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By Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni

The first book I read when I arrived in the United States in 1978, as a graduate student, was Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise by Robert T. Elson. Joe Ripp, current CEO of Time Inc. is reading the same book now. Not that he needs to, but it is a very good refresher history into the ins and outs of a company that was, is and always will be more than “just a magazine company.”  Continue reading

By Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni

“I’m most concerned with the store level conditions in merchandising. That’s where the rubber meets the road in execution. We can come up with these great ideas, but if they’re not executed at the store level, it doesn’t really matter.” Will Michalopoulos  Continue reading



July 31 (Bloomberg) –- Hearst Magazines President David Carey and Marketing President Michael Clinton discuss increasing advertising revenue, print innovation and investing in digital. They speak on “Market Makers.” Continue to video

WESSENDEN briefing  No. 173, July 2014 contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The US magazine business is facing a double whammy of relentlessly falling newsstand sales and a supply chain which continues to teeter on the edge of collapse (see "consolidation in US wholesaling": Page 7).  The dire situation prompted an article from Jay Annis of specialist publisher Taunton Press, which was recently published in The New Single Copy and which touches on a number of issues which have some echoes here in the UK as Jay looks at two questions... Continue reading

By John Harrington

As featured in The New Single Copy (a Newsletter about Publishing and Publishing Distribution), Jay gives a publishers perspective on the state of the Newsstand.  Continue reading

By Karlene Lukovitz, IPDA Daily Publishing & Retail News

RetailNet Group's Keith Anderson shared insights and advice on how the magazine and book categories can rise to the crucial challenge of maintaining impulse-merchandising opportunities as format changes and digital technology transform retail stores, in a recent IPDA seminar covered by IPDA Daily Publishing/Retail News.

          Winning in the Evolving Impulse-Merchandising Environment, Part 1

          Winning in the Evolving Impulse-Merchandising Environment, Part 2

By Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni

What are some of the largest magazine media companies expecting from 2014 in the world of magazine media? What are Active Media Interest, American Media, Inc., Condé Nast, Dennis Publishing, Hearst Magazines, Heinrich Bauer USA, Meredith Corp., Rodale Inc., The Taunton Press and Time Inc. up to in 2014?  Continue reading

Print Starts to Settle Into Its Niches

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:48

The Media Equation by David Carr

Kevin Kelly is not a bumb guy - far from it actually.  As the founding executive editor of Wired and one of the people who helped build The Well, among the earliest online communities, he has done a good job of seeing what is coming next for decades.  Continue reading

By Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni

As we say goodbye to 2013, the banner year where the persistent mantra that print is dead finally subsided (I dare not murmur beneath my breath: “I told you so”), the focus of the 2014 manifesto demands the attention of the one thing I have no problem adhering to: the amplification of print in a digital age.


Who says there's no innovation in print advertising?

A print ad in the January issue of Wired will offer more interactivity than most online ads. As the video above shows, the full-page execution includes buttons that you can push to change the color of the pictured Moto X. The ad uses paper-thin components including a battery, LEDs and a keyboard-like button membrane to achieve that feat, according to a Motorola rep. Digitas created the ad, which was designed to underscore the handset's customizability.  Continue reading

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