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The Magazine Industry Is Not Dead, It Is Evolving

Updated: Nov 13, 2022


It's no secret that the magazine industry has been in decline for years. With the rise of digital media, magazines have been struggling to keep up. But does that mean that the magazine industry is dead? Not quite. While magazines may not be as popular as they once were, there are still many people who enjoy reading them. And, more importantly, there are still many magazines that are thriving. Here's a look at the current state of the magazine industry and what the future may hold.

The current state of the magazine industry

According to a 2019 report from the Alliance for Audited Media, total magazine circulation (both print and digital) was down 7% in 2018. That being said, there are still a number of successful magazines out there. In fact, many magazines have been able to adapt to the changes in the industry and are doing quite well. For example, Wired magazine has seen its

subscription base grow by 50% since 2015. And The New Yorker's digital subscription business is now larger than its print subscription business. Clearly, there is still a market for magazines.

Let's face it, The Internet Killed Magazines (Or At Least Made Them Seriously Ill)

The internet has been both a blessing and a curse for the magazine industry. On the one hand, it's never been easier to get your magazine in front of potential readers. A few clicks and your favorite publication is yours for the reading. But on the other hand, who needs to buy a magazine when you can find everything online for free? After all, why pay for something when you can get it for free? This attitude has led to declining print sales and advertising revenue for magazines, however, with the pandemic and COVID, we are seeing a rise in new publications being created.

What the future may hold


While the future of the magazine industry is uncertain as so many readers still love a great physical product, it's safe to say that it will continue to evolve. We may see more consolidation as smaller magazines are bought up by larger publishers. We may also see more magazines move to digital-only formats or offer digital subscriptions as an alternative to print subscriptions. Whatever happens, one thing is certain: magazines are not going away anytime soon.

The magazine industry is not dead, but it is evolving. With the rise of digital media, magazines have been struggling to keep up. However, there are still many people who enjoy reading them. And, more importantly, there are still many magazines that are thriving. The future of the magazine industry is uncertain, but one thing is certain: magazines are not going away anytime soon.

So what do you think? Is the magazine industry dying? Or is there still a place for magazines in the digital age?

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