
After that everything is back to normal – printing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!