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Holiday Gift Book Guide for Papermakers
Each year through the entire month of December, we are inundated with “Holiday Gift Guides” touting perfect presents for almost everyone on your shopping list. Yet there is one special group of people I rarely see addressed specifically: papermakers, and those who support them. A one-year membership in the Jelly of the Month club might be fine for all the Clark Griswolds in your life, but what about the millwrights, service reps, superintendents, team leaders, project managers—everyone from the mill floor to the C-suite offices who dedicate their careers to producing the pulp, paper, and packaging that improve our lives?
Here at Ahead of the Curve, we think a printed book is the perfect solution. Yes, graphic paper markets are still in trouble. But gifting books in print is not about saving the sector—it’s about acknowledging that, though its complete demise has been long predicted, paper and print is still a media with a history and an emotional connection that showcases why paper is important. As noted in the recent survey from Two Sides North America, “Print and Paper in a Digital World,” consumers view information printed on paper as more trusted, more secure, and better for us than constantly gazing at a screen. In addition, “Printed books were preferred across all age groups, followed by tablets at 15 percent. 73 percent of those surveyed believe reading a printed book is more enjoyable than reading a book on an electronic device, including 72 percent of the 18-24 year olds,” says the report (which is available here.)
Anyone on your gift list would enjoy a book! But here are a few that may particularly appeal to the papermakers in your life:
Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated
The Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists (aka “the Smook Book”.)
On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes.
Dard Hunter: The Graphic Works, by Lawrence Kreisman.
Arnold Grummer's Complete Guide To Easy Paper Making, by Arnold Grummer.
The Cardboard Box Book: Make Robots, Princess Castles, Cities, and More!
Feel free to share this column with anyone who needs a hint about last-minute book ideas for the papermakers in their lives. We here at Ahead of the Curve will be taking next week off—to read books, of course! (We may also be recycling some holiday delivery boxes and wrapping papers into a super-cool rocket ship.) Thank you for reading Ahead of the Curve.
For a modest investment of $174, receive more than US$ 1000 in benefits in return.