The decline of short-form content and the rise of niche hobbies

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Are people losing patience with lists and slideshows? Issuu CEO Joe Hyrkin thinks so, in a piece he wrote for Re/Code. Hyrkin notes that this sort of quick-bite short-form content has exploded on the Internet in recent years, because people like lists and they’re so easy to advertise on. But [...]

‘Cli-Fi’ takes over Matter’s current issue

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dan Bloom has written a number of articles for TeleRead talking about the new sub-genre of “Cli-Fi”—science-fiction specifically revolving around climate change issues. It’s been interesting to watch the idea develop. Just now an email from’s “Matter” e-magazine landed in [...]

Weirdbook Magazine relaunches

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Weirdbook Magazine, one of the more celebrated and imaginative titles of the science fiction New Wave and modern-day resurrection of weird fiction, is now relaunching, with what claims to be Issue #31 – albeit after a very long hiatus. As explained in Michael Ashley’s Gateways to [...]

Magazine publishers unhappy with Apple Newsstand

By Chris Meadows
October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digital magazines for tablets have long had a number of problems, not the least of which being that it’s considerably easier for people to make their own “magazines” via RSS readers or other content aggregators such as Flipboard. But Digiday reports that magazine publishers are finding [...]

Changes in magazine layout: print to digital

By Dan Bloom
May 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

When TIME magazine ran a summer movie preview feature in a recent issue, looking at three eco-disaster movies set release soon, two from America and one from South Korea — “Godzilla,” “Into the Storm” and “Snowpiercer” — its editorial and design team [...]

British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

My friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, [...]

Supernatural Tales runs limited-time offer of free downloads

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK horror and dark fiction magazine Supernatural Tales is holding a very limited-time offer for free PDF downloads of back issues, some nine in all, via its usual publication platform, “Issues from ST#17 onward will be available there indefinitely,” states the publisher and [...]

Climate change skeptic journal closed: Just cause?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

With standards and practices in academic journal publishing much under debate lately, an incident where a scientific journal is closed by its publisher on the grounds of content is going to attract some attention, especially when the journal has affiliations to a controversial area like climate [...]

Writer objects to Spare Rib digitization project’s imposition of a Creative Commons license

By libertyc
December 21, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’re familiar with Creative Commons as a tool for granting creators more freedom to choose what permissions they want to grant readers of their work. But even a tool for freedom can become constrictive if its use is required, and that seems to be the case with the project to digitize content of [...]

Oxygen and Clean Eating Magazine to Rise Again

By libertyc
September 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

I wrote in June about the closure of CANUSA, the parent company of the magazines [easyazon-link asin=”B0078XPR46″ locale=”us”]Oxygen[/easyazon-link] and Clean Eating. At the time, then-owner Tosca Reno attributed the closure to changes in the industry and to the death of [...]

SF writer Paul Cook warns of science fiction’s infection by girl cooties

By libertyc
September 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Okay, I know I’m feeding the troll here, and I feel bad about that, but I do feel it’s worth calling attention to this level of complete stupidity when I see it. Patrick Nielsen Hayden had this to say about the subject of my rant: “It’s rare that one gets to see somebody being a complete [...]

Sweden's Meganews Delivers Print-on-Demand Newsstand

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Print-on-demand facsimiles of major dailies are a familiar sight in international hotel lobbies these days, but now Sweden’s Meganews has gone one step further, by introducing a mechanized and Internet-enabled newsstand that can print magazines as well as newspapers on demand. “Use the [...]

OMNI Magazine as orphaned work

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

BoingBoing has an interesting feature-length piece by Glenn Fleishman about OMNI Magazine and who owns the rights to it. Prompted by an article for Vice’s Motherboard discussing the rediscovery of a treasure-trove of material from the defunct late-70s-to-late-90s SF magazine, Fleishman asks and [...]

The parent company of Oxygen and Clean Eating magazines is shutting down

By libertyc
June 15, 2013 // 12 Comments

A blog post from Tosca Reno, owner of Robert Kennedy Publishing, alerted me that CANUSA Products, Inc. (formerly known as Canusa Publishing Group), their parent company, has just shut down after 40 years in operation. Their two most popular properties, Clean Eating and Oxygen magazines, are [...]

Granta staff spinoff as something hits the fan

By libertyc
June 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

As heralded by a fraught spate of tweets at the beginning of May, esteemed UK/U.S. literary magazine and book imprint Granta has seen a slew of senior exits that reflect the travails of book and periodical publishing in the current fast-changing market. Granta magazine editor John Freeman and [...]

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