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May 11, 2021

Artificial Intelligence in Book Manufacturing

By Scott Cherewayko, Continuous Improvement Leader When we think of buying items that are “handcrafted,” it often comes with the expectation of them being singular and unique. When it comes to manufacturing, our goal is to take out the variations “handcrafted” generates, and introduce precise, predictable and perfect outcomes. At Friesens, we continue to explore […]

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February 09, 2021

Places We Sell – Western United States

By Duncan McCallum, (Sales) Spectrum Books Friesens has seventeen sales offices across Canada and the United States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Each of these territories are unique and interesting, not only in the areas they cover, but also in the customers we serve and the different sales personalities that service them. In the […]

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February 09, 2021

Affinity Software Suite

By Brad Schmidt – Colour Technical Support Specialist The Affinity software suite has been a slow but steadily developing story in the publishing industry that I have been watching since the introduction of Affinity Designer. It is great to have a full compliment of tools for page design, photo manipulation, and illustration. These tools are […]

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November 25, 2020

Immigration Matters to Friesens Corporation

Please watch the video below to find out how global talent helped build Friesens and resulted in a “win-win solution” for our organization, the local community, and the newcomers themselves. In 2019, The Government of Canada recognized Friesens Corporation for its support and training of newcomers to Canada, one of three employer awards given out […]

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November 03, 2020

Spotlight on Louise Glück – Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

“Writing is a kind of revenge against circumstance too: bad luck, loss, pain. If you make something out of it, then you’ve no longer been bested by these events.”  – Louise Glück The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Louise Glück (pronounced Glick) on October 8, 2020 “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with […]

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November 03, 2020

Progress on Capital Plans and Building Plans for 2020

– Byron Loeppky, Senior VP of Book Division This is the last of 3 years planned for significant capital upgrades.  Some equipment is already installed, and other equipment is here but not installed.  Access to technicians has been difficult or impossible during the Covid crisis, which has delayed installations. Our first Perfect Binder from Muller […]

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November 03, 2020

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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October 15, 2020

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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September 29, 2020

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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September 29, 2020

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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