“Rob Ford was a larger-than-life figure whose story transcended borders. In a year of some great successes and heroics—and some great, roiling scandals—he was impossible to ignore, and the clear choice as our Newsmaker of the Year,” said Maclean’s Editor Mark Stevenson.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
"We are all very excited about this new distribution deal with Gateway, it's yet another way for NOW to engage with our dedicated readership base both within, and outside, of the downtown core," says NOW Editor/Publisher, Michael Hollett [in a release].
NOW Editor/CEO, Alice Klein, agrees saying "We are beyond thrilled to say that after 32 years of publishing NOW, our paper will be available in the TTC for readers to pick up and enjoy while riding the subway and going about their daily routines."
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Coast to Coast outsources regional sales and back office functions to Jim Pattison-owned Comag Marketing Group
The changes, which are effective January 1, are understood to affect 14 of the 28 employees, though some of the regional sales managers will be moving to CMG. Although a special announcement circulated to customers yesterday did not say so, effectively CTC, one of Canada's leading national distributors, has been taken over by Comag. Details of the deal were not available.
Glenn Morgan, the president and CEO, will continue to run the company, and it will maintain its headquarters in Toronto; from the perspective of publishers who are clients of CTC, it is said to be business as usual for now, with all manager, account execs, the marketing department, IT and publisher payables remaining in Toronto.
Headed by Canada's fifth richest man, according to Canadian Business magazine, with a net worth of $7.4 billion. JPG bought CMG from Hearst Corporation and Condé Nast Publications, Inc. last January. CMG had been jointly owned by the two publishing giants since 2000, providing sales, marketing and promotional services in the mass market, direct-to-retail and specialty market channels. CMG represents over 20% of the single copy market for magazines in North America.
JPG is a privately owned BC-based conglomerate which also owns North America's largest magazine and book wholesaler, the News Group.It is involved in automotive, media, packaging, food sales and distribution, magazine distribution, entertainment, export and financial industries and with more than 35,000 employees, the Jim Pattison Group is the second largest private company in Canada. It owns TNG, North America's largest magazine and book wholesaler as well CMG.
"Like all in the newsstand, network distributors are actively seeking ways to cost effectively streamline operations. Utilizing the collective experience and abilities of Genera and CMB affords Coast to Coast the opportunity to realize significant efficients and economies of scale," said the announcement.
Labels: single copies
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Mag world view: Farm stake; 200th Stylist; Spanish Icon; Print Pitchfork; doomed Wiki case
- Farm Journal Media Takes Stake in Professional Info Co. (Audience Development)
- Stylist magazine marks 200th issue with Miranda Hart and Nigella Lawson (Guardian)
- Hanley Wood Introduces New Video Player and Marketing Tools (Audience Development)
- Spanish edition of Mondadori’s Icon launched (FIPP)
- What’s Really Changed at Time Inc.? (Audience Development)
- Why Pitchfork is adding a print prong to its repertoire (Mr. Magazine)
- DoJ admits Assange case is doomed because WikiLeaks is a journalistic entity (paidContent)
Labels: world view
Among the magazine singles and subs available are Better Homes & Gardens, The Economist, Esquire, Fast Company, Forbes, Game Informer, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Shape, TIME, Vanity Fair and WIRED. There are something like 1,900 free and paid, full-length publications.
The online site reaches 150,000 unique visitors online and the 160-page print extension is a compilation of original material and some "greatest hits" from the magazine. It features George Saunders, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sheila Heti, filmmaker Xavier Dolan, Joseph and Amanda Boyden, among many others.
The editor is Christopher Frey, editor-in-chief of Hazlitt and the director of digital publishing at Random House of Canada who is a five-time National Magazine Award winner. The art director is Jeremy Laing, a Toronto designer who launched his own eponymous clothing line in 2005 and was a finalist for France's prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award.
Hazlitt was launched in August 2012 and, in addition to online content, produces a weekly arts, culture and current affairs podcast called The Arcade and e-books under the Hazlitt Originals brand.
