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Nose of the Camel?: USPS Sneaks in a Rate Hike
June 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Magazine publishers, newspapers, catalogers, and other senders of flat mail are slated to be hit with a backdoor postal rate increase next month. Implemented without hearings, or regulatory approval, the rate hike will be tiny – a small fraction of 1% for most mailers. But the U.S. Postal Service has given mailers good reason to…

Johnson Publishing Sells 'Ebony,' 'Jet'
June 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Two of the country’s oldest consumer magazines targeting African-American readers have been sold, with Johnson Publishing’s announcement that private equity firm Clear View Group has acquired Ebony and Jet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it includes the assumption of an unspecified amount of debt. The announcement spells the end of Johnson’s 71-year-long…

B2Me: Increasing Your Magazine’s Value with Customization
June 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Get ready for the rise of mass-customized “B2Me” magazines. Once a pipe dream, the concept of magazines that are tailored to each reader is now a reality. Consider, for example, ZEB magazine of Belgium, which has a print run of 150,000 copies that are so customized and personalized that no two copies are alike. Or…

Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our Mobile News World
May 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm

In recent years, the news media have followed their audience’s lead and gone mobile, working to make their reporting accessible to the roughly seven-in-ten American adults who own a smartphone. With both a smaller screen size and an audience more apt to be dipping in and out of news, many question what kind of news…

Lessons Can Be Learned from the ‘Old Days’ of Print Publishing on How to Handle Change
May 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

During a conversation with an old friend about how newspaper and magazine publishers are handling their efforts to grow digital publishing, and their failure to make much progress, the conversation turned to how sales staffs are organized these days. Many publishers are moving to category organized staffs, while some who have previously gone in this…

Harris Publications Folds, Lays Off 85 Staffers
April 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Harris Publications, home of dozens of enthusiast-focused magazine titles including Celebrity Hairstyles, Dog Newsand Fresh Quilts, has announced to employees that it is shutting down immediately. Founded in 1977, the New York-based company cited the "rapid ascendance of digital media, changing consumer content preferences, magazine wholesaler struggles and consolidation in the supply chain" for the decision.…

Good Money After Bad? Mailers Try to Block FSS Expansion
April 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Where the U.S. Postal Service sees an opportunity to expand the Flats Sequencing System to more ZIP codes, mailers see a backdoor rate increase. Postal officials recently told mailing-industry representatives that declining volumes and some equipment upgrades are creating excess capacity for the FSS. At a meeting of the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), they…

Will Publishers Be Ready for the USPS's Data Deluge?
April 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm

A potentially powerful partner to magazine publishers is arising in the world of data-driven digital advertising: the U.S. Postal Service. OK, you can stop laughing now. I’m serious. A new USPS venture called Informed Delivery could create huge opportunities for our industry. The possibilities are probably bigger than even postal officials realize. But I’m dubious…

Verizon & Hearst's AwesomenessTV to Form Mobile Video Service
April 7, 2016 at 11:40 am

Verizon Communications is trying to get a little more awesome. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had struck a deal to acquire a 24.5 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, the digital entertainment network for teenagers and young adults. The companies also are planning to create a new subscription-based, short-form mobile video service. It is aimed…

In Magazines, Is Bigger Really Better?
April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Among fashion and lifestyle magazines, the growing consensus seems to be that bigger is better. With its March 2016 issue, Elle US debuted a new trim size of 9 inches by 10 7/8 inches, up from 8 inches by 10 7/8 inches. But the Hearst-owned publication is not alone. In the last year, Condé Nast…

High Times Wants to Be the Playboy of Pot
April 4, 2016 at 10:49 am

Picture a mood-lit Las Vegas casino, at first glance indistinguishable from any other pleasure palace on the Strip: salarymen hunch over $20 blackjack tables as waitresses with plunging necklines circle the floor. Instead of bourbon-and-sodas, however, these waitresses are carrying trays full of vaporizers and water pipes. The games themselves have names that sound more…

The Secret to Axel Springer’s Success: A Diverse Digital Portfolio
April 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Last month, Axel Springer released some fairly enviable financial results for a 70-year-old media company with roots in print: 70 percent of its revenue came from digital, outstripping CEO Mathias Döpfner’s 10-year goal to have half of its revenue come from online products by 2016. The secret to Axel Springer’s success has been diversification: The company’s focus for growth is…

Press Release: IDG Ranked as No. 1 Technology Publisher in the World, Per comScore
April 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Framingham, MA – March 30, 2016 – IDG properties drew a record-breaking 194.9 million unique visitors for February 2016, propelling it to be the #1 technology publishing company in the world, according to comScore. IDG has consistently ranked within the top 10 most visited properties and has increased its traffic 122% over the last six months, due to its…

Press Release: RR Donnelley Announces Chief Executive Officers and Board Leadership of Future Independent Companies
March 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

CHICAGO, March 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company(Nasdaq:RRD) announced today the appointments of the Board leadership and Chief Executive Officers of LSC Communications, Inc., Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc. and R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company to be effective as of the consummation of the previously announced spinoff transactions which the Company expects to complete in October 2016. LSC Communications -…

The Irony of the Hearst-Condé Nast Joint Venture Seeking Smaller Publishers As Clients
March 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Last month, Condé Nast and Hearst Magazines announced the formation of PubWorx, a joint venture that will manage production, procurement, and circulation management for both publishers, as well as offer services to publishers across the industry. As a former publisher and national distributor and current circulation consultant, I find it amusing that Hearst and Condé…

What's Wrong with Postal Banking?
March 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

In my video debut Friday, I praised postal officials for resisting the urging from various quarters that they enter — or, rather, re-enter — the banking business. (The video, an interview with Erik Cagle of Printing Impressions, is a real hoot for lovers of bad puns, even though it addresses the serious topic of the USPS's…

Video: Lasting Impressions — The Dead Tree and Me
February 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Printing, paper and mailing Industry blogger extraordinaire D. Eadward Tree exits the comfort of his forest to deliver a first-class interview on the U.S. Postal Service — LIVE, for the first time — on Lasting Impressions. One man, one tree, one hot-button topic.

Meredith Shutters More Magazine
February 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Meredith Corp. will cease publishing the women’s lifestyle magazine More after the April issue, saying a challenging advertising market had cut into the title’s profitability. The publication isn’t alone in caving to the difficult print advertising market. Condé Nast closed Details magazine and Time Inc. shuttered All You in December, both citing dim advertising pictures.

Hell Will Freeze Over on April 10
February 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

That's my supper you're looking at. The U.S. Postal Service announced the unthinkable today: On April 10, it will actually reduce the postal rates on most mail, including Forever Stamps, by more than 4%. On April 11, you should expect a disaster of biblical proportions. Fire and brimstone from the sky, dogs and cats living together in…

The Ax Falls at Yahoo
February 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Yahoo is shutting down a number of its content verticals, Yahoo global editor in chief Martha Nelson confirmed on Wednesday. "On our recent earnings call, Yahoo outlined out a plan to simplify our business and focus our effort on our four most successful content areas  – News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle. To that end, today…