The Future of Magazines

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!

You can also check our other resource pages: The Future of Bookstores, The future of Publishing, Green Printing and e-Books vs. Physical Books.

Will the iPad Change Publishing? Ask The Atlantic - by Lizzie Skurnick, The Millions, May 3, 2010

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.

If This Is The Future Of Magazines, Magazines Are Doomed - by James Lewin, Podcasting News, April 9, 2010

This video presents Popular Science + - the first digital magazine from publisher Bonnier’s ongoing project to rethink the way magazines can be read on devices like the Apple iPad.

Can Apple's iPad and Interactive Magazines Save The Landfills? - by D. Salmons, World GreenA, March 31, 2010

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.

Zinio’s New AIR App Shows the Future of Magazines - by Kevin C. Tofel, jkOnTheRun, March 30, 2010

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.

The Future of Magazines, KatieCouric, CBS News, March 29, 2010

Nancy Gibbs discusses where Time will be in 20 years and whether customers will pay for online content.

The Future of Magazines is Here: Q&A with Susan Currie Sivek - by Dan Levy, Sparksheet, March 25, 2010

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.

Is this the future of magazines? - by Judy O’Connell, HeyJude, December 8, 2009

Thanks to Daniel Pink for the heads-up on Apple Insider’s demo of the soon-to-be-launched digital edition Sports Illustrated.

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