Labels: print and web
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"I truly believe that for a strong literature to emerge, writers need opportunities, they need doors to open, support in the from grants and nominations, all of which translates into visibility. If not, some writers will lose the opportunity, at crucial stages of their career, to perfect their craft. Literature is a craft that requires time, commitment, a paycheque at the right moment, publisher support, and intelligent critical response. Certainly, the astonishing works created by women writers in the 20th-century are a testament to this fact."-- Writer Madeleine Thien, speaking at the LiterASIAN festival, a fundraiser for Ricepaper magazine. She was talking about need such a magazine fills. She was briefly editor of the magazine starting in 1999. [h/t to the National Post]
Monday, November 25, 2013
In the newly drafted agreement, signed by all the parties involved except one company going through bankruptcy, the original $18 million settlement cap will be eliminated on what writers can receive for their archived work, which includes articles that go back to the 1980s.
"The revised settlement provides a substantial benefit: millions of dollars in cash payments to class members who submitted valid claims," said the filing with the U.S. District Court for southern New York.
Publishers in the lawsuit included Reed Elsevier , New York Times Co, News Corp's DowJones & Co, Thomson Reuters Corp and Knight Ridder, which was bought by McClatchy Co in 2006.
Defendant Cengage Learning, formerly known as the Gale Group, is in bankruptcy proceedings and needs approval from the bankruptcy court to enter into the agreement, the document said.
"After a well-deserved period of rest and relaxation (rehab and restitution, shurely!–ed.), we’ve resumed our mission to expose the guilty, provoke the greedy and mock the powerful....
"To commemorate the reigniting of national Frank, we're offering subscribers an authentic, first-edition, hand-painted Rob Ford Bobble-Belly™, absolutely free with a one-year subscription to Frank--online or in print."[Update: Frank closed in October 2008 when it had about 5,000 subscribers, compared with its peak circulation of 20,000. There was discussion about it coming back in blog format, with a paywall and a monthly sub price of $15. Bate was the editor from 1989 until 2005
The national Frank, based in Ottawa, was a spinoff of a Halifax-based biweekly regional publication which started in 1987 and has continued since in both print and subscription-based online form.]
“I am focusing more on publishing, because a lot of our strong brands, and the opportunities, lie there ....You’re selling it as more than just as a print magazine. You want to move it towards selling it as a contented, branded company,” Mr. Pelley says, adding that that “in the coming months” Chatelaine will move into merchandise through an association with The Shopping Channel (another Rogers Media property).[As it turned out, Chatelaine launched its own organic coffee brand today.]Pelley also says that, if he has his way (and it seems clear he intends to) he wouldn't hire someone to write for a Rogers magazine if he couldn't put them on radio and television, too.
He wants the public to encounter Rogers’ brands at every turn and the magazine division offers a wealth of source material for that endeavor.[Note to Rogers magaziners: Brush up your multimedia presentation skills.]
[photo: Peter J. Thompson, National Post]
Controlled magazine The Crossing Guide to circulate in lower BC to lure Canadian shoppers to northwest Washington
The controlled circ magazine will distribute 30,000 copies starting Boxing Day in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Sidney, Vancouver, on most BC Ferries and the Victoria to U.S. ferry, plus having an online presence. The goal is to expose potential customers to Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish Counties. The magazine will focus on shopping, recreation and entertainment.
A full page 4-colour ad in the 100-page magazine is $2,500, according to its online rate card and it is offering half pages for $850 through to the end of November.
Publisher Marisa Papetti owns the Bellingham, Washington marketing firm fifthonsixth Inc. and she says that she found it was difficult for local companies -- particularly those in downtowns, rather than at big box malls -- to reach the Canadian market. There is more to Northwest Washington than Costco.
According to a story in the Bellingham Herald, shopping trips by Canadians in Whatcom County have quadrupled since 2007, some 310,000 vehicles passed through the five border crossings this summer.
