The magazine publishing industry is going through some major changes, influenced by the shift from print to digital, the launch of iPads, growing cost pressures and other trends.
As this is also a publishign sector with significant environmental impacts, we follow the discussions on the future of magazines very closely, and we would like to share with you some of the most interesting articles, posts, updates and news we find on this issue. We hope you will find these resources useful!
For those who stay abreast of such matters, the last few months of the Atlantic's forays into fiction have been positively nail-biting. In November, the magazine announced it would be offering a subscription of two stories a month exclusively on the Kindle.
Magazines are being printed in volumes every day, and the sheer bulk in waste is staggering. Time magazine prints more than four million copies a year, all in a slick glossy format that has not always been recyclable. But now, a technological gadget could provide a means for curbing the amount of glossy magazines that are produced–and therefore the number that end up in landfills.
The year was 2005 and I was reading a magazine — on a Microsoft Windows Tablet PC. The experience was a precursor to what I anticipate from Apple's iPad. It was an enjoyable and portable experience. The software I used back then was Zinio Reader and a new beta version of the software is now available in an Adobe AIR application — it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
From the iPad and Kindle to digital barcodes and iPhone apps, the magazine industry has seen a striking number of new developments in the last year. We talked to journalism professor and media critic Susan Currie Sivek about custom publishing, revenue streams, and the “fluid” nature of magazines.