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  • On the Newsstand, Audited Magazines Continue to Slide

    On the Newsstand, Audited Magazines Continue to Slide

    Generally, observers have been focusing on the sad performance of the past five-plus years, where total units are off by more than 40% and dollars by more than 30%.  The New Single Copy decided to take a look at our review of the first half of 2003, ten years ago.  Then, total unit sales for audited magazines were nearly 474 million copies.  This year it's 250,000.  That's a drop of 47.2%.  Retail dollars went from more than $1.5 billion to $967 million, slipping 36.7%, and that's without any adjustment for inflation.  Another point: The preliminary data for the first half of 2003 was based on 537 magazines with any single copy sales.  This year the AAM reports contained only 346.  Publishers seem to be making an emphatic statement about their confidence or lack of it in the retail marketplac

    by John Harrington
    Posted August 15, 2013
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  • BoSacks Readers Speak Out: Facts on Mag Circ, IDEAlliance Response:  Magazine Ad Revenues Plunge

    BoSacks Readers Speak Out: Facts on Mag Circ, IDEAlliance Response: Magazine Ad Revenues Plunge

    BoSacks Readers Speak Out: Facts on Mag Circ, IDEAlliance Response:  Magazine Ad Revenues…

    by BoSacks Readers
    Posted August 09, 2013
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  • On Sustainability, Publishing, and Paper

    Last week I had the privilege of attending what was called an executive sustainability summit in the Hearst tower. I went into this meeting thinking that I pretty much understood the important parts of sustainability in relationship to the publishing industry. I am here today to tell that I was wrong and that I didn't know half of what I need to know on what that issue is all about, nor did I have a clue to the legal responsibilities for our corporations in respect to the process.

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted May 02, 2013
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  • Newsweek and Newsweeklies: It's Content that Matters, Mr. Diller

    Barry Diller made an interesting commentOpens in a new window on Monday when he said, "I wish I hadn't bought Newsweek, It was a mistake." It seems Mr. Diller does not yet understand that it is the value of the content provided to the public and not the perceived value of the property that makes one publication survive and thrive, while another crashes and burns.

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted May 01, 2013
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  • Does the 'end of print' mean the end of thinking?

    There is an article circulating the net called 'Out of Print' Doc Examines The End of Print Books and What It PortendsOpens in a new window that presents some thoughts about the “destructive” nature of the digital invasion into the lives of our children. I do question the veracity of the subject, although I hear much of the same when I travel and give lectures on the future of reading.

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted April 29, 2013
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  • Paywall Reflections, Intelligent Content and Native Advertising from Forbes

    Looking at the New York Times Paywalls over the past two years, Intelligent Content and Forbes leading in Native Advertising.

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted April 08, 2013
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  • What is a Publisher?

    Most of us who read this magazine are in the word business. We are so sophisticated at this business that our expertise in wordsmanship has actual monetary value. People are willing to pay in one way or another for the clever and useful words we produce. I would add to that that we, and perhaps musicians, are one of the few industries that don't actually produce a physical product.

    by Bob Sacks
    Posted April 08, 2013
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