Magazines

Mags To Their Digital Units: Drop Dead

Funny how the parallel universe works: the same magazine publishers who were touting digital last year because, well, print sucked, are now…

Rich Man

The uber-wealthy will not be left behind in the digital revolution

National Geographic Cuts Back On Adventure

As National Geographic invests in digital with the purchase of a stake in ScienceBlogs, it is also cutting back on one of its five print pub…

Bloomberg Kills BusinessWeek’s SmallBiz

As BusinessWeek’s first issue under Bloomberg is prepared to hit the newsstands, the magazine’s bimonthly sibling, SmallBiz, will no longer…

Report: Nielsen Mag Sale Could Come Friday

A sale of Nielsen’s b2b mag titles to James Finkelstein’s News Communications could come as soon as Friday, TheWrap continues to insist, eve…

Playboy CFO Linda Havard Steps Down

With some activity on the sale front appearing to be in full swing, Playboy Enterprises (NYSE: PLA) says CFO Linda Havard will step down on…

Which.co.uk Paid Subs Up 11 Percent In A Year

It may seem a tall order for newspaper companies to profit from raising online paywalls across their online news, but it’s worth remembering…

Quadrangle Hands Lad Mag Maxim To Creditors

As expected, Maxim magazine’s parent Alpha Media Group is being handed over by owner Quadrangle Group to a group of its investors, including…

Newsweek.com Editor Will Tacy Is Out

After just six months as editor Newsweek.com, Will Tacy is leaving the company, paidContent has learned. A rep for the weekly mag confirmed…

Google Book Search Expands To Magazines

Having finally settled with book publishers about scanning and indexing hundreds of thousands of books, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has set its sigh…

Campaign India Launches Website

The Indian version of the Haymarket group publication Campaign went online earlier this month. Campaign India targets the advertising and ma…

India To Finally Get Wired

Well, Wired as in the magazine, and (unfortunately) not a growth in fixedline/broadband penetration. Conde Nast will launch the iconic Wired…

The Knot Buys Local Pregnancy Guide The Bump

No, not a joke or a wordplay, but wedding lifestyle network The Knot has bought The Bump, a magazine and website focused on pregnancy issues…

Rolling Stone Rolls Into India

[by Cerius Shah] The iconic magazine that launched Hunter S Thompson, P.J. O’Rourke and Tom Wolfe amongst others is coming to Indian stands…

Club JAM: Just Another Online Community?

Agencyfaqs reports that JAM Magazine has launched an online community called Club JAM. JAM Magazine has launched an online community called…

Emap: Sell-Off Moves Into Second Round

From our sister site paidContent:UK: A group of private equity houses and rival media companies have made it through to the second round of…

Chandamama Plans Portal

Chandamama, the 60 year old childrens publication which was acquired by Geodesic Information Systems earlier this year, appears to be going…

ICICI Venture Looking To Exit Infomedia

Notz Stucki, a European asset management company is in line, alongwith PE funds including General Atlantic, Blackstone and Warburg Pincus fo…

Magazines Online: A Brief Essay

I wrote the short essay below for a report we co-authored with min called “The State of Digital Media,” focusing on the magazine industry’s…

The Industry Standard is Coming Back, Maybe

As Business 2.0 closes, another of the old names is being dusted off and will possibly make a comeback: The Industry Standard, at TheStandar…

EFY Group Launches E-Commerce Portal

The EFY Group has launched EFYbonanza, an ecommerce portal for technology products and accessories, reports exchange4media. I just checked t…

Emap Buys 40 Percent Stake in NextGen

Emap, the biggest UK magazine publisher, has become the latest UK media company to invest in the Indian market, investing $7.5 million (Rs.…

Forbes.com’s Page Views Pressure

This Observer story is a bit of a hit job, if you ask me, but there is some underlying truth to the point about Forbes.com being very focuse…

Ziff’s Last NewsStand Cover

Probably. Folio has a cover story on Ziff Davis in its latest issue, about the troubles it has been through, the challenges it is facing goi…

