Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 115, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.
The problems in the newspaper sector were brought into sharp focus this week in the UK with the announcement of contract print company Newsfax being placed into administration. Customers and potential customers swiftly sought alternative print solutions. The news came just days after Johnston Press announced the closure of its Sunderland operation.
Meanwhile, InPublishing examines how some newspapers are seeking profitable solutions for re-purposing content into e-books. Is this a possible way forward? The Express & Star is re-working its web site access to work more effectively across all major platforms: an important move for sure. In the US some 20% of newspapers now have paywalls, we are advised by Mashable.
Eastman Kodak Co is rarely out of the headlines these days, and usually for the wrong reasons. The latest news brings its consumer inkjet printer business into focus: it will extract itself from the hardware side of this market by next year, leading to an additional 200 job loses. Hardware, of course, is highly competitive and margins are thin. The company will continue the sale of ink for its printers, and will also continue to provide its industrial printing equipment.
The former film giant is also seeking to extend its Chapter 11 status. It is currently due to present its plans by October 15. It is seeking to extend this to February 28, 2013. This is not an uncommon occurrence in complex Chapter 11 situations.
Hybrid printing will be one key topic at the forthcoming Print Efficiently event, taking place in Perrivale. A discussion chaired by Gareth Ward, editor of the Print Business magazine, will examine the issues and the technology, while the event will also show how the Kodak and Ryobi hybrid solution can provide for integrated litho and digital productivity.
In tablet talk, Google and Asus are reportedly building an even more cost conscious version of the Nexus 7. The new model, expected to be released before year-end (for the Christmas market?) is expected to retail at $99 (or £61 at current exchange rates).
Also of great interest, the battle of the tablet business models. With five major companies in the war for your tablet buck, what strategies are being employed by these business giants to make some money? First one of a series: Apple.
An interesting feature from the Lifehacker tech blog examines a number of the stock apps from the iPhone, and suggests better alternatives available from non-Apple suppliers.
For all of those still reliant on the PC: forty ways to fix your PC before you call an expert. CNet comes to the rescue with this list of handy hints!
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