On Isolated Connectivity, Social Distancing, and the Future of Magazines
March 27, 2020 at 7:30 am

A few years back I coined the phrase “Isolated Connectivity” after a friend of mine told me the following story: “One day I came home from work to find my son watching something on his laptop and texting at the same time. I asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ My son answered, ‘Duh, can’t you…

WFH: A Crash Course in Remote Workflow for Publishers
March 26, 2020 at 9:23 am

So here we are. Whether by government mandate or executive fiat, at some point in the past few weeks the publication you and your team usually write, edit, produce, market, and distribute from an office landed in your living room. It probably happened suddenly, in many cases with almost no time to prepare. And you…

Jammed Printers, First-Party Data Hiccups & More Publishing Predictions for 2020
January 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that 2020 will see more magazine closures and more experiments with reader paywalls. Here are eight, or maybe nine, not quite so obvious publishing predictions that will help you prepare for the year ahead: Paper Shortage A glut of magazine-quality paper has recently pushed prices down a…

2020 Print Forecast: The Quad-LSC Merger Is Off, but Competition Might Still Suffer
August 19, 2019 at 8:30 am

Though the merger of megaprinters Quad and LSC Communications has been called off, publishers may still find it harder to strike a favorable printing deal in the coming months. Calling magazine and catalog printing “a broken part” of LSC, Tom Quinlan, the CEO, indicated earlier this month that LSC would be scaling back that part of…

Are Fully Personalized Magazines in Our Future? It’s Complicated.
July 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

With its flexibility and its ability to produce small batches, digital printing is transforming book publishing, direct mail, product packaging, and even the garment industry. But it has hardly laid a finger on magazine publishing. The technology enables publishers who have sufficient content and subscriber data to create “a unique magazine for every reader,” fellow…

Pay Attention, Publishers: Outsiders Are Redefining What a Magazine Can Be
June 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

Software mogul, golf equipment manufacturer, movie-streaming service, mattress maker, actress, social media behemoth: It seems everyone wants to get into the magazine-publishing business these days. Everyone, that is, except for “real” magazine-media publishers. Whenever a well-known digital-native brand comes out with a print magazine, you can count on a wave of rah-rah “print isn’t dead”…