Personalized magazine turns athletes into cover stars

For most age groupers and amateur athletes, being featured on the cover of a magazine is an elusive dream. The Swiss magazine ‘Fit for Life’ has found a way to change that. It offers readers and subscribers the opportunity to upload their own winning shots for a personalized cover – thanks to digital printing technology.

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Meganews kiosk prints news on demand

Newspaper and magazine publishers have been exploring new concepts to bridge the digital world and the world of tangible print products. A noteworthy innovation: Meganews developed a print-on-demand newsstand that delivers magazines directly to the customer. It thus reduces returned copies and saves resources for publishers and retailers. By printing only the copies that are actually bought, Meganews also lowers the environmental impact of newsprint.

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HP Brazil’s campaign helps find missing persons

When a person goes missing, time becomes a highly critical factor. The sooner the information about a missing person can be disseminated, the higher are the chances the person can be found. The NGO Mães da Sé aims to provide assistance to affected families and to mothers in particular who have to cope with missing children. Now, the NGO receives help from HP Brazil through the Imprima para Ajudar (Print to help) campaign.

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Personalized airline magazine grabs readers’ attention

The passengers of a TAM airline flight from Milan to Sao Paulo were in for a surprise. On each seat, there was an onboard magazine featuring a picture of the passenger assigned to the specific seat on the cover. The content was personalized with articles about each passenger’s hobbies, favorite destinations and friends – made possible with the help of Facebook.

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Customized packaging for individualized cereal

When the three students created MyMuesli.com, an online shop for individualized cereal, it quickly became a much talked about phenomenon. Their customers can combine 80 ingredients and create 566 trillion different cereal mixes ranging from oats with raisins to coconut with goji berries. Now, they are offering customized cans that are printed right in the shop in one of their flagship stores in Heidelberg, Germany.

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German lingerie maker benefits from 3D printing

When thinking about the use of 3D printers in a manufacturing environment, the first company that comes to mind is probably an engineering firm rather than a producer of high-end lingerie and swimwear. An impression that Anita Dr. Helbig is about to correct. The company is using a 3D printer for tooling and prototyping and has realized considerable time and cost savings.

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Would you like a coffee with your book?

Printing-on-demand and personalization are big trends in the printing industry and thus, it is not surprising that publishers, libraries and bookstores are adopting this technology. For example, the Espresso Book Machine prints full-color paperbacks within minutes in stores, libraries or coffee shops from a vast digital network of millions of titles.

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