Earnings: Primedia Posts 1Q Revenue Declines

As Primedia (NYSE: PRM) continues to search for a buyer for its Enthusiast publishing unit, the company said 1Q ad revenue declined 1.2 perc…

Rodale Acquires Running Times Magazine

Rodale, the owner of Runner’s World magazine, has acquired that publication’s rival, Fitness Publishing’s Running Times. Rodale will take co…

Variety Drops Subscription Wall

Variety.com, one of the longstanding premium subscription sites, which had been opening step-by-step over the last year, has now completely…

VNU Rebrands As 'The Nielsen Company'

As it prepares to undergo a major restructuring, VNU announced today it is changing its name to The Nielsen Company. Last May, Amsterdam-bas…

Motorcycle.com Bought by VerticalScope

VerticalScope, a Toronto-based publisher of auto enthusiast magazines and sites, has bought out Motorcycle.com, the motorcycle enthusiast de…

The State Of Magazine Websites

(via Buzzmachine) The Bivings Group, which earlier this year did a comprehensive review of newspaper websites, has done it again with the ma…

On Why Reader’s Digest Deal Makes Sense

Simon Dumenco, the gadfly columnist at AdAge, ruminates about why Reader’s Digest sale makes sense, and what it means in juxtaposition with…

Meredith Acquires ReadyMade Magazine, Site

Meredith, the publisher of Better Homes and Gardens and Ladies’ Home Journal, is buying out ReadyMade, a “sort of younger, hipper Martha Ste…

Forbes.com Responds To NYT Bitchslap

Forbes.com CEO has written to NYT editor about the story NYT did on Aug 28th (and we wrote about it here), questioning the site’s traffic nu…

FHM Axes Five From Staff; Focus on Online

eMap Metro-owned U.S. men’s magazine FHM has fired five from its editorial staff, including Anthony Wright, its founding fashion director. F…

The Story Behind Forbes.com’s Numbers

This was a story someone had to do, and has been an head-scratching open secret in the industry: where are Forbes.com numbers coming from? A…

More on Forbes Stake Sale

Some more reaction stories to Forbes selling a significant minority stake (we covered the news here last night):
— AdAge: Steve Forbes disp…

Esquire.com Opens Up Site

For those of you keeping count, here’s another one: Esquire.com, which had a premium service through KeepMedia, has opened up its acrhives f…

Vibe Bought by PE Firm Wicks

The speculation on Vibe’s future has come to end, for now: the urban lifestyle magazine and website has been bought by Wicks Group, a New Yo…

UK’s Natmags Forms Digital Division

High time: UK’s National Magazine Company, a division of Hearst Magazines, is to launch an online operation to move its magazines online…T…

Cygnus May Be on the Block

B2B media firm Cygnus Business Media is looking for a buyer, Folio reports…the deal is at the stage where potential buyers are preparing a…

Forbes Looking For Investor?

So says an AdAge story, citing sources, but Forbes denies it. It says that the family-run magazine company is quietly seeking investors to b…

UK Music Mag NME To Launch P2P Music Service

NME.com, the website of UK music mag NME, will launch a P2P online music service, which will raise some eyebrows. It is a white-label servic…

Jann Wenner On Magazines’ Digital Future

He seems unsure, yet bullish on print..in an interview with WSJ, Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal and Us magazine, say…

Seed Media Gets Another $1.8 Million

The science magazine company Seed Media Group, which runs Seed magazine, has received another round of funding…it has raised $1.8 million…

101Communications Bought By 1105 Media

The numbers have merged: 101 Communications,a B2B tech trade media company with a bunch of print and major online properties, has been bough…

Emap Launches Digital Division

Emap, UK’s biggest magazine company, is relaunching its Emap Performance consumer media division to focus on digital media. The new division…

ElleGirl Magazine To Fold; Continue Online

Hachette Filipacchi-owned Ellegirl magazine is closing down, but the company says the brand would continue on as a website.
While the magazi…

Google’s Print Ad Forays: Not That Great

Not technically news, since Google’s rather tepid forays into print advertising have been written about before…anyway, its Feruary auction…

Magazines and Mobile: Test, Wait and Watch

An interesting survey from MIN newsletter and IWantMedia, about how magazines are and could use mobiles…for now, magazine industry’s expec…

