Press Release: Magazine Launches Outnumber Closures in First Half of 2014
New York City, July 1, 2014 - In the first half of 2014, 93 magazines launched, and 30 closed, according to MediaFinder.com-the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications.
During the first half of 2014, the top category for new launches was "regional interest" with six new print titles such as 12th & Broad and The Sip. In the "craft" category, new magazine launches include Craft Beer & Brewing and Willow & Sage. Other new titles in the first half of 2014 are Barbecue America and San Francisco Cottages & Gardens.
For the first half of 2014, the ceased magazines include Diabetic Cooking, Scene (NY), and 13 automobile titles from TEN: The Enthusiast Network (formerly Source Interlink Media).
Compared to the same period last year, there were 30 closures this year and 29 magazine closures last year. At the same time 93 new magazines launched this year compared to 97 in 2013.
"While it appears that the magazine industry may be stabilizing, it is sad to see that two venerable magazines, Jet and Ladies Home, have dropped their print editions," said Trish Hagood, president of MediaFinder.com. "We are seeing continued strength in specialized magazines such as regional and crafts."
In the business-to-business magazine sector, 15 new titles launched, such as IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine, during the first half of 2014, compared with 14 new titles in 2013. During the same period, five b-to-b titles closed, including Seafood Business, while nine magazines closed in 2013. In addition, Computerworld and CSO dropped their print editions during the first half of 2014.
MediaFinder®, a media property of Oxbridge Communications®, www.mediafinder.com, is the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian periodicals, with information on 77,000 magazines, journals, newspapers, newsletters, directories, and catalogs. Subscriptions to the online database service are available via MediaFinder.com or by calling 1-800-955-0231.