What we’re holding here is a very special publication. It’s the order that included our 7,000,000th newspaper printed to date! Big, big thanks to all who have printed with us over the years and special thanks (plus 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.
Thursday, February 26th 2015
Friday, March 7th 2014
It’s great to see Newsweek relaunching their print publication, which they shut down only 14 months ago. This time around, they’re going for a luxurious premium product, perfect to sink into and enjoy at the weekend.
The newest Newsweek strategy is both old-fashioned and radical. It’s old-fashioned in the sense that it is reviving a ghost print brand with printing presses on two continents. It’s radical in its pricing. Even the high-flying, high-quality weekly New Yorker only charges about $79 a year, while Time goes for $30 and The (monthly) Atlantic for about $25. Newsweek is going way beyond those prices.
The print launch is all wrapped up in a lovely package, led by magazine veteran Jim Impoco. In fact, that package — with design by Robert Priest and Grace Lee — seems almost anachronistic, a throwback to another era of plush and flush magazines. In a sense, the newest Newsweek is trying to create its own category: NewsLuxe.
From publishers like Pitchfork, to our own Long Good Read collaboration with the Guardian, it feels like 2014 is the year that the big ‘digital first’ publishers realise that print’s still brilliant, and does lots that the digital publication can’t.
Shameless pitch time:
You don’t have be Newsweek or the Guardian to give this a go. ARTHR, our very own newspaper layout tool, makes it easy to turn your blog into a beautiful newspaper. You don’t even have to handle the sales or distribution — put your paper in The Newsagent and we’ll do that for you, sending you your profit shortly after. And if you get stuck with anything, our friendly team is here to help. Happy printing!
Wednesday, February 26th 2014
There’s been some resonant coverage in the national newspapers recently about print publications. The Guardian posted a gallery of beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn’t dead and considers the resurrection of the magazine in the digital age:
These magazines are…a result of the possibilities offered by the new technology that was supposed to kill print culture – they sell and distribute online, they crowdfund, they invent their own business models on the hoof.
We’re really proud to have been involved in some such crowd-funded and community-driven projects like The Peckham Peculiar, My Favo(u)rite Magazine and Revealing Craft (to name just a recent few) – all of which have used the intersection of physical and digital to create something quite special. Print succeeds today in novel and unexpected ways, evidenced by exciting (and now full-time!) enterprises like Stack Magazines, a brilliant subscription service that posts you a different independent magazine every month. Buying a magazine or newspaper isn’t just about getting the news, it’s also a chance to experiment and discover something new – a way of bringing people and ideas together and creating something to be turned over and read again, not thrown away at the end of the day.
Not driven by celebrity or publicists’ schedules, the curated storytelling, often around a single theme, is closer to the storytelling of novels – they’re narrative journeys of ideas, pictures and activities…they offer the pleasures and possibilities of getting lost.
We’ve seen all sorts of orders go though the presses since we started Newspaper Club, and still so many surprise us. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens as we continue to develop the The Newsagent to help you find, and get lost in, some really brilliant newspapers.
Tuesday, February 18th 2014
Tuesday, February 4th 2014
It’s been a busy week of hammering and sawing and taping and printing and cutting and sticking, but we’ve finished and there are more things on the walls downstairs than I think I have ever seen. For one whole month you can now experience the joys of newsprint first hand at our retrospective exhibition, on the ground floor of Southblock, Osborne Street.
We’ve managed to squeeze 47 newspapers into the exhibition, and you can read about all of them in our handy programme here:
There are also permanent, physical copies of these, and some of the papers on display for you to have a flick through at the exhibition, as seen here on the opening night!
Preview night was lots of fun, and thanks to our generous sponsors we were able to feast on Tunnock’s Teacakes and Fyne Ales’ IPAs all night long. Here’s how things looked before we let the raging hoardes in.
And here are some of Glasgow’s finest folk talking about paper and admiring some of our customers’ beautiful designs.
You can also pick up a free copy of the Long Good Read whilst you’re here, and catch up on some of the week’s best long form reporting from the Guardian.
The exhibition is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm every weekday in February. We look forwards to seeing you 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 newspapers 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, part of our collaboration with the Guardian, every week 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.
Thursday, December 5th 2013
We spent last weekend as a sponsor at the amazing Thought Bubble Festival. It’s a fantastic gathering of comic artists and fans held in the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
We set up camp in New Dock Hall and gave out stickers and specially printed newspapers for people to draw on. We set a little challenge where the most inventive drawing wins a £50 voucher.
It was great to see visitors letting their imagination run wild. If you picked up a paper remember to send it back to us by 8th December for a chance to win.
Wednesday, November 6th 2013
Soon we’ll be heading to Leeds for the Thought Bubble comic art festival, which is happening 17 – 24 November. We printed this year’s bustling programme and as sponsors we’re offering 10% off for anyone who wants to print a newspaper to show off their work at the festival. But hurry, the deadline is 8 November–this Friday!
Our 10% discount is open to all Thought Bubble exhibitors and guests, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim the offer.
And if you’ll be along to Thought Bubble, come find us and say hello! Anne, Rosie and Mike will be looking after the Newspaper Club table, where there’ll be samples of our new digital broadsheets and minis and a stack of handsome newspapers to flip through.
Tuesday, October 15th 2013
We’re happy to announce that we launched some new product pages yesterday. We hope they’ll make it easier to figure out which type of paper will best suit your project, with a handy tool to calculate how much your newspaper run will cost and when it will be delivered. We’ve also added links to some brilliant examples of each size and style, to show off the many ways our customers have made the most of the formats. Let us know what you think!
Friday, October 11th 2013
We blogged earlier in the week about The Centurion, a fantastic series of four newspapers printed for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The LPO have used traditional tabloid newspapers to great effect to publicise The Rest Is Noise, a series of concerts running through 2013, with each issue reflecting 25 years of music and 25 years of newspaper design.
By a happy chance, the fourth issue of this great series was the 4,000,000th paper that we printed. Some printers print millions of copies every week, but we specialise in smaller runs. When you print newspapers in small quantities, each million is hard-earned so we always celebrate it, with a little present for the customer who orders it. So big thanks to Mia Roberts at the LPO, for 4 lovely newspapers and an extra special one!