New Proposed Postal Rates Could Hurt Small Publishers (

Mail order and publishing executives once followed every hiccup within the U.S. Postal Service. Their businesses depended on it.

Those days aren’t over for publishers, judging by an article that appeared last week in The Washington Post.

Periodical rates could leap by 8% on Aug. 29, a potentially devastating hit to struggling community newspapers, forcing them to reduce staffs and distribution, critics say.

Such a hike could be the tipping point for survival for those publishers, Paul Boyle, senior vice president at the News Media Alliance, told WaPo.

However, the USPS contends the impact will not be that serious.
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