Hearst Forms Digital Media Unit

As we reported here first, Hearst is getting serious about digital media — again — and has created a digital media unit as proof. The uni…

Conde Nast Considers Websites

Like, really? Conde Nast, among the most non-Web savvy of magazine companies around, has realized that magazines should also have their own…

Earnings: Primedia Posts Q4 Losses

Primedia, the magazine publisher, fell to a loss in Q4 as higher expenses offset a small gain in revenue. The company posted a loss of $13.7…

Google To Auction Space in 28 Magazines

The Google ad juggernaut continues: it is holding special advertiser auctions for space in 28 magazines. The auction was launched Wednesday…

Time Inc Acquires Golf.com

So Time Inc has made an acquisition after a long time (the last one I can think of was Business 2.0): it has bought out golf news site Golf.…

Conde Nast Planning Three Broadband Site

Even Conde Nast wants to join the party: it is planning to launch three new broadband video-heavy destination sites by mid-2006. This from a…

Primedia May Split Up; CEO Leaves

Primedia, the poor-not-so-little trade media company which everyone loves to make fun of (and here I’m making fun of it too…and it is my o…

Small Times Bought Out By PennWell

Not as high visbility as some other deals in the last few days, but anyway..from nanopublishing deals to nanotech: Small Times, one of the f…

Cathleen Black on New Media For Magazines

An interview with Cathleen Black, president of publishing corporation Hearst Magazines, and on the affect of technology and new media on the…

Playboy’s Futile Attempts Online

Bambi calls the Playboy PR bluff…last week it announced the launch of an electronic/digital edition, and media outlets jumped on it as a m…

Conde Nast To Launch a Business Title

This should be interesting to watch..Conde Nast is making its first foray into the business arena, and will start up a monthly business maga…

Dennis’s Digital Media Plans

(reg. req.): A long interview/profile of Felix Dennis, the head of Dennis Publishing, the parent of magazines like Maxim, The Week, and othe…

Pat Kenealy’s View Of The World

This who know him will attest: it has certainly been different than the rest of the market, and that’s saying it all, really. In this story,…

B2B Print Mags Suffer

Meanwhile, spoiling the magazine party a little bit (read post below), online B2B publishing is eating into the market share of printed busi…

The Fall and Rise Of B2B

A series of stories in the latest issue of BtoB, on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. Some good stories on the utility of trade press a…

Marketing Magazines With Online Movie Tix

I just went to buy two tickets for Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room” and stumbled across an interesting cross-marketing approach on the…

Magazines Have A Future

OJR’s Mark Glaser convenes a virtual roundtable on the future of magazines with participants David Abrahamson, Northwestern University journ…

Internet Tail Wags Magazine Dog

On the heels of the prediction that Forbes.com will outpace Forbes the magazine by 2006, Jesse Kornbluth bites the hands that fed him for so…

AdAge goes digital

AdAge.com relaunched this week with access to a digital edition of the print magazine. The digital edition goes online Sunday nights before…

InternetWorld Relaunched As A Blog

Everyone and their mother-in-law in the trade community has the blog fever: InternetWorld, the magazine, which closed down in May last year,…

Magazines Flirting With Online Fees

This one is in the same vein as the story below..one of the hottest topics at MPA’s annual summit is whether magazines should charge for the…

Red Herring Resurfaces

Or as Rex Hammock calls it, “Redux Herring”…The magazine published a prototype earlier this month, with 8,000 copies going to potential re…

How Not to Be Your Print Magazine Online

(via E-Media tidbits): A good overview of various strategies employed by magazine sites…examples of Forbes.com, Time Interactive, Maxim on…

BevNet.com Buys Beverage Industry Magazine

Info website buys a print magazine..always interesting when things happen in reverse…
Some more breathless self praise in this press relea…

Digital Media Ads in Latest RS

I have to say…all the doubts about Rolling Stone losing its way were probably alarmist. I still buy and read it occasionally, and the late…

Investcorp Buys Thomson Media

Thomson Corporation, the electronic publishing group controlled by Canada’s Thomson family, has agreed to sell its print-based media divisio…

