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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A New Box

Emily dropped this photo in our Campfire chat earlier. It’s our new box design, for our larger Classic Tabloid orders. It’s just a box, but it made me very proud.

Newspaper Club shipment

Incidentally, it’s 5 years and 2 days since we announced the paper that started it all: Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet. More exciting news to follow about that, towards the end of the month.

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Meeting up in Glasgow

Earlier this month we had a team meeting. It was the first time all of us, all 13 of us, were together in the same room. A bit of a milestone. It was also the first visit for some to our headquarters in Glasgow. Ben captured the scene– there’s Frankie and Ralph making themselves right at home.

And here’s the jolly tea station that fuels our work day (when we aren’t popping down to All That Is Coffee).

We had lots to discuss, and we’ll be writing more about that soon. For now, there’s Ben’s meeting doodles to decipher.

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(N.B. ingenuity of Tunnock’s teacake foil to keep coffee warm)

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It was a good day for Newspaper Club. Some exciting projects in the works, starting with an announcement on Wednesday, so stay tuned. Special thanks to the London office for making the journey. Come visit again soon!

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ARTHR is dead, long live ARTHR!

Today we’re very pleased to announce the full release of the new and improved version of our online newspaper making tool, ARTHR. It’s been in testing for a while, but it’s now the default tool if you go into your dashboard and press “Make a Newspaper“. Hurrah!

As part of this, we’re shutting down the old version of ARTHR, now known as ARTHR Classic. This post details how the shutdown will work, and if you’re still using it, important dates to finish your work by.

As of today you can still make a paper in ARTHR Classic, but it’s not recommended unless you have a good reason. If you do, we’d like to hear about it, so we can see how the new version of ARTHR might meet your needs.

Barring any problems, on 18th March, we’ll stop people being able to make new newspapers in ARTHR Classic. If you’ve already started one before then, it’ll still be editable.

Then, on 1st April, we’ll stop people being able to edit newspapers in ARTHR Classic, and the tool will disappear from the site. On that date your newspaper will be converted to a PDF on our site, and you’ll be able to download the contents as a PDF, InDesign document or a ZIP file containing the stories and pictures.

If you’re working on a paper in ARTHR Classic you’ll need to finish and order it before then. Unfortunately it’s not possible to automatically move your paper from ARTHR Classic to the new version of ARTHR as the structure of the document is significantly different.

If any of that causes you a problem, please let us know and we’ll do our best to help out.

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Newspaper Club NPD

Read more

If we were a different type of company and this was a different type of weblog, this blog post would be about how we’d successfully built a digital-analogue platform and now we’re moving on to the next stage – building (and helping you build) amazing products and services on top of that platform.

But rest assured, this is just a blog post about me, Russell and Tom messing about.

There’s a bunch of stuff we’d like to do this year and we figured the best way to do that was to just make them. Or fake them.

In 2011 Tom made The Telepaper, which was an idea we’d had since the beginning of Newspaper Club where somehow you could click a button and it would auto generate a newspaper from your delicious feed, or instapaper or pinboard or somesuch. Specifically the Telepaper was a tool that converts a Readability Reading List into a Newspaper Club newspaper. A demonstration of the Readability and Newspaper Club APIs. You can find it here on Newspaper Club and here on GitHub.

telepaper

We talk about this a lot, in the cafes of central London, but realised the other day that we all had different perceptions of what such a product looked like. So we went away and made one. Ordered it in the usual way and then sent it to each other.

Newspaper Club NPD

 

They were all quite different. Mine was called the Sunday Stellar was based on the idea that you could get a newspaper made from your Stellar. But seeing as we all follow more or less the same people on Stellar I wanted to make it friends of friends on Stellar. So I made a list of all the people we follow on Stellar, deleted the duplicates and then took faves from those friends’ friends.

Mine was a bit fancier with the layout, big pictures, blocks of colour and stuff, but I made it all with Arthr II. No other graphic design software was used.

Big pictures

Russell concentrated on long reads, stuff you might think would work well in print. Interesting stuff that’s hard to read on a screen. This meant he could only get three articles in a 12 page paper. This sort of feels odd, for no particular reason. Does it matter? Are you ordering a paper by the amount of articles? Is three articles enough?

Newspaper Club NPD

Tom’s was probably closest to what we mean. Good number of articles, stuff we hadn’t read before, some pictures.

All three of these were made using ARTHR II.

Newspaper Club NPD

This article about the New York newspaper strike was the one I enjoyed reading the most.

Newspaper Club NPD

 

We all used different styling, different fonts, different approaches. We can’t really learn anything from any of this, it’s just messing about. There’s nothing wrong or right with any of these approaches, any of these newspapers. It’s just us poking the prototype. Making stuff rather than talking about stuff. Having actual physical things to talk about. We had to make what we were thinking in order to express it.

We enjoyed this. I think we’ll make more of these. We have a few copies left, so if you’d like one send us an email.

And yeah, I know I need to clean my lens. There are more soft focus pictures on Flickr.

