The last issue of Paved magazine on newsstands on Tuesday. Sad.
The last issue of Paved magazine on newsstands on Tuesday. Sad.
It is print media that is having a hard time. Everything from newspapers to books are going electronic and there is a whole generation of readers that use electronic readers to Cell phones and Computers. when you can hold 3000 books on one device and it weighs less than one book it makes it hard to sell a book. when you can get the book delivered to you over your server or WiFi in a few seconds for less money that also makes a book or magazine a hard sell. Just how I see it.
Still a bummer no matter what the cause. Personally even though I'm a retired technology director I can't embrace the iPad world. I prefer paper thank you. Wait until they invent digital toilet paper...:)
I've fallen in love with Audible. Wouldn't work for text books, of course, but for non-fiction and fiction with a good narrator I'm sure I get more out of the "read"
It's been years since I last bought a paper magazine of any kind. And the last two magazines I bought was to buy from some of the companies advertising (it was a classic boat magazine). Since then I have completely dropped buying magazines as I find not only the information outdated, but also the format. If I need something explained to me, I'd rather go on a forum or contact the manufacturer directly, and if I want to read ride reports (of any kind), travel reports, kayaking reports, or something else, I use forums too. I don't see the point of paper magazines at all anymore.
I once tried to get a digital New Scientist subscription. They were so behind the curve, that I could only read it online, and if I ordered the paper version, I would get a free online subscription. I asked directly why on earth I couldn't buy a subscription where I actually downloaded a pdf or epub edit: To read on me ebook reader or whatever), but to no avail: Online or paper, no download.
Not a tear shed from me regardless of how many magazines die off. Actual news media is another thing entirely.
Magazines, especially ones with beautiful picture spreads, are pricey. I cannot justify the cost and all of my cycling friends feel the same way. None of us have purchased a paper mag in years.
Darn shame because magazines done correctly are a piece of art.
Wired - beautifully and thoughtfully laid out, amazingly interesting articles, and I just got 2 years of monthly mags for $19.00. Even the ads seem especially tuned in to and designed for the reader, and I enjoy perusing them, also.
The conversion to electronic media isn't only what's killing these mags. The subscription price you pay to a mag only really covers the production cost of it and a bit more. The real revenue comes from the ads, which are sold on all editions. Unfortunately, the fact that there's not a reliable audit method for electronic ads is one of the reasons they sell for less money, which makes it tough to produce a publication that carries the offerings we're used to from a print world, while making the economics of the digital world work along with it.
The problem with too many magazines these days is the fact they have become a glitzy picture book. They have very little in depth technical information. Compare Bicycling now to an edition from the 80s. Same way with car magazines. Compare todays Car and Driver to one from the 60s. Lots of pictures, worries about the number of cup holders, and how soft the material on the dash is. BTW I do not fondle the dash as I drive. All the magazines seem to be printed for a person with no attention span. They seem to have a Twitter bent to them.
rydabent, you have observed the same as I. It is difficult for me to read some mags as they are choppy and lack real content. Picked up an expired Bicycling mag from the shop last week. Hey, freebies are always welcomed! To read it was a task in managing page content. Was so chopped up! Obviously it was designed for skimming and minimal depth of info. Very disappointed. Only one long article in it on Strava, the rest were snippets.
Remember spending an hour intently reading a mag from cover to cover? Blew through Bicycling in 10 minutes.
Have never read Wired. May go out and give it a whirl.
Never even saw that title on our bookstore's magazine rack, hate that it is going under but the bicycle magazine market seems saturated already, and not many of the title being published are worth the trouble to look at anymore. As said above several times, Bicycling seems to be intended for the Twitter and Facebook groups in its structure and content. I like the two titles I subscribe to (both in the print format,) Road Bike Action and Cycling Plus for their longer article format and decent pictures that don't overwhelm the words but are still well executed.
Ride Magazine out of Australia in another title I enjoy, but buying it here in the States or subscribing is very expensive. Peleton was the most disappointing newer title I have tried recently, it just didn't work for my taste, some love it and that is fine, different types for different people, that is why there are menus and different colourways offered.
I still subscribe to paper magazines, Wired and Bicycling for example. However a lot of my past subscriptions have gone all digital. PC Magazine and PC Word to name just two. I have no doubt that paper magazines are dying out, but I hope it takes a bit longer.
many Ive noted are Wholly paid for by advertising, and only having the copy sales as gravy schemes .
given the Internet in general is advertising funded ,
as a friend in the local paper says , advertising sales is the Last job to go ..
Paved was a pretty large format mag too .. big paper budget.
I subscribe to Road Bike Action. Pretty good and cheap.
Just discovered Cycle Sport. British publication. Kind of expensive, but full of reporting on pro cycling with lots of great photos. Will probably subscribe soon.
Paved and Peloton came out at about the same time and were by their format (if not exact content) in direct competition with each other. Joe Parkin (A Dog in A Hat) was the headliner for Paved, and was the guy that you would hope to have success with a magazine. Flipping through a couple of copies of each that I have, it's obvious that Peloton was much more successful in retaining advertisements. Everyone has to pay the bills.
ROAD magazine is a bigger format, all flash, no content publication, and RIDE from Oz is just too expensive. Although the the writing is fun.
I would go to the grocery store with my wife and look at the magazine rack and see several bicycle related magazines. Lately, I can't even find a one. Plenty of Teen, Hip Hop and muscle building magazines and the one with the most choices is gun related magazines. This seems to be a trend as I notice the same thing in most other magazine racks in places like Walmart and even Barns and Noble. I guess it's what the people are buying that keeps the shelves stocked. Whatever the magazine, I have to agree with those that posted that there is no more content in the magazines any more. Every story is cut off with an advertisement page (or two) and continued toward the back of the magazine. More snipits than anything else. Many of the articles lack true content and many even leave you hanging. I guess that , like on TV, you just can't find any decent writers any more.
I love the feel and smell of a book, magazine or newspaper. I see grown men on the morning train delicately flicking their hands across the bloodless surface of the 'tablets' which they pull from their man-purses. Depressingly, they are seldom reading in-depth articles of the kind found in a good broadsheet like the NYT or WSJ - they're usually playing games, 'texting', or frowning at their phone lists with the kind of mock seriousness you see on the faces of male models in fashion shoots. When there's no more paper, I'll adapt the way I did when movie rentals disappeared - I'll get along without.
My feeling is that when magazines start closing down, the interest in their subject is waning, too. Maybe, just maybe, the interest in cycling has peaked, and now is starting to decline. The participation rate in BFs is another one of those indicators that has been declining for a while. Another cycling website in Australia that I contemplated participating in shows almost no activity.
Having said that, a lot of what Mobile 155 says is true. I will glance through the local rag if someone has it, but most of the "news" is what I read and heard the day before. Just about all my news information comes through my computer.
And taken to its logical conclusion, I am being somewhat more environmentally friendly in not consuming newsprint and magazine paper.