Time Out Seeks New Ports

The age-old story: the founder wants more money to expand the franchise, but doesn’t want to give up control…

Variety To Launch Jobs Site

Variety is going to launch an online media and entertainment jobs site called VarietyCareers…it will launch on Oct 18…
Should be fun com…

InfoWorld Bows Product Guide, Partnerships

IDG’s InfoWorld has launched some new features: it has launched an IT products guide, with a twist: it has integrated RSS search engine Feed…

New Digital Music Mag in UK

(reg. req.): Lofty aim for Rip&Burn, the music magazine being launched by Haymarket on October 1..the magazine’s aimed at the downloading gn…

More On Red Herrring Mag Launch

Some more details on Red Herring’s print launch as a weekly: it recently hired veteran tech journalist Joel Dreyfuss as its new editor-in-ch…

Reed And Google In Talks To Share Revenues

Even though the story confuses it up, this is part of the “Google Print” program…the company added more offline magazines to the effort, a…

American Psycho

This is really funny: “So, just to bring us all up to speed regarding these vaporzines: The Red Herring is selling subscriptions to a weekly…

AlwaysOn To Launch Quarterly Magazine

AlwaysOn, the usually-off online news and networking site started by Tony Perkins, is launching a print quarterly magazine, according to a n…

Shallow Linking

(via Dan Gillmor) The IDG linking policy controversy creeps up again…this time it is barring CNET’s News.com, it seems…

Teen Vogue’s New Download

Nice magazine promo…subscribe to the magazine, and get two complimentary song downloads…through MusicRebellion…

Vanity Fair To Finally Launch Website

In this post on VF’s James Wolcott starting a blog (a feat in itself), an interesting bit: Vanity Fair, among the last holdouts from the Con…

Fashion Webzines Mix Advice and Shopping

An interesting overview of the fashion webzines…In the business, they’re known as affiliate sites, and they’re an important driver of appa…

Playlist: Cuing Up Or Not

I’m leafing through the first issue of the new Playlist magazine, and I’ve to say: it passes the muster. I’m amazed at the amount of advert…

Magazines Use Online Ads As Selling Point

A “flurry” of activity in lifestyle/woman’s magazines trying to develop viable presence online…The latest experiments are prompted in part…

Forbes.com’s Newsletters Push

This will give you an idea of Forbes’ electronic newsletters push…they’re trying to position the investment advice-related newsletters sep…

BW’s Online Push

BusinessWeek has been hiring aggressively for its online operation..it advertised a post on my site a couple of weeks ago, and has four more…

Red Herring’s Returning As a Weekly

Well, it is decided: Red Herring’s print magazine is returning as a weekly…48 issues a year, priced at $1 an issue for subscription (intro…

Apple Nixes Magazine Title Name

(via Rexblog) Apparently, the Apple hammer extends beyond iTunes. Mac Publishing, the owner of Macworld magazine, has changed its plans to l…

Primedia Preps For Partnership

Primedia is now downplaying the Folio/AD/CM magazine sale..it says that it will be a joint partnership rather than outright sale. Makes sens…

Folio And Other Primedia Biz Mags For Sale

Update: This was the text of an e-mail sent out to Primedia Business employees this morning:
To: Primedia Business Employees
From: John Fre…

Primedia’s Wireless Push

Primedia, in an effort to get out of its magazine decline quagmire, is extending its print and online brands onto wireless, through two sepa…

Magazine Website Gimmicks

(via Rex Hammock): Well, call it what it is…online magazine websites are now offering some new-fangled tools, more than just shovelware, t…

The Forbes.com Fiasco

Mark my words: Forbes.com will drop the ad-within-editorial text “experiment”…the backlash is growing. There was a story today on PRI’s Ma…

IDG Bows Playlist in September

The digital music one-off magazine from IDG, called Playlist, may be expanded, depending on the reception…Originally, speculation was that…

More on Forbes.com’s Selling out

NYT picks up the story by DMNews yesterday: Forbes.com is now putting in ad links within the text o stories, using a service called IntelliT…

