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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

Nunavut, Canada — While Santa’s helpers ready good cheer for the globe, “Team Duffy” - Beth, Dan, and their two children Rachel and Eddie in Ontario, Canada have marshalled a continental response to airlift over 3,000 magazines and comics to Inuit children and families north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut, Canada for literacy.  Continue reading

The International Periodical Distributors Association (IPDA), issued its long-awaited white paper on "Use of Point of Sale (POS) Data with Control Sets in a Scan Based Trading (SBT) Environment."  The document is available on IPDA's website, or CLICK HERE

IPDA president Jerry Lynch says, "This document is a suggested best practice.  It is up the individual channel members to deter their implementation strategy and associated policies."  

By Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni

The print magazine is thriving and the circulation of American magazines is very stable, Michael Clinton, President, Marketing and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines, told me during his appearance as a guest at the standing room only “Samir ‘Mr. Magazine™’ Husni and Bo Sacks Show” at the Folio: Media Next Conference in New York City Monday Oct. 28. His revelations and advice may surprise you as he talks about the printed word and the digital world we live in.

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