The percentage of those interviewed that listed shopping as the primary reason for crossing the border was 45 percent, up from 19 percent in 2007.Among the attractions for Canadians is that, with the dollar at or near par, they are finding how much they can save. And the increasing popularity of the NEXUS card gets travellers through the border more quickly.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
[2005 file photo/Journal de Montreal]
She served as vice-president for the magazine section of Quebecor from 1994 and 2000 during which she managed several high-profile Quebec magazines including Clin d'oeil.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Mag world view: copyright; single copies; premature funeral; biggest BW; interns all work no pay; ad transformation
- Copyright in a digital era: The rise and rise of CCC (Scholarly Kitchen)
- All you need to know about newsstands and single copy sales (Mr. Magazine)
- AAM President Mike Lavery Retiring in 2014 (Audience Development)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Funeral of Print Media (Dead Tree Edition)
- Businessweek Drops Biggest Issue Since 1999 (Audience Development)
- Music Site Pitchfork Launches Print Mag (Folio:)
- Interns: all work, no pay (Guardian)
- Bonnier, Dave Zinczenko Partner on Books Deal (Folio:)
- Bauer plots web magazine launch (Media Week)
- “Five Ways the Advertising Industry Is About to Transform” (Nieman Journalism Lab)
- Bob Woodward wishes Snowden had come to him instead (Romenesko)
Labels: world view
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Observers have long been skeptical about the value of Maxim itself. Maxim’s declining advertising and circulation and Darden’s plans to expand the brand to TV, radio and music platforms notwithstanding, Maxim remains a print-driven business, and keeping that going will require substantial investment. The 2 million-circulation monthly magazine would come with subscription liabilities—the cost to fulfill multi-year subscriptions that have already been paid for—which could run as high as $30 million.
Founder and publisher Pasquale Cusano said this of his 15 years of publishing:
"I have made it our mandate to consistently give young people with little formal experience the opportunity to work at NUVO. As I tell the team, NUVO is the stage—now how are you going to perform? We laugh, we fight, we eat, we share espressos, we create, we experiment, but only together can we send each issue out."
"We decided that the magazine's 15 years should be reflected in this issue but that it should not dominate it."NUVOmagazine.com will feature a weekly anniversary series and she said the anniversary issue has a new look as art director Mark Reynolds has reinterpreted the NUVO package.
"The bones are as strong as ever, the skin refreshed and revitalized with an envious glow".
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Canada's oldest magazine, The Canadian Sportsman, to cease publishing in December
The president of Sportswood Printing, Gary Foerster, places much of the blame for a severe contraction of the industry and a decline in advertising and sub revenue squarely on the Ontario Liberal government. It decided, on very short notice, to scrap a revenue-sharing agreement for slot machines at racetracks, knocking out a support that had been buttressing the horse racing industry for several years.
"Several factors have led to this very difficult decision," said Foerster. "Print magazines face unprecedented challenges in the digital age and the demographics served by the magazine pose their own unique challenges...."
"Our major source of advertising revenue has traditionally come from Ontario horse breeders. Since the Ontario Liberal government under then Premier Dalton McGuinty announced in 2012 that it was scrapping the Slots At Racetrack Program (SARP) in just a matter of months, the breeders have suffered dramatic losses. The adverse financial circumstances visited on the breeders, and the industry at large, have been reflected in our advertising sales and subscription revenue which have plummeted to the point where, after nearly a century and a half, this magazine is no longer economically viable."
"The current Ontario government has announced some details of a plan designed to support racing on a vastly reduced scale. Regrettably, we do not envision a scenario whereby our publication can continue to exist."Read more »
Monday, November 18, 2013
Canadian Home Workshop closed by Cottage Life Media, after 37 years of publication
|The final cover|
"After more than 37 years of publishing, it is with great regret that we announce the final edition of Canadian Home Workshop with our Winter 2013 issue," said a letter to advertisers, signed by editor Douglas Thomson and publisher and CEO Al Zikovitz.