Ziff Davis to Launch ExtremeTech Magazine

And I thought online-to-offline extensions went dead..but the gadget bubble is bringing it back…
Ziff Davis will launch ExtremeTech magazi…

Where Are They Now: The Motherlode Edition

Well, everyone’s crawling out of the woodworks, as this NYT story illustrates. Most of this is not news, as I keep reporting it…
The relau…

BusinessWeek Online

At least is doing more than Fortune.com…and is less gimmicky than Forbes.com…

iPod Magazine To Be Launched By IDG

Funny this: IDG, the company behind Macworld and more than 300 other publications, will soon launch iPodworld — a magazine dedicated to App…

Business 2.0 Redesigns Website

Business 2.0 has redesigned its website and now loks exactly like its sister magazine Fortune’s website. As if Fortune people weren’t threat…

Downloaded Foolishness

After Future Publishing, IPC Media (owned by Time Warner U.S.) is junping on the ridiculous magazine launch bandwagon…
It is launching a d…

KeepMedia’s Strange Quest For Hipness

I am increasingly confused about KeepMedia mission, and I’m changing my views. What is it: a digital magazines superstore where you can brow…

Death to Freebies

A call to arms for respect online ad creds, sort of. “Here’s my take on freebies: enough is enough. Now that publishers have become bona fid…

Red Herring Heading For Sept Print Launch

Red Herring, the shuttered new economy print magazine which was relaunched as an online-only site last year (a story which I broke here), is…

Wired Poised To Ride “Googlemania”

Of course, Jon Friedman can’t resist kissing you know what…
“It is the most exciting magazine on the planet,” says Chris Anderson, Editor…

The B-to-B Audience of the Future

(Links to a PDF report): American Business Media held a panel discussion on this topic, and Readex did a survey on this…
Lists how readers…

Falling Hollywood Trades Revenues?

Found this interesting nugget in the latest Media Business magazine’s June Issue…download here…section two…
Can anyone tell me why Hol…

Print Driving Online Subs

Rex Hammock points to an interesting experiment by online basketball subscription news site, Hoopsworld.com, which is launching a print maga…

Return Of Net Magazines

A story on how magazines such as Business 2.0 and Wired are now faring, with ad revenues growing at double-digit rates…
Each claims a circ…

Google’s Impact on Magazines

Pat Kenealy, CEO of tech publisher IDG is scared, sorta, as he well should be, being in the tech media business…”Google has created a reve…

BroadbandNow, Oh Wow

It is the kind of hare-brained schemes which put Future Publishing (its division Imagine Media) in serious trouble during the heydays back…

Rolling Stone To Launch Ringtones Brand

Rolling Stone is getting into the ringtones game. Rather late, I have to say. It has tied up with mobile content developer Dwango North Amer…

Forbes.com Taunts WSJ

Forbes.com is hitting the big gun, Wall Street Journal (the print version), in touting its bigger reach…In one online campaign, Forbes.com…

BusinessWeek Online Is Out For Audience

BusinessWeek Online wants to give Forbes.com and the WSJ.com a run for their money with more original content, regular special reports, and…

Acumen Journal of Life Sciences Has Closed

It’s not easy, is it? The geeky science journal starrup run by ex-Red Herring Jason Pontin has closed down…
Sad…”It was funded by Eric…

UK Laddie Mags All Plan a Relaunch

All the laddie magazines are having a party together, it seems: The recent flurry of activity in the men’s magazine market is being matched…

KeepMedia’s Subtle Turn

From the ever-informative Outsell Inc’s weekly e-mail newsletter, comes the news that KeepMedia is now positioning itself as the “online med…

B2.0 Launches Blog

Business 2.0 is the latest magazine to laynch a blog…seems like a decent effort…I think this is the first magazine with the Time Inc sta…

Publishers Weekly Turning Premium

Looks like this is new..Reed Business Information is combining its publisher/academic focused sites (Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and…

Wired Blog Launches

Wired magazine has launched its first blog…it is using Tripod’s blog tool, which is slightly “live-journalish”…
Related: Time Starts Web…

