Midland Specialty Paper & Film, a division of Midland Paper, Packaging + Supplies, is excited to announce the official launch of two (2) new stand-alone Specialty Paper & Film Catalogs – Specialty Paper and Film for HP Indigo and Specialty Substrates for Offset Printing. These new catalogs provide a unique, powerful single source for all of a printer’s Digital and Offset Specialty Substrate needs: • HP Indigo Catalog – A 170 page catalog with the most extensive offering of Indigo-compatible Coated Paper, Uncoated Paper, Text & Cover, Pressure Sensitive Films, Non Pressure Sensitive Films and Pressure Sensitive Paper in the industry. • Offset Specialty Paper and Film Catalog – A 40 Page catalog containing Offset-printable Pressure Sensitive Film, Non Pressure Sensitive Film and Pressure Sensitive Paper Substrates. Click Read More below for additional information.
Hachette Book Group parent company Lagardère Publishing reported Friday that HBG revenues for the first half of 2015, down 7.8% from 2014. HBG CEO Michael Pietsch blamed the drop on “a tough comparison” to strong early 2014 sales and—in a reference to its new sales agreement with Amazon—pointed to a slowdown in e-book sales “due to e-tailers no longer discounting many e-books at a loss.”
In the first half of 2015, U.S. e-books represented 24% of net trade sales, down from 29% at the end of June 2014. The drop was due to a lighter schedule of titles and, Lagardère said, “the implementation of the agreement with Amazon.”
In 2014 HBG revenues declined 4.8% from 2013, reflecting Hachette’s battle with Amazon over terms, strong sales in 2013 and a decline (19%) in e-book sales in the 4th quarter of 2014.
Nevertheless, HBG reported 87 print bestsellers and 15 e-book bestsellers for the period. Piestch reported “major successes” such as Dan Santat’s Beekle, which won a Caldecott Medal, and Minions tie-in titles (attached to the animated feature film), which have shipped more than 2 million copies. The audio version of Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala, won a Grammy and other 2015 HBG bestsellers include David Baldacci’s Memory Man, James Patterson’s The 14th Deadly Sin and Dana Perino’s And The Good News Is.