US Postal Service Ships Cover, Forgets My Magazine

US Postal Service Ships Cover, Forgets My Magazine

Thom’s copy of The Economist got separated from its cover. That’s very sad. We have to give the Post Office an A+ for effort, though: they made sure he received evidence that there was ann Economist that week. They delivered the least useful part of the magazine, because that’s the part that had his address printed on it. [More]

On the left is the photo that Jen posted in April 2011 on Epbot.com. The image on the right is from a recent issue of Redbook, which did not credit a source.

Redbook Ticks Off Internet After Copying Blogger’s Idea

Here’s the thing about the Internet: It can facilitate the spreading of ideas and information at an astounding rate, but this dissemination can come at the expense of that materials’ source. So at what point does a cool notion go from being the brainchild of an individual to becoming something owned by the faceless hive mind? [More]

Soon to be a collector's item.

Newsweek To Stop Printing Magazines And Be Reborn As Digital-Only Newsweek Global

It’s a tough time out there for weekly magazines as they try to compete with the 24-hour news cycle and the wealth of content available for free online. Thus, the folks at Newsweek will soon be switching to a digital-only, paid subscription service. [More]

Another Video Game Magazine Dies An Agonizing Death

Another Video Game Magazine Dies An Agonizing Death

Kids who tagged along with their parents on grocery store trips in the early 1990s just to spend the duration in the magazine aisle paging through GamePro magazine will have to kiss another piece of their childhoods goodbye. After abandoning the monthly format for a quarterly model this year, the magazine has ceased production entirely. Also, the website will shut down by Dec. 6. [More]

AMA Attacks Photoshopping For Promoting Anorexia

AMA Attacks Photoshopping For Promoting Anorexia

Photoshopping is used in ads and on magazine covers to make models more “beautiful,” which often means “skinnier.” The American Medical Association says the practice needs to get reined in. “Exposure to media-propagated images of unrealistic body images” has been linked to “eating disorders and other child and adolescent health problems,” the group said in a press release. The group wants advertisers to adopt policies that would curtail altering photographs that lead to “models with body types only attainable with the help of photo editing software.” [More]

Time, Sports Illustrated & Fortune Offer Free iPad Access For New Subscribers

Time, Sports Illustrated & Fortune Offer Free iPad Access For New Subscribers

Most magazines are now available in digital formats, but very few offer simultaneous print and digital subscriptions for one price. Now a few of Time Inc.’s bigger print products have made a deal with Apple that would give some subscribers access to the iPad version of Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazines for no extra cost. [More]

Wired Invites You To Re-subscribe Before Sending Any Magazines

Wired Invites You To Re-subscribe Before Sending Any Magazines

Aggressive subscription renewals are nothing new in the dying field of magazines. But reader Ben was a little surprised when the first thing he received as a new subscriber to Wired wasn’t a welcome letter or a magazine. It was a solicitation to re-up for another year. [More]

Profiles In Niche Marketing: "Short Hair Magazine"

Profiles In Niche Marketing: "Short Hair Magazine"

I spotted this in the magazine rack at Walgreens last night. There is an entire magazine devoted just to short hair. It’s called Short Hair, and it turns out it’s been around for many years. While it sounds silly, one of it’s main selling points is that if you see a cut in there you like you can buy the glossy and show it to your stylist. Still, this is the apotheosis of niche marketing. I’m thinking of picking up a subscription but with my budget tight I’ll need to either drop Mason Jar Monthly, or Babe In The Hoods, a periodical devoted to pictures of attractive people wearing hooded sweatshirts. [More]

Retailers Do Not Want To Sell Magazines, Porn, Porn Mags

Retailers Do Not Want To Sell Magazines, Porn, Porn Mags

Add this to the woes facing the magazine industry: retailers are cutting back on the space they allocate to print products, and many are outright banning titles that show a little skin. Over the last three years, 18,000 North American retailers stopped carrying magazines, an 11.3% decline. [More]