The Dejazines

Rex Hammock has to be the most bitingly funny guy in the magazine biz…his blog is a great read.
He’s coined a new term: Dejazine: it is a…

Time Starts Weblog

This seems to be new: Time magazine has started a weblog by its political/war columnist Tony Karon…
Other major magazines which have alrea…

ConsumerReports Adds ‘Buy’ Button

ConsumerReports.org, the site of the famously anti-commercial Consumer Reports magazine, is getting a “buy” button…it has introduced a pil…

Technology Review Launches Blogs

Technology Review has launched a blog…the blog functionality is still pretty basic: it needs permalinks and an RSS feed. But it has great…

At E&P: Less Print, More Online

Makes perfect sense…(minus the spin)
Related: Will Trade Weblogs Replace Trade Magazines and Websites?

The Binary Curtain

Business 2.0 website recently went behind a subscription wall recently (first reported here): editor Josh Quittner explains in the August is…

Magazines’ 2.0

A story on how magazine are slowly but surely getting it right online..or so this story says. Personalization, audience measurement systems,…

Internet World’s Swan Song

An article by Alan Meckler, the original founder of IW magazine, which closed down last week.

Big Shakeout at InfoWorld

There seems to a big shakeout at Infoworld…many of the original columnists are leaving, and many of them are starting ther own weblogs. Se…

The New Republic’s Print Stories

The New Republic’s Print Stories To be Available Only to Subscribers Online: Following up on the news earlier last week, TNR’s print edition…

New Republic to Debut Content

New Republic to Debut Content Online Before Print: The venerable New Republic, as part of its print magazine makeover, will also launch a ne…

Will Dig-It Make It?

I have serious doubts, though the story says otherwise. Something which the story does not cover: Gizmodo will kick Dig-It’s ass any day. Fo…

Reader’s Digest Launches Website for

Reader’s Digest Launches Website for Dieters: Reader’s Digest has launched ChangeOne.com, a subscription-based online service and resource f…

Consumer Reports Reports on Online

Consumer Reports Reports on Online Content: ConsumerReports.org, one of the oldest and most successful paid content sites, surpassed 1 milli…

Utne.com Goes Subscription: So when

Utne.com Goes Subscription: So when did this happen? Not exactly sure if this is news, but seems like Utne.com went subscription when Utne R…

Dig_iT and Then Some More

Dig_iT, the new digital lifestyle magazine launched by tech veterans including PC World founding editor (and former Upside editor) David Bun…

Playboy.com to Have its First

Playboy.com to Have its First Profitable Year in 2003: This according to Christie Hefner, CEO of Playboy Enterprises, delivering her speech…

ConsumerReports.org Launches a Wireless PDA

ConsumerReports.org Launches a Wireless PDA Version, for $19.95 a Year: With more than a million subscribers for its website, ConsumerReport…

Broadcasting & Cable Magazine Turns

Broadcasting & Cable Magazine Turns Into a Subscription Site (via IWantMedia.com: TV industry trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable has turned…

Variety.com Aligns Print and Online

Variety.com Aligns Print and Online Subscription Prices: The subscription rate for Variety.com, previously priced almost 80 percent less tha…

Dennis Interactive Charges for Game

Dennis Interactive Charges for Game Site: Dennis Publishing’s new-media arm, Dennis Interactive (in U.K.), is to charge for content for the…

Interesting Facts and Figures about

Interesting Facts and Figures about ConsumerReports.org: Some interesting facts about ConsumerReports.org, the companion website for the ven…

Playboy Online Now has 131,000

Playboy Online Now has 131,000 Subscribers: The online division of Playboy has narrowed its losses to $2.9 million, a 53 percent improvement…

Digital Versions of Magazines Picking

Digital Versions of Magazines Picking Up Momentum: Digital download versions of magazines are picking up some momentum. Today, Technology Re…

Media Central Pulls Back on

Media Central Pulls Back on Paid Content: Media Central, the media-related business magazine unit that is part of Primedia group, is unravel…

Playboy Online’s Subscriptions up 51

Playboy Online’s Subscriptions up 51 Percent (free registration required): Playboy Enterprises’ (NYSE: PLA) online group is moving towards p…