Digital Magazines

Challenges, Missteps and Hope Abound for Digital Media
December 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Legacy media players may be having their first moment of schadenfreude in a long time as the youths of digital content get their own turns at struggle and uncertainty. About 20 years into the Internet and print publications, the relatively few that survived the shift to digital life anyway, have already been put through the revenue ringer — forced to rut out new sources of cash,…

Apple Can’t Win Over Media With Its Old Approach
December 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

Apple Inc. wants to become a subscription powerhouse for music, apps, online video, news and more. The company’s negotiations with news and magazine publishers offer a glimpse at the challenges this strategy will face. Bloomberg News detailed on Wednesday why some news and magazine publishers are wary of Apple’s effort to refashion Texture, a company Apple acquired this year that offers…

Apple’s ‘Netflix for Magazines’ Getting a Chilly Reception
December 14, 2018 at 11:19 am

When Apple Inc. introduced the iPad eight years ago, media executives rejoiced. “Sit down once a day and pray to thank Steve Jobs that he is saving the publishing industry,” the head of German publisher Axel Springer said about the tablet in 2010. But the idea of paging through a magazine on an iPad never really caught on. Newspapers…

Mic has Laid Off the Majority of its Staff
November 30, 2018 at 8:51 am

Mic is laying off the majority off its staff while the digital publisher works on a deal to sell the remainder of its assets to Bustle Digital Group. Mic CEO Chris Altchek announced the layoffs at a staff meeting this morning. Until today the company had employed more than 100 people. I’ve asked Mic to provide…

Glamour to Cease Publishing Regular Print Mag in Condé Nast’s Latest Digital Shift
November 21, 2018 at 10:08 am

After nearly 80 years, the monthly print edition of Condé Nast’s Glamour women’s magazine is ending. Glamour’s last regularly published print edition, the January 2019 issue, is scheduled to hit newsstands next week, the company announced Tuesday. It’s another move by Condé Nast away from declining print businesses to pivot to a mostly digital future, a trend…

The Transformation of Bloomberg Media
November 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

Bloomberg Media remains a relatively unique industry player, in the sense that it is a very large media company sitting inside an even larger financial and technology brand. Owned by the largest shareholder and the man behind the name, Michael Bloomberg, the media division began as an extension of the core business before being transformed into…

The New York Times is on Pace to Earn More Than $600 Million in Digital this Year
November 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

The Failing New York Times released its third-quarter numbers this morning and, well, if the rest of the news industry was doing this well, we could shut down Nieman Lab and grab some worry-free beach time in warmer climes. Its ongoing transition from print to digital revenue has been managed without the staffing disruption just about everyone…