Save Money On Magazine Subscriptions By Complaining About N00bs

Save Money On Magazine Subscriptions By Complaining About N00bs

Are you annoyed at the great introductory prices new subscribers to a magazine get, while old-timers’ subscription prices climb higher? Yeah, it’s the nature of subscriptions, but Gabe found a simple way around it: he called up the magazine and complained about the discrepancy. [More]

Atlantic Is Profitable, Thanks To Culture Shift And Checks

Atlantic Is Profitable, Thanks To Culture Shift And Checks

Defying the notion that the magazine business is careening at the edge of a digital abyss, the venerable Atlantic is about to turn its first profit in over ten years. The magazine cites a cultural shift that had employees think of themselves as “a venture-capital-backed start-up in Silicon Valley whose mission was to attack and disrupt The Atlantic.” [More]

Magazine That Stole Writer's Story Likely Shutting Down; Blames Writer

Magazine That Stole Writer's Story Likely Shutting Down; Blames Writer

Some people don’t know when to leave bad enough alone. Earlier this month, we brought you the story of a freelance writer who not only found out that a small cooking magazine had lifted her entire story without permission or payment, but then insulted the author saying she should have paid them for the tiny bit of editing they did on her text before printing it. Now the editor at the magazine says it’s likely curtains for the publication — and you’ll never guess who she’s blaming. [More]

Magazine Copies Entire Story From Web, Tells Writer She
Should Pay Them For Publishing It

Magazine Copies Entire Story From Web, Tells Writer She Should Pay Them For Publishing It

A writer was recently surprised to find that a piece she’d written about apple pies for a website in 2005 had been picked up wholesale by a small cooking magazine without anyone telling her. She was even more surprised by the reaction she received from one of the mag’s editors. [More]

Which Tabloids Give You The Most Lies For Your Buck?

Which Tabloids Give You The Most Lies For Your Buck?

Whether you like it or not, the five major glossy tabloids — Us Weekly, InTouch, Life & Style, Star and OK! — are still among the highest-selling periodicals, in spite of the fact that many readers know much of what’s printed between those magazines’ covers is stretching the truth, if not outright fiction. But the next time you’re stuck at the airport newsstand and you can’t decide which “Baby Time For Jen Aniston” cover to buy, there is now some guidance. [More]

Paste Is God's Magazine Now

Paste Is God's Magazine Now

When my dog, Goose, died last year, my then-2-year-old son rationalized “Goose is God’s dog now.” It seemed as positive a rationalization as possible to put on an untimely passing. So now I have to believe that, when headed to the crapper, God must be taking a rolled-up copy the beloved-but-obviously-not-beloved-enough-to-be-kept-alive Paste magazine with him. That’s presuming Paste went to periodical heaven and not where George magazine ended up. [More]

Summer's Eve To Ladies: If You Want A Raise, You'd Better Wash Your Hoo Hoo

Summer's Eve To Ladies: If You Want A Raise, You'd Better Wash Your Hoo Hoo

Maybe you thought bizarre “fix your naughty bits!” ads for feminine hygiene only appeared back in your grandparents’ era, but no. This Summer’s Eve ad from Women’s Day magazine says that if you want a raise, one of the first things you can do is shower with “Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash,” although it might also be a good idea to bring some “cleansing cloths” with you “for a quick freshness pick-me-up” right before you ask the boss for more money. That’s all in tip #1; tip #7 says “Don’t let the conversation stray or get personal.” [More]

Dead Magazine Coming Back As Zombie iPad App

Dead Magazine Coming Back As Zombie iPad App

Conde Nast announced plans to bring back the shuttered Gourmet Magazine as a free iPad app that gets users to pay for free stuff along the way with virtual currency, Farmville style. [More]

Watch Out For Stealth Magazine Subscriptions At Motherhood Maternity

Watch Out For Stealth Magazine Subscriptions At Motherhood Maternity

Derek tells Consumerist that expectant readers should be careful when shopping at Motherhood Maternity stores. His wife ended up with a stealth subscription to Parenting magazine that she claims she never asked for or approved. [More]