"Although Canadian Home Workshop has continued to attract a loyal audience of passionate readers, the ability to sustain a viable revenue model is not possible in today's fragmented media environment."Subscribers' remaining issues will be fulfilled by Family Handyman magazine, published by Reader's Digest Association Inc.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
The judge also accepted Google's argument that they were making research easier for students, libraries and researchers and that the digitization was "transformative" and, by making "snippets" of text available, was likely to boost rather than reduce book sales. It essentially argued that it was more akin to a digital card catalogue.
The Authors Guild, which brought the suit, was naturally disappointed, but plans to appeal.
"Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world's valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works," [executive director Paul] Aiken said. "Such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense."Curiously, in all the reporting about the case, I haven't seen any evidence that the scanning actually led to an increase in book sales.
Rebecca Philps leaves Vancouver for Toronto Life; art director partner goes with her
In a memorandum to staff, John Burns, the editor-in-chief of Vancouver, referred to the changes as "bittersweet" and said that they'll be difficult to replace.
"Rebecca and Brennan have been here for 18 years between them and together hold a strong institutional memory for this place and for the many colourful characters who've passed through. I'm sad to see them go -- they've been a big part of our editorial success and of my joy in working here -- and I'm also thrilled to see them embrace the many opportunities that Toronto will offer them."
Thursday, November 14, 2013
“I’ve noticed much more interest in how you use paper and how you use ink on paper, and experimenting with getting more from it. Because if you’re going to invest in putting your content into paper, then you need to make the most of it and I think there’s a real renaissance now in how content is delivered on paper.”
Mag world view: Not so Lucky; courting Hispanics; Hugo Lindgren out at NYT Mag; 6 out at Time Out
- Lucky editor zapped by commenters about Dec/Jan cover (WWD)
- paidContent Moving to Gigaom, Indefinitely (Audience Development)
- Alastair Campbell: I hate what Dacre and Murdoch have done to journalism (Guardian)
- All You Courts Hispanic Market With Custom Magazine (Audience Development)
- The Hollywood Reporter Breaks Out New Style Vertical (Folio:)
- FSS Contractor Defrauded USPS, Whistleblower Says (Dead Tree Edition)
- Grand View Media Buys Shooting Sports Retailer Magazine (Folio:)
- Why Fox News and the Wall Street Journal Reward Their Pundits for Being Wrong About Everything (Alternet via Media Matters)
- Hugo Lindgren is out as editor of 'The New York Times Magazine' (Capital New York)
- Six lose their jobs at 'Time Out New York' to 'leverage global efficiencies' (Capital New York)
- Bauer Media Group buys New Zealand magazines (FIPP)
Labels: world view
“I think this business of getting people to write for free is obscene, and it’s a kind of cultural serfdom that’s wrong, especially for places that can find a way to pay."-- New Yorker editor David Remnick, speaking to New York University students...(he then clammed up when someone pointed out that his owners, Conde Nast, was ending internships.)
Quote, unquote: Living in a world saturated with details
"In a world humming with “meaningful moments,” how do we maintain that meaning? How many shootings before we rally for gun control or just forget it's a problem altogether? How many natural disasters need to decimate a country before we start thinking critically about global warming or we decide it's “just one of those things”? It's no longer media 's job to just deliver meaningful moments; instead, we need to deliver meaningful commentary and analysis on those moments."-- Ketelyn Belyus, audience development and digital marketing manager for The Nation, writing in Folio: about why quality and engagement matter as sources of content multiply.
