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...However, if you count the magazines I bum off of family members when visiting home, you could add

Image Journal

Books and Culture

PC Magazine

Christian Musician

Acoustic Guitar

CCM magazine

Christianity Today

Reader's Digest

Time

US News

Gilbert Magazine

Relevant.

Hmmmm... that's interesting. American magazine reading habits seriously differ from our own. This isn't to say that we don't have a *ahem* vibrant magazine culture - of course retailers make the most of every possible niche market existing (and I'm sure some retailers really do) however I don't know anyone other than me that subscribes. We're definitely a 'ooh that looks interesting' whilst you're queueing at the local spar kinda culture. I'm sure there's data somewhere that backs this.

However, as for Americans, the tradition of nabbing other people's magazines goes back to the publication of "America's favourite magazine" Life. At it's peak, it sold 8 million copies weekly and on average 4 people read each copy. Nuts, don't you think? What's crazier is that it was losing money hand over fist for this precise reason. It wasn't able to sustain it's print runs as they actually lost money with subscriptions (I'm pretty sure that the majority of revenue with US mags was and continues to be made on the ads, hence their cheap as chips cover prices, though I still have to totally 100% verify this.) It actually stopped publication as 2 years after this 8 million peak.

*yawn*

sorry. going off onto dissertation territory and as i'm in the middle of yet another late night writing session i got carried away with the opportunity to procrastinate in a semi-purposeful manner.

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I subscribe to one--I'm fairly hesitant to actually say what it is. No, I'm not going to say what it is; it's an entertainment magazine that's gone downhill 400% since its inception a few years ago. It's basically Maxim-lite now. My subscription is almost up. I can't wait.

If I had my druthers, though, I'd subscribe to Books & Culture, Pages, Poets & Writers, and Paste. Maybe someday.

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At it's peak, i[Life] sold 8 million copies weekly and on average 4 people read each copy. Nuts, don't you think? What's crazier is that it was losing money hand over fist for this precise reason. It wasn't able to sustain it's print runs as they actually lost money with subscriptions (I'm pretty sure that the majority of revenue with US mags was and continues to be made on the ads, hence their cheap as chips cover prices, though I still have to totally 100% verify this.) It actually stopped publication as 2 years after this 8 million peak.

Oh yes. When I was in the magazine business, we paid for all the expenses of magazine production, including all salaries, through the ads. The magazine subscriptions and the stand sales were pure profit. If you aren't paying for all of your expenses with advertisements, then the magazine is probably losing vast amounts of money.

As an editor, one of my jobs was to locate or create editorial at the last minute in order to add content in case we sold additional 16 pages of ads in the final day(s) of production. On several occasions, I had to create 1,000 to 1,600 words articles/interest pieces in less than 24 hours to make our deadlines.

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At it's peak, i[Life] sold 8 million copies weekly and on average 4 people read each copy. Nuts, don't you think? What's crazier is that it was losing money hand over fist for this precise reason. It wasn't able to sustain it's print runs as they actually lost money with subscriptions

Fretboard Journal is printed in CHINA! Think of that! I's a quarterly with a pretty hefty subscription price, and they use archive-quality paper, but I was shocked to learn that they actually save enough on printing costs to make it worthwhile to print overseas.

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The New Yorker

National Geographic (only to validate a Publisher's Clearing House entry 8O )

Image Journal

Disc Golf World News

Sherry gets Runner's World

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ESOPUS

Paste

ARTnews

Border Crossings

Canadian Art

Lapham's Quarterly

CIVA SEEN (?)

occasional pick-ups:

geez

HOW

the Believer

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Actively (As in I pay for them)

Entertainment Weekly

Creative Screenwriting

Game Informer

Didn't Pay For It Intentionally:

Us Weekly-I had a subscription to Premier Magazine-when they closed their doors, the company replaced it with US Weekly. The subscription never ran out.

Don't Really Have Any Idea how These Started Arriving at My Doorstep, but I didn't order them:

Better Homes and Garden

Maxim

(both appear to be gift subscriptions, but noone came foreward to take credit)

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Poets and Writers

Glimmer Train

Relief

Image

Books and Culture

Bookmarks

Ruminate

The Writer's Chronicle (Part of the membership in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs)

Relevant

Log Home Living

Early American Life

American History

Smart Computing

Food and Family (cooking)

Healthy Cooking (cooking)

Fighting the impulse to subscribe to Nat'l Geographic. Will probably succumb soon.

(Various flying magazines also arrive at my house; even though I read them they aren't mine!)

Hello. My name is Cheryl and I'm a magazine addict. :o

Edited by CherylR

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Cough.

Cough.

I love how Greg always is telling us about new magazines! :)

But seriously:

Image

Entertainment Weekly

ESPN (the husband gets this with his ESPN Insider subscription, it has great features)

The Sporting News (another sports related freebie for the husband)

Local newspaper

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On 11/17/2006 at 2:05 PM, Christian said:

We get:

 

The Week

 

The Weekly Standard

 

The Atlantic Monthly

 

Debt-Proof Living

Popping back in to observe today's official demise of the Weekly Standard. As noted above, I subscribed from sometime in the 1990s to around 2010, if memory serves. I read the online site for years, and endured endless come-ons to get me to sign up again, both through the U.S. mail and online offers that seemed to think a free flag pin was the key to getting me to re-up.

Nope. I just found the magazine, which I'd liked for its good humor as well as some of its positions, had grown dour during the second Bush term (for obvious reasons) and the early Obama administration, and I didn't need to keep reading stuff that fed my disdain/anger. The magazine was known for its neocon orientation, which means a lot more than pro-war, although that's what came to define the term during the Bush administration. But nearly all my links on A&F (I just searched "Weekly Standard" in this forum and saw a number of hits across various threads in which I linked to WS articls) were to the magazine's culture writing. I was inevitably positive. Nathanael often pushed back and mocked some of the essays, if memory serves.

I wish the magazine was still around so its pieces could continue to be read and debated, but alas, that's no longer the case. I've been touched by the outpouring on Twitter observing the magazine's demise, even from people who, in the words of one writer, "revile" the magazine's politics but still see its demise as a bad thing. Of course, some people are dancing on the magazine's grave, and that's to be expected. But I feel like its shuttering marks the end of something that I cared about, and that there's no sign that it'll be replaced. If you're looking for me, you know where to find me: In the ashbin of history, right next to this magazine. 

Edited by Christian

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11 hours ago, Christian said:

 But I feel like its shuttering marks the end of something that I cared about, and that there's no sign that it'll be replaced. 

 

That shuttering is a particular kind of wistful feeling that I've felt only a handful of times in my life, but I relate to the feeling if not the particular object that prompted it for you. Feel your pain. 

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