The Sentimentalists, recent winner of this year's Scotiabank Giller prize, will see a broader audience after the book's publisher, Gaspereau Press, signed an agreement with Douglas and McIntrye (D&M) to allow them to produce a trade edition.

According to a report by the Toronto Star, D&M is rushing the production of 40,000 copies of Johanna Skibsrud's debut novel, which took the $50,000 Giller prize. Gaspereau Press, a small specialty printer based out of Nova Scotia, produces the book by hand, at a quantity of only 1,000 copies a week.

Also according to The Star, Douglas and McIntyre initially placed an order of 30,000 copies with Altona, Manitoba-based Friesens, but upped the order soon after. Last year's Giller prize winner, Linden MacIntyre's The Bishop's Man, sold more than 75,000 copies.

“We’re delighted to be working with Douglas & McIntyre and Friesens to produce a new edition of The Sentimentalists for the wider marketplace," said Andrew Steeves, co-founder of Gaspereau Press, in a statement. "This alliance will ensure that our author’s accomplishment will be honoured, and that readers across the country will have ready access to well-made copies of the book.”

The Sentimentalists is also available through Chapter's Kobo e-book service at a price of $14.95. The new edition from D&M will have a cover price of $19.95 while the original Gaspereau edition carries a cover price of $27.95. The Gaspereau edition will continue to be produced while the D&M edition will be branded as such.

Gaspereau Press was established in 1997 by Andrew Steeves and Gary Dunfield in Kentville, Nova Scotia. The company both prints and publishes books from  "some of Canada's most original and innovative authors."

According to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People's Republic of China, the country has just printed its 80-millionth Bible.

Amity Printing Company, the country's only authorized Bible-printing company, has been producing Bibles since 1988. It is a joint venture between China's Amity Foundation and the United Bible Societies. Today, the company produces 1 million copies per month.

"The production of 80 million Bible copies can be attributed to the work of China's Christians, and, more importantly, the country's reform and opening-up policy," said Qiu Zhonghui, Chairman of the Board of Amity Printing, in a celebration ceremony in Nanjing.

According to Xinhua, the company produces 50 editions of the bible, in various languages and also in Braille. One in four Bibles in the world are printed in China today. China has 16 million Christians attending 55,000 churches or gathering venues.

According to Amity Printing's website, the company employs a Roland 204 press, a Roland 704 press, a Timson webpress and an Akiyama offset press. The company's bindery has MBO folding machines, Meccamotecnica auto gatherers and sewing, and a Kolbus-sigloch hard-bound book production line. The company holds ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certifications.

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The venerable Oxford English Dictionary, often seen as the definitive reference for the language, will likely not see another print edition of the full work due to declining demand for the 23-volume set.

The first edition was first published in its entirety in 1928 after seeing separate volumes published starting in 1888. The second edition was published in 1989, which also saw the first CD-ROM version. In 2000, the publisher introduced Oxford English Dictionary Online, which is a subscriber-only model aimed at the education market.

A team of 80 lexicographers are preparing the third edition of the dictionary, which has a completion date of 2037. Updates of the dictionary are added to the online and CD-ROM editions every three months.

The second edition printed version (US$1,165) has sold approximately 30,000 copies since its publication in 1989 and weighs approximately 750 pounds. In contrast, the online version (US$295 per year of access) gets more than 2-million hits a month.

Researchers at the University of Manitoba have come up with a way to turn discarded paper cups into ethanol.

According to a CBC report, Tim Hortons cups, as well as other paper products, can be harvested for its biomass. The cups are shredded and made into a mulch, from which an added bacteria can digest the material, producing ethanol and hydrogen, both of which can be used as fuel.

In early studies, it takes approximately 100 Tim Horton's cups to produce 1.3 litres of ethanol.

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Transcontinental Media has launched three new weekly newspapers in Quebec: Point de vue Sainte-Agathe and Point de vue Mont-Tremblant, in the Laurentians; and Abitibi Express in Val-d’Or and Amos in Abitibi.

The newspapers will serve each of these regions with input from “citizen contributors” and with new digital services to benefit local business. “Transcontinental is thrilled to deliver even more local content to communities and businesses in Quebec with both the print and online editions of Point de vue Sainte-Agathe, Point de vue Mont-Tremblant and Abitibi Express,” said Serge Lemieux, Transcontinental Media’s Vice President, Newspaper Division, Québec and Ontario.


