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Author Archives: Tracy Robertson

Selling in Montreal

Dominic Papineau – Quebec Accounts Manager I was asked to talk about what I do for a living and the environment in which I live. Obviously, in the middle of our confinement during the COVID-19 health crisis, it’s a little unusual to describe my job because it does not look anything like what I am […]

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Paper Name Change

To give our product new definition and a more sophisticated identity, we are now using the exclusive names: GardaMatt Art (previously Garda Silk) GardaGloss Art (previously Garda Gloss). Rest assured it remains the same product you have come to rely on not only for smoothness, thickness, and brilliance, but for its versatility and printing excellence. For more […]

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What the Country is Reading During this Pandemic

(as written by Stephanie Merry & Stephen Johnson of The Washington Post) The Washington Post asked readers in early May and mid-August about the books that resonated with them. What follows comes from more than 1,600 submissions. This year, perhaps as never before, our reading habits reflect our precarious reality. As the country has muddled […]

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Publishers Adapt & Extend Policies to Help Educators

School Library Journal Newsletter (September 2020) Since March 2020 and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many educators have moved to remote learning and this has raised a new set of questions surrounding the reading of books aloud online and whether this is in violation of copyright laws? In response, and to help educators and […]

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by Brad Schmidt – Colour Technical Support Specialist After evaluating the other programs in the Affinity lineup, it is time to examine the final program in this collection from Serif. Affinity Publisher is the long-anticipated program in the Affinity family. The introduction of Affinity Designer in October 2014 was an interesting addition to the market, […]

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The Importance of Literacy

How would you define literacy? Most people would say that it is the ability to read and write ….and that would be true according to a simple dictionary definition. But literacy is more about the substance behind learning the alphabet and forming sentences. It is a powerful tool, and when used effectively, it enables us […]

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Enhanced Experience for MyBooks Users

Ryan Hildebrand, Canadian Sales Manager MyBooks is our online customer portal for managing projects. We continue to develop new tools and provide updates to improve our customers’ experience when using MyBooks. In the past few months, we have made some changes. Following is a list of updates made in recent months: 1. Cover templates – […]

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Create Memorable Covers with our new MGI JETvarnish & Foil Machine

Scott Sinnett, U.S. Sales Manager We are excited to announce that a new Konica Minolta MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution (UV) machine was installed at Friesens in May. This second JETvarnish machine is adding more capacity to the MGI JETvarnish machine we installed two years ago in our cover decorating department. We are already running live […]

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Friesens’ Response to COVID-19

Chad Friesen, CEO “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles Swindoll. I’ve thought about this quote often over the last few months. In  early  March,  when  we  accepted  that  COVID-19  would  spread  across  North  America,  our  lives  started  to  change  rapidly.  The  weeks  that  followed  were  […]

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What’s Happening in Friesens Marketing?

Odia Reimer, Corporate Marketing Manager Change  is  afoot  at  Friesens,  and  if  you  have  been  following  our story over the years, this is not a new thing for us. We are always shifting and changing to adapt to what is happening in the print landscape. Along with new equipment, one of the more recent changes […]

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