Canadian Business and Maclean's given gold for tablets at COPAs
Here are selected results of particular interest about magazines (detailed results for all categories available here)
Red division (consumer magazines and websites)
Best overall companion website:
Best overall online-only publication website:
- Gold -- Hazlitt
- Silver -- RedNation Online
- Gold -- Real Style Magazine
- Gold: Maclean's magazine
- Silver: Best Health
Best overall companion website:
- Gold -- CanadianBusiness.com
- Silver -- Canadian Cattlemen
- Gold -- OpenCanada.org
- Silver -- The Pain Project
- Gold -- IT World Canada
- Silver -- CGA Magazine
- Gold -- Canadian Business
- Silver -- Canadian CIO
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Several small independent magazines are joining similarly small independent literary publishers ventures in the Indie Literary Market this Saturday 16th in Toronto. It's at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Showcased are the smallest of micropresses to the biggest small presses and the bpNichol Chapbook Award ($2,000 to the author, $500 to the publisher) will be announced.
Among the small indy magazines taking part are Carousel Magazine, Exile, Rampike, subTerrain and Taddle Creek.
The event is organized by Meet the Presses, an all volunteer collective created to meet the spirit of the same-named original begun in the mid-'80s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. The current collective was founded by five local writers and small pressers who were former coordinators of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair: Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross
Labels: indy mags
Monday, November 11, 2013
Jane Francisco leaving Chatelaine to become EIC of Hearst's Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping is one of the original "seven sisters" women's magazines. It has an audience of 25 million each month and is iconically well-known for its Good Housekeeping Seal, bestowed on favoured advertisers by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
Francisco has been with Chatelaine since 2009 and what she has done with it since apparently counts big time with Hearst president David Carey.
“Jane is an incredibly versatile editor, leader and branding expert, with the experience and vision to build on the lively, friendly energy of the revamped Good Housekeeping,” Carey said. “We thank Rosemary for the work she has done stewarding this brand, one of the most respected in the media industry.”
Carey continued, “Chatelaine is the largest circulation women's magazine in Canada, and we've been highly impressed with how Jane executed a top-to-bottom modernization of the brand. We're thrilled to have her [Francisco] on the Hearst team, leading one of our core titles.”Francisco, who refers to her new title as being with "the ultimate women's magazine". was editor-in-chief of Style at Home before going to Chatelaine. Prior to that, she was founding editor-in-chief of St. Joseph’s Media’s Wish from 2004 to 2008, and was appointed editorial director of the company’s Lifestyle Group in 2006, with additional responsibility for Gardening Life and Canadian Family. In 2001, Francisco was named launch editor-in-chief of the beauty and health-focused Glow, where she served until 2004.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The print magazine will have a total distribution of 31,000, including 15,000 inserted in the west coast edition of the Globe and Mail.
Despite its name, the magazine is resolutely urban and concentrates mostly on the lower Mainland, covering home decor, fashion and design, food and outdoor life. It has more than a passing resemblance to the Avenue magazines in Calgary and Edmonton (published by Red Point Media Group).
This launch is a courageous step for Canada Wide, whose last venture into consumer print and online publishing -- Granville -- petered out. It started as a classic city magazine, then shifted to a "green" magazine, then to online only and eventually ceased altogether in January 2012, after about two and a half years. When it closed, it promised that its content would now be found in BCLiving.ca.
There is probably room in the Vancouver market for another city magazine. Vancouver Lifestyles and Vancouver View both no longer publish in print and pretty much have left the field to Transcon's Vancouver magazine and sister publication Western Living's BC edition, plus Canada Wide's own BC Home & Garden. Another competitor is H&L (Homes and Living magazine), which distributes 40,000 copies in the Vancouver market.
Tom Gierasimcsuk, the vice-president, editorial of Canada Wide told Marketing magazine a few weeks ago:
“It’s essentially to fill what we feel is a gap in the marketplace. I think there’s a real lack of a 360-degree media lifestyle brand in this space. There are great local public publications, great local blogs, but there’s nobody that offers a higher-end audience.”He said that he felt its "robust" digital presence through the established BCLiving.ca site gave it a distinct market advantage, particularly in offering advertisers "multi-platform partnerships". (The website is Canada Wide's most popular digital product, with 500,000 monthly page views.)
