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Magazine Launches in 2014

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM

In the news: How do magazine launches stack up against magazine closures in the first half of the year?

MediaFinder.com has released its magazine launch numbers for the first half of 2014. To sum up, there were 93 magazine launches and just 30 closures. Particularly hot were the regional interest category, with 6 new print titles, and business-to-magazines with 15 new titles. Meanwhile, 13 of the 30 closures were auto enthusiast magazines published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network (formerly Source Interlink Media). Read more here.

Also Notable

Are Readers Leaving Print Behind?

In a July 20 NYTimes.com piece, David Carr writes, "I am a faithful reader of The Journal's and The Times's print edition.... But when big things happen, I stay glued to the web, at The Times and other great news sites. Nothing can compete with the shimmering immediacy of now." Read his commentary on "the train ... that left print behind" here.

The New Yorker Relaunches Online

Recently, The New Yorker relaunched its website. Online has always been a challenging endeavor for the magazine, which prides itself on careful copy editing and fact checking. Online editor Nicholas Thompson tells CapitalNewYork.com, "What we're trying to do is to make a website that is to the Internet what the magazine is to all other magazines." According to the CapitalNewYork.com piece, "At this point, most New Yorker employees have both print and web duties: including fiction editor Deborah Treisman, who records a podcast, and the print editors, who write web headlines for their stories." Read more about the relaunch here.

"Netflixing" Hearst's Video Content

This month, Hearst unveiled its new magazine video channel. "CosmoBody" will feature daily fitness and lifestyle videos and editorial content. Subscribers pay $9.95 per month for unlimited access to the (as of now) ad-free content, similar to the Netflix model. Hearst plans to develop other digital magazine channels in the future. Read more here.

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