Point de vue Sainte-Agathe and Point de vue Mont-Tremblant are edited by Martin Leonard, and Abitibi Express is managed by Michel Chalifour. In addition to staff writers, Transcontinental says the newspapers will invite its readers to contribute via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

In Québec, Transcontinental Media currently publishes 63 community papers with a total weekly circulation of more than 2.5 million free copies delivered to households through its Publisac distribution network.

Ottawa-based Canadian Bank Note Company took first place in the annual Élan Awards, produced by the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), which is a worldwide competition for card manufacturing and printing.

The Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence are described by the ICMA as "the pinnacle of design innovation and technical achievement" for the sector. The ICMA has 240 global members.

Canadian Bank Note received its first-place finish in the category of Best Government Identification Card for the production of Canada's Permanent Resident Card.

Élan Awards winners included:

People's Choice

CPI Card Group, Lenticular Snowboarder, Visa & Royal Bank of Canada
Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card
Finalist: Plantaplast GmbH

Best Gift Card

Winner: CPI Card Group, Gift a Tron Card, Target
Finalist: Perfect Plastic Printing
Finalist: CPI Card Group

Best Government Identification Card

Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, Permanent Resident Card, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Finalist: Oberthur Technologies, Registro Nacional de Las Personas de Guatemala Card, The Republic of Guatemala

Best Loyalty & Promotional Card

Plantaplast GmbH, Strawberry Tour 2010 Smelling Card, Extra Golf Promotional Tour
Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd., China Unicom VIP Card, China Unicom
Finalist: Versatile Card Technology, Ameristar Casino ACE Gold Card, Ameristar Casino

Best Access Control & ID Cards

Vanguard ID Systems, LDM CompuWeigh UHF RFID embedded Biodegradable card, CompuWeigh
Finalist: Plasticard Locktech International, W hotels RFID 3-D Card, W Hotels
Finalist: Plasticard Locktech International, Jelly Belly ID Card, National Confectioners Association

Unique Innovation

Oberthur Technologies, Citi One Piece Mobile Payment Tag Card, Citi
Finalist: CPI Card Group, Nutrisystem Starter Card, Stored Value Systems
Finalist: VCT - NJ, Business Exclusive Rewards Card, Chase

Best Secure Financial Card Design

Future Card, Masraf Al Rayan Visa Gold Card, Masraf Al Rayan
Finalist: VCT-NJ, Cash Charcoal Visa, Chase
Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd., Yi Card, Agricultural Bank of China

Best Other Secure Card Design

Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd., Plum Blossom Card, Nanjing Citizen Card Co. Ltd.
Finalist: Placard Pty. Ltd., Crowne Shareholder Card, Crowne Melbourne LTD
Finalist: VCT-NJ, 76 Commercial Card, Citi Card

Best Vendor New Product, Equipment or Material

JDSU Authentication Solutions Group, Holofuse Card

Finalist: Blumer Maschinenbau, Tool Adapter
Finalist: Bayer MaterialScience AG, Transparent Holographic Film for Colored Holograms in Cards

Judges' Choice

Winner: Versatile Card Technology, Best Buy Blinking Tree Gift Card, Best Buy
Finalist: Oberthur Technologies, Ecount Clear Black Stored Value Card, Citi Prepaid
Finalist: Versatile Card Technology, Best Buy Mother's Day Gift Card, Best Buy

The Bank of Canada has announced it will be printing currency on a new plastic polymer starting in 2011. In addition to be longer lasting, the notes will contain "innovative security features to significantly increase their protection against counterfeiting."

While few details have been released about the new substrate, the Bank does say the material will have a lower overall production cost and reduced environmental impact in comparison with the currently used cotton paper. Similar polymer notes have already been adopted in Australia, Vietnam and Mexico. According to the National Post, the polymer material is created exclusively in Australia, but printing of the notes will remain in Canada.

The Royal Canadian Mint has also announced that the loonie and the toonie will also undergo a change, which will see the coins being created using a patented multi-ply steel construction process, which is cheaper and already employed in creating nickels, dimes and quarters.


