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Newsweek last print issue

by Willy / January 17, 2013 / 11:15 AM UTC

Yet another magazine is biting the dust. No longer to be had as a printed issue, Newsweek. I don't know but I like having to read something from my hands, not be on a screen. Sure, its my opinion but generally it makes it more real and solid to me.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/sectors/item/14031-newsweek%E2%80%99s-last-print-issue-is-december-31

Yes, I've read it. I wonder how long Time may hang around too. I guess Playboy may be on the list, too. Printed media, the era is getting shorter and shorter.
-----Willy Happy Yet, you're reading this on a screen, darn!

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even a tablet doesn't work as well as real mag sometimes
by Roger NC / January 17, 2013 / 5:53 PM UTC

like in the "reading room" while you're "on the throne".

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I'm not happy either. It may attract readers, but I wonder
by Ziks511 / January 19, 2013 / 1:49 AM UTC

how much impact it will really have on people's thoughts. Magazines do that.

Rob

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Faster communications rule now
by James Denison / January 19, 2013 / 5:19 AM UTC

And old line Liberal publications are falling to the wayside.

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In spite of your interpretation, I don't think the politics
by Roger NC / January 19, 2013 / 5:39 AM UTC

have much to do with the closing of most national magazines, particularly the news one.

I will grant that publications that more resemble political National Enquirers may survive because of the current desire of people to only hear/read what they believe is correct.

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some comparisons
by James Denison / January 19, 2013 / 11:38 AM UTC

Seems Newsweek couldn't do any better than Birds & Blooms which caters to a select group of enthusiasts. Their main competitor TIME ate their lunch too. Still, doing better on circulation than the New Yorker.

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http://www.birdsandblooms.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_%26_Blooms

Total circulation
(2011) 1,530,672

My wife likes it, so I put in here too, lol.

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Most women magazines are doing fine for circulation.
Here's another we like.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_Homes_and_Gardens_%28magazine%29
Frequency 12 issues/year
Publisher Meredith Corporation
Total circulation
(June 2012) 7,617,038
First issue 1922
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_women%27s_magazines
List of women's magazines, check their their circulation.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsweek

Newsweek underwent internal and external contractions designed to shift the magazine's focus and audience while improving its finances. Instead, losses accelerated: revenue dropped 38 percent from 2007 to 2009. The revenue declines prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to 92-year-old audio pioneer Sidney Harman—for a purchase price of $1.00 and an assumption of the magazine's liabilities.[2][3] Editor Jon Meacham left the magazine after the sale.

Total circulation
(2012) 1,527,156
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_%28magazine%29
Time Magazine
Total circulation
(2012) 3,276,822
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Yorker

Total circulation
(2012) 1,043,792

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The fancy rags
by Willy / January 19, 2013 / 12:02 PM UTC
In reply to: some comparisons

I like Birds&Blooms, its good reading and pictures. It gives me ideas on how to make a sustainable garden. Also, help the humming birds get a move on. I always tend to plant and leave it, it has to fend for itself other than simple weeding. I had the great hens&chickens garden for awhile, but moved it in order to make a raised flower bed box. the oldies transplants didn't seem to take. of course, I like the letters or comments and it seems to be a magazine that caters well to its readers, no super ads, etc..

I read Time and Newsweek only because the events that past in an issue or so over-glossed when it comes to WWW news feeds. It rarely seems to be taken to task, just dumped on the screen. rare follow-ups or more sizzle in something else. its always the hot-hot-hot topic of the day, like the Te'O imaginary affair. That gets so dragged out it really not news worthy, IMO.

As for magazines in general especially women based they seem to stay similar and come and go and return better or worse. They stick to the tried true formulas and apparently that works. I love my old "Hot Hod" magazines but these have changed so much, its more about installing purely out of the box improvements, rather yard tree hints or tips on a regular basis. -----Willy Happy

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I used to get Mother Earth News
by James Denison / January 19, 2013 / 12:58 PM UTC
In reply to: The fancy rags
I still have in pristine condition a suitcase full of their earliest issues in the 70's. Moving around so much in the 80's I just didn't renew and never got back to it. You might like the new format GRIT magazine. Used to be a newspaper decades ago. Not sure when they went to magazine form. They both are part of same publishing company now.
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