Megan Fitzpatrick's announcement that Robert Lang, Glen Huey and Chuck Bender
are leaving PW on Oct 15:
not in my mind. Glen Huey is like baby Huey.. I can't stand his methods.
Many of which are very dangerous. and he teaches this.
Rob Lang is pretty good.
I think the magazines are useless these days. More advertising and
little good content. I have not subscribed for years now. I miss having
reading material for the throne, but it's just not that good anymore.
What I miss is the valuable tips, but I think most everything is
retreads these days... Most of the magazines are geared for beginners.
As are most magazines and newspapers. Thinner and not as frequent.
Used to be every magazine was 12 issues, but now many are 10, or even 8
a year. I've been a subscriber to Reader's Digest for about 50 years
During that recent 12 or so, they have filed bankruptcy twice and again
have gone back to 10 issues for a while to cut costs.
Between cable news 24 hours a day and internet sources, print media is
fading fast. It may never go away, but the competition is tough. I
still get the daily paper for $34 a month, but one more good columnist
gone and it goes.
We stopped our newspaper as they hardly delivered it. I could not
believe they didn't try to correct it. After we cancelled we kept
getting calls to re-subscribe... for what.. you have to deliver it.
The thing about news print is that you get a better less sensationalized
story vs TV. I still do not like internet news.. it's not as practical
to read. Scanninig is a pain...
As far as magazines, they made their own bed.. They catered to the
advertisers, and not the clients buying the magazines. It works for the
women, as they like buying things, it doesn't work for the men as well.
The Consumer Advocate columnist at the Hartford Courant left over a
dispute. He wanted to run a column about a mattress chain that is one
of the Courant's biggest advertisers. He lost a lot of sleep (and a
job) over Sleepys
I agree with you on this. I've been re-reading some old
American Woodworker mags from the early 90's (and noting
a whole bunch of projects I "meant to do someday"). There
doesn't seem to be anything like that today - it's either
entry level stuff like Wood or Woodsmith, or Fine Woodworking
style "we're not going to give you the details because
you're a pro and already know it". There's not much for
the guy(*) who knows the basics and needs guidance to expand
(* or gal)
I'm sure many of the magazine publishers would agree that they are in
the "info-tainment" business.
They also apparently need to try to run on a shoestring budget. To my
mind, every article which is a poorly-veiled advertisement
earns a -1, and yes I have started screening for them. My expectations
and my subscriptions have already been adjusted accordingly.
Maybe it would be interesting for us to compare the circulation figures
of the various woodworking magazines.
According to my new Shop Notes, They printed 149,782 copies on average
over the last year, 105,489 for paid circulation (subscription, if I
The figures for the present issue were several percentage points lower
than these averages.
Paid circulation is subscriptions and single-copy (e.g. newsstand)
sales. Typically those are broken down on following lines.
Usually there'll also be lines for non-paid circulation (i.e.
copies given away at shows, etc), for returns from vendors,
and for "not distributed".
I think the thing you were looking at is the post office
statement (required to mail magazines at magazine rate). More
useful for the question you have is the ABC audited circulation
numbers (which is what advertisers look at). I don't know of
anywhere you can just look that up (without paying for an ABC
membership), but Wood magazine claims an audited circulation
of something like 550,000.
Yes, it indicates 12,022 of the 105,489 were "over the counter sales", etc..
It also indicates 32,075 copies not distributed. Where would those go
(the figure seems excessive)?
Can someone validate the 550,000 figures for Wood. My idea is that we
would collectively make a table.
I could go get an old copy of Wood from the next room, but this supposed
to be a group project! ; )
On a related note, gas dropped to $2.83/gal. this week in central Indiana.
The last time we "got" a paper it was the opposite. They kept
throwing it in our driveway and wouldn't stop. A few months later
they tried to collect the bill. "Show me the signature authorizing
the billing." Crooks.
Printed newspapers are just as much dreck, if not more so. I find
scanning easier since I can search. I'd rather scan documents on a
computer (or the Internet) but would rather read the printed word. At
work I both use both printed and "live" PDFs of specifications. I
usually have both open when I'm studying a new part.
So did newspapers. May they die a painful death. From the ashes,
something might grow.
Not sure what you mean but basically, it's the same thing as putting a
sign saying $25 on the sofa you just pulled out to the street. If the
sign said "free", no one would take it because it's worthless.
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