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Step Three: Profit

We had a board meeting last week. You can see half of it above via the magic of timelapse. (The half of the table you mostly see consists of Tom and Gary. The half you briefly glimpse is Anne & Ben. You never see me.)

Lots of things were decided. Much exciting news was newsed. But the best bit was this, as detailed in Gary’s CEO memo:

In our second full year of trading we’re very proud to say that we’re profitable. We’re not talking about a lot of money – just single figures as a percentage of our sales. However, it is enough to help ensure we can keep providing the levels of service that our customers seem to really appreciate. It’s also just enough to allow us to invest in developing our service.

We now employ full-time in Glasgow and London a small team of very clever people who are working on new Newspaper Club products. They’re developing ways to convert disparate pieces of useful and interesting digital information into printed formats that make it all a real pleasure to read. 

It’s an exciting time. We really believe that this pretty hoary old medium has a lot of life yet in it. In fact, the potential of newsprint is enormous – but only when it’s usefully integrated with the web. Hold the front page!”

Exciting isn’t it?

There are some changes afoot – me, Gary and Anne are getting new titles, we’ve got plans for new products and we need to talk about investment – Anne’s going to add some more detail on all that later in the week. (Unless you’ve got a few hundred grand going spare, in which case gives us a shout). In the meantime; we’re in our second year of trading, we’re employing great people, we’ve got brilliant customers and we’re making an actual profit. Hurrah.

 

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New! Embed Your Newspaper on Your Site

We’ve just added a little feature to the Newsagent. You can now embed a newspaper on your site, just by copying and pasting the HTML code provided on each paper’s page.

For example, here’s the paper that started it all:

And seventhirtyeight, which Anne wrote about earlier today:

There’s a nice little scroller, and you can click through to the paper on the Newspaper Club site. The medium size is designed to fit neatly into a typical blog post, and there’s a slightly larger option too.

By default anyone can embed a paper, but if you want to turn it off, just untick the option in the sharing settings.

It turns out writing the code to do this is a bit tricker than we thought, so if you notice the design looking a bit wonky on your site, please let us know.

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It’s Nice to Share

I had dinner with some friends a while ago and we were chatting about what Newspaper Club was up to. The conversation went something like this:

Him: “What kind of things do you print then?”
Me: “Oh well, all sorts of stuff really.”
Him: “Like local newspapers and things like that?”
Me: “Yes, some of those, but really just anything that people want to put on newsprint: comics, portfolios, wedding papers, wrapping paper.”
Him: “Wrapping paper?”

This seems totally normal to me now. Wrapping paper: of course! But that’s because I’ve spent a couple of years watching people print all manner of things, and now it’s a typical week when someone prints a newspaper full of wrapping paper, or a collection of beautiful lines, or photography about a bus stop.

But for our customers, apart from our blog posts, there’s no way of seeing the full range of stuff that other people are printing. We want to surface more of these fantastic papers; to give people a space to show off what they’ve made, and why and how they did it, beyond the reach of the printed paper.

So today we’re beginning that. There’s now an option on each newspaper in your dashboard to share it:

Sharing Settings

There’s space to write a few words about it, to choose how much of it you want to share, and to tag it with a few keywords. You’ll end up with a page like this one of prettymaps from my profile, that you can share with anyone:

prettymaps

And a profile page for you or your organisation that looks a bit like this one by We are Words + Pictures:

prettymaps

When we’ve got a few more newspapers shared, we’ll open the Newsagent: a portion of the site to allow anyone explore all the shared newspapers, searching by tag or description to find papers they might be interested in. And we’ll be featuring papers and publications that we love on the front page and throughout the site.

But that’s a post for another day. For now, give it a go, and let us know if you have any feedback.

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Looking for Beta Testers

We’re looking for beta testers for a new bit of the Newspaper Club site. If you’ve made a newspaper with us, either in ARTHR or uploaded as a PDF, and are interested in promoting it, sharing it, or just having a page for it on our site, then we’d love to hear from you.

Drop us an email to newspaperclub@newspaperclub.com, with the subject line ‘Beta Testing’ and the email address of your account. If you’ve got some of the details of the paper you made, that’d be great too. We can’t guarantee we’ll get back to everyone, but we’ll try our best.

The rest of you: the Newspaper Club Newsagent is coming soon.

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One size fits all: digital paper sizes are a-changing

The city does not consist of this...

As we mentioned a little while ago, the page sizes for our digital colour newspapers will be changing. From next week (Tuesday 30 August), the digital page size will be 289mm x 380mm, the same as our traditional newspapers. This makes life a little simpler as one template works for both types of printing. Hooray!

We did hope to have more notice of this but only heard from the printers last week that the old paper was running out. Clearly, changing the paper size at short notice may be a headache for anyone halfway through making their newspaper. Sorry about that. The good news is we can scale down any 317mm x 457mm designs and keep everything in proportion. Apart from that everything about the digital papers will stay the same.

If you have any questions about the change please contact us at support@newspaperclub.com. We’ll be happy to help as always.

Photo: Systems/Layers: Urban Experience in the Network Age, a digital newspaper made for the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design by Mayo Nissen and Adam Greenfield.

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