R. R. Donnelley's Press Of New Business

The six billion dollar printer Donnelley thrives by seizing electronic tools

As he walks around a splendid Gothic-style library at the Chicago headquarters of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., John R. Walter proudly points to museum-quality material--everything from Ming Dynasty currency to leaves from The Canterbury Tales. The 48-year-old chairman pulls out an inaugural issue of Life magazine dated Nov. 23, 1936. But as he turns the aging pages, he says, with a trace of irony: "This isn't relevant anymore."

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