London: home of free paper-based mags

Time Out London goes free tomorrow, Tuesday.  The advertisers think 300,000 freely distributed in the core of London better than 55,000, and declining, paying for it.  The first free issue will be 80 pages, up from the normal 72 to give space for more ads. Not that Time Out’s current website says so. Time Out Read More

Hearst learn game of digital subs

Buried in the detail of the latest ABCs for magazines was the interesting detail of digital subs.  Hearst is the winner with 4 digital mags in the top 11. Conde Nast has 2, The Economist had 2: the continental Europe edition and the Asia Pacific edition. As for the paper editions, total circulation was down Read More

UBM: good numbers and strong words

There are good numbers and strong words from UMB this week.  The good numbers are in the annual results: Revenue up 9.3%; Margins up 20.8% from 19.3%; More revenue from China than Europe; The strong words are from David Levin, chief executive since 2005, in The Daily Telegraph speaking before the results were out. Software Read More

EU probes e-book publishers and Apple

The EU is to formally investigate whether Apple and 5 European publishers are gouging the e-book market.  Have they conspired to set prices and so rig the market, is the question. E-books more expensive than paper  E-books are more expensive than paper editions, much to the surprise of many experts.  Manufacture and distribution of paper Read More

ABC circulations: steady is good

The ABC circulation figures for UK magazines from January to June are good.  A stable net circulation can, in these troubled times, be described as good. Children’s magazines are up.  News and current affairs magazines are up. Kids like paper Who said children do not like paper? And when the world is in flux people Read More

TV listing mags defy gravity

The TV listing magazines continue to defy gravity: 4 TV listings magazines win the top readerships among weeklies in the latest NRS survey. The information they deliver  is all available elsewhere.  It is in daily newspapers and in separate magazines of the Saturday and Sunday editions; it is available online.  Yet 3.4 million read What’s Read More

Publisher loses the plot: Elsevier closes CW and sells website

Computer Weekly, after 45 years of UK publication, is to close its paper edition and the web site is to be sold by Elsevier to TechTarget, a US publisher. This is a case study in how to lose the plot.  CW was a pioneer of IT journalism.  Steady and also, in certain times, speedy. Speedy Read More

Digital feeds back to paper success

The traffic is not all one way: from paper to digital.  It can flow the other way: from an interest in digital to a paper magazine, as long as publishers understand their strengths. Two instances provide evidence for this trend this week: Future is to launch a paper magazine in its crafts section called Mollie Read More