Here's the promotional video shown at the launch:
Mag world view: Gun mag editor fired; NYT paywall working; Press+ 4 sale; Princely editor; The Onion ends print; UK Glamour supersizes
- Guns and Ammo magazine editor forced out for gun control column (Boing Boing)
- The NYT paywall plugs the hole (Columbia Journalism Review)
- Pitchfork launches "weekly magazine" app (Audience Development)
- Radio Times launches first iPad app (Media Week)
- USPS's own words may doom its rate increases (Dead Tree Edition)
- Stack Media opts out of apps, goes responsive (Audience Development)
- RR Donnelley and Press + exploring sale (Folio:)
- UK Glamour, the handbag magazine, to publish "supersize" editions (Guardian)
- Prince Charles to guest-edit Country Life magazine (The Daily Beast)
- The Onion ends print editions (Crain's Chicago Business)
Labels: world view
Straight Goods News closes, merges with rabble.ca
Rabble.ca, based in Toronto has been providing free news content for 12 years; Straight Goods News, based in the Ottawa Valley, has been around 13 years.
Rabble.ca director of emerging media, Wayne MacPhail, said:
"Combining the strengths of both publications is great news for our shared readership, as well as for our funders and members. This merger can only enhance rabble.ca's ability to harness emerging media to tell compelling, progressive stories in new ways."
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
"The past eight months saw a flurry of activity as we pieced together 93 years of CMA history," says Mara Gulens, CMA magazine's editor-in-chief. in a press release. "It's hard to say goodbye, so we decided to go out in style with a special collector's issue."
Labels: final issues
Rob Ford's "political train wreck": Maclean's
According to a story on the online travel site Skift, until now the magazine's mission statement stated that contributors "pay the same price you do and travel unannounced, except in rare cases where it's impossible to do so." Contributors were recently informed they may request media rates from travel providers while writing stories for the magazine.
“Truth in Travel” was essential to how former editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska viewed the publication’s mission. She was known to openly disregard reader surveys that demonstrated a majority of the magazine’s readers didn’t think “truth in travel” was all that important.The policy had started eroding in 2011 when CNTraveler.com was launched and relied on lower-paid freelancers for its daily blog.
The statement was amended with “Although some of the contributors to our Daily Traveler blog engage in work outside Condé Nast Traveler that does not always follow these rules, when writing for us they adhere to our standard and are transparent about any of their affiliations and sponsorships.”
Maich will be responsible for 58 consumer, business to business and related digital assets. Among the titles for which he's now responsible are Maclean's, Chatelaine, L'actualité, FLARE, Today's Parent, HELLO! , Sportsnet, Marketing, The Medical Post, Advisor's Edge and Canadian Grocer.
"Steve not only possesses deep knowledge of the publishing industry and brand development expertise, he also has a strong vision for the future of publishing content within the evolving media landscape," said Rogers Media president Keith Pelley. "We will be counting on Steve's leadership not only within publishing, but as part of my senior leadership team, where his strategic insight will add great value across the Rogers Media organization."Maich has worked with Rogers in various capacities, including as group publisher of its consumer business magazines (Canadian Business, PROFIT and MoneySense) and editor-in-chief of Canadian Business. Before that he was executive editor of Maclean's, when Whyte was publisher. Before Rogers, he was a reporter and columnist with the National Post and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.
"I am truly honoured to have this opportunity to lead Canada's best collection of publishing brands into the next phase of their lives," said Maich. "These are challenging times in the publishing business, but also incredibly exciting times. Millions of Canadians continue to look to our brands for information, entertainment and inspiration. And we've never had more tools at our fingertips to reach our audiences, across multiple platforms, anytime and anywhere they want."The appointment come the day after Rogers Media laid off 94 people, some of them from the magazine division.
The magazine's Spring/Summer 2013 edition won platinums for cover design (print) and for magazine writing. The Fall/Winter 2012 issue received platinum awards for educational institution magazine and magazines writing. Both issues won gold awards for overall print-magazine design.
Nexus also won a silver at the 2013 Content Marketing Awards for best university publication.
