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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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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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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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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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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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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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