We publish two newspapers in coastal Hancock County, Maine, operate a commercial newspaper press and offer a number of other print and online marketing services.
The Ellsworth American has been published continuously in Ellsworth, Maine since 1851. Its sister weekly, the Mount Desert Islander, commenced publication in Bar Harbor in 2001. Together, these two newspapers reach some 13,113 families, primarily in Hancock County. Thirty percent of these families purchase their newspapers weekly in area stores and
the remainder have their newspapers delivered either to their home via the U.S. Postal Service or to their computer or mobile device via digital delivery.
The American and Islander websites attract more than 30,000 visits each week with an engaging mix of hard news, sports and lifestyle coverage. Subscribers have access to the websites and weekly e-editions.
Online features include classified advertising and a vibrant event calendar. A high concentration of online readers live, work and spend money in Hancock County.
The Ellsworth American has been named best large weekly newspaper by the Maine Press Association six of the past ten years, by the New England Newspaper and Press Association eight of the past ten years and was named third best in the nation by the National Newspaper Association in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. In the past five years, The Mount Desert Islander has been named best small weekly in Maine six times, best in New England three times and best in the nation twice. In 2017, The American was named best community newspaper website, daily and weekly, in the nation by the National Newspaper Association.
Commercial printing customers include six other weekly newspapers in Downeast Maine, as well as a number of monthly newsletters for businesses and non-profits, including the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Hill Co op and Ellsworth and MDI YMCAs.