Nexus is published by the law school’s advancement office, with Kate Hilton as editor-in-chief, Lucianna Ciccocioppo as executive editor, Dylan Reid as copy editor, and Nancy Reid as publication assistant, together with an award-winning freelance contributing team. Art direction is provided by Katina Constantinou of Sugar Design.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
President Keith Pelley said in a memo to employees:
“Today we made changes to our business that will allow us to continue to make investments in our priority brands and strategic growth initiatives, and better position us for the future… Decisions like these are never easy, but are necessary.”More as it is known.
According to the company, a test issue last spring resulted in about 400,000 paid orders. The website gets more than a billion annual visitors, mostly women.
While the new publication may be considered to be going against the prevailing print-to-digital stream, it also recognizes that there is a continuing appetite for beautiful, tangible printed magazines. According to a story in Adweek,
Food is also one of a few categories where advertisers are spending in print these days; food and food products advertising was one of the fastest-growing ad categories in the third quarter, with ad pages up 6.4 percent, per Publishers Information Bureau. For its launch issue, Allrecipes got ads from Diamond of California and Hershey’s, along with non-food marketers like Chevrolet and Crest.The new six-time magazine, has a guaranteed rate base of 500,000 and a subscription is $12 a year (cover price $4.99). It will be up against sub, newsstand and checkout powerhouses such as the HGTV and Food Network titles, built on established TV brands, as well as longstanding food books such as Cooking Light, Bon Appétit and Meredith's own Eating Well. Allrecipes magazine will have a TV component, The Better Show, which airs on the Hallmark Channel.
They took the business over in 1997. Michele told the Halifax magazine blog the secret to the longevity of the store is service and selection and getting to know their customers. She was asked how the business has evolved over the years:
“I don’t know that it’s changed dramatically since we've been here but there’s been a change in the newspapers that we get in and how they get here. I’d say one of the biggest changes is that we can print same day on-demand newspapers right here on the spot. I also think we are seeing more niche magazines being put out that are beautiful books, almost works of art, such as Kinfolk, Chickpea and The Gentlewoman magazines. They may be put out less frequently, but they are so beautiful and meant to be kept, almost like coffee table books or collectors’ items....
“I really think that people still enjoy relaxing with a hard copy of a magazine or newspaper. But nowadays, people spend a lot of their leisure time on-line on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc…. It’s all very addictive and it doesn’t leave as much leisure time to sit down and relax with a good magazine. Having news available on-line does affect our sales but we still have a local clientele that prefer to read the real thing.”
Rogers Media withdraws magazine titles from library service offering free downloads
Rogers Media has withdrawn most of its magazines from the service, attributing the decision to advice from the industry trade association Magazines Canada. Mark Jamison, the president of Magazines Canada said it was because of "content delivery expectations and restrictions". According to Rogers, quoted by the Globe and Mail, the decision wasn't its own, but Magazines Canada's, of which it is a prominent member and major funder.
It can't be a complete coincidence that Rogers Media's recently announced partnership with the U.S. group Next Issue Media to form Next Issue Canada is based on the intention to sell digital magazines packages, its own and as many as 100 American titles. Essentially at least part of this story is the clash between "free" distribution and "paid".
The Zinio subscriptions which libraries paid in order to be able to offer free magazines to cardholders was based on a combination of a flat license and user fees. My local library has been offering 50 titles to anyone with a valid library card, until now. Some of the more popular ones included Canadian Living, National Geographic (with interactive content), O, the Oprah Magazine, Women’s and Men’s Health, Style at Home, Maclean's, Chatelaine, the Economist, Hello! Canada, House & Home, Maxim, Zoomer and Sportsnet. As can be seen, Rogers's decision will leave a fairly large hole.
A note on the Zinio site says:
PLEASE NOTE: Effective October 2013 Rogers Publishing Group has removed the following publications from all library Zinio collections: Canadian Business, Chatelaine, Maclean's, Today's Parent and L'actualite. We are working on replacement titles.Read more »