Action Comics #1, one of the rarest comic books in existence, has fetched the record US$1 million at auction, which more than doubles the previous record for a comic book.

Issue #1 of Action Comics marks the first appearance of Superman, and was first published in April 1938 (as a June issue) for a cover price of 10 cents. The auction was conducted by online company, which was sold to an anonymous New York-based buyer just one minute after the auction was posted.

The issue in question was graded by an independent firm called CGC, which gave the book a rank of 8.0 out of a possible score of 10. Even minor imperfections, damage, or even restoration efforts can drastically lower a value of a vintage comic book.

Superman was created by American Jerry Siegel and Canadian Joe Shuster. It is estimated that only 100 copies of the original run of Action Comics #1 remain today (there have been numerous reprints), and few can be categorized as 8.0 (very fine) or higher.

CNN Money: Superman comic sells for record $1 million

The Globe and Mail has announced special Olympic coverage taking the form of a Sunday edition in the Vancouver region. During those weeks, the paper will become the only 7-day daily in the province.

"The Olympic Winter Games will be an historic moment for Canada and also for The Globe and Mail as we publish a Sunday edition for the first time in our history," said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail.

The paper will also boost its staff at its B.C. bureau from 16 to more than 50 during the games. The Globe and Mail is the official national newspaper supplier for the Olympic games and is owned by CTVglobemedia, which also owns CTV, the official Canadian network for the Games in Vancouver.

Torstar, meanwhile, will be offering The Toronto Star free at all newsstands and vending machines for the duration of the Winter Olympic Games, until March 1 and while supplies last. The campaign was announced across various media outlets including CFRB and 680 News in Toronto this week.

Worldcolor has signed a multi-year deal which extends its relationship with publishing giant Macmillan. It will involve printing approximately 800 million trade bestsellers, textbooks and mass market paperbacks and includes related warehousing and distribution services.

"The Macmillan name is one of the most distinguished in all of book publishing, which makes us even more proud to be able to renew and extend our valued relationship with this important customer," said Kevin J. Clarke, President of Worldcolor's Publishing Services Group. 

Macmillan includes imprints such as St. Martin's Press, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Tor, Forge, Bedford/St. Martin's, and W.H. Freeman and Worth Publishers.

"We are happy to renew our relationship because we know that Worldcolor has the capacity and resources to serve our needs, and the ability to help us adapt to changes in our markets, said John Sargent, Macmillan's Chief Executive Officer. "We see increasing demand for shorter-runs, quicker productions turns, better distribution and innovative technology solutions. We will partner with Worldcolor to continue to drive innovation and efficiency in book production and distribution."

THP Greeting CardsFood-assistance programs across Canada will receive 100 percent of the net proceeds from The Printing House’s Seasonal Greeting Card campaign, which last year raised more than $70,000.

For more than 15 years, The Printing House (TPH) has produced seasonal greeting cards in support of various registered Canadian charities. Because the entire production of the greeting cards is donated, including artwork, stock and printing, TPH is able to give 100 percent of the selling price to the chosen charities.  The cards, starting at $1.35 each, can be imprinted with standard greetings, blank or customized with a personal message.

This year, the Toronto-based company has chosen to fight hunger and will donate the proceeds to food programs – run by organizations like the Amethyst Women's Addiction Centre, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, HomeBridge Youth Society and the Daily Bread Food Bank – in Canadian cities that hold TPH operations. The company, which donated $70,742.12 to the selected 2008 charities, has 70 locations across Canada.

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New York-based On Demand Books LLC, which makes the Espresso Book Machine, announces an agreement with Google to access over 2-million public-domain titles in the Google digital files repository. This adds to the preexisting 1.6-million titles available to consumers via the Espresso Book Machine (EBM).

EMB locations in Canada include the University of Alberta bookstore, McMaster University bookstore, McGill’s McLennan Library, University of Waterloo bookstore, while machines are scheduled for placement with Books Inn Inc. of Miramchi, NB, and Oscar’s Art Bookstore in Vancouver.

According to the U.K.’s Telegram newspaper: “On-demand prints will cost around $8, with Google taking and On Demand taking $1 each, the retailer earning $3, and the remaining revenue going toward covering the costs of materials and labour.”
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