BoSacks’ Annual New Year’s Message Resonates with Hope and Light
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Seems Lois Lane and BoSacks have something in common. Both are convinced that no matter how dark it may seem at the moment, the light will return, and those who see the darkness for what it is will see new...
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Hail the Humble Newsstand, Pandemic Hero
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The corner newsstand took a series of near-fatal blows over the last several years as digital disruption upset everything from consumer reading habits to physical distribution. Yet it’s getting some much needed TLC as consumers rediscover the simple pleasure of...
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Newsstands Hanging on During Stay-at-home Orders
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Newsstands in NYC © 2010 JON CRISPIN You gotta hand it to the newsstand. It’s nothing if not resilient. In spite of a dysfunctional distribution model and declining sales over the years, they still exist and account for about 10%...
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Bauer Media Fires a Shot Across the Bow of the Newsstand Duopoly
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In much the same way that the digital ad industry is dominated by the Facebook/Google duopoly, the newsstand distribution model is largely run by two major wholesalers who handle around 90% of retail magazine distribution. This untenable situation has one...
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Finding Success in Today’s Newsstand Boils Down to This
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For many magazine publishers, the state of the newsstand isn’t exactly the stuff of sweet dreams these days. Yet for some, it’s been a heady time, with new titles and new-found audiences breaking the mold for newsstand revenue.  What’s the...
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Publishers Clap Back at TNG’s Newsstand Bailout Request
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When magazine wholesaler TNG asked major publishers to pony up to rescue their newsstand distribution, the overriding response was “get lost.” To some, it might seem counterintuitive – magazine publishers have relied on the newsstand for decades, and if TNG...
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Magazine Wholesaler Asks Publishers to Pony Up
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“The newsstand business is going through a difficult transition.” That could be the understatement of the decade. And it’s especially telling when it’s uttered by someone whose company just raised rates on newsstand publishers. According to Tony Silber writing in...
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Fixing the Broken Retail Magazine Distribution Channel
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John Harrington is pulling no punches talking about the current state of the magazine industry. In a recent letter in BoSacks’ Media Intelligence newsletter, the industry veteran asks a simple question: Is there a future in the magazine retail distribution...
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Dear Cover Design Team…We Need to Talk
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Joe Berger has a request. Okay, make that a plea. An impassioned plea. “Why won’t you let someone from the newsstand in on the cover design meetings?” he asks in this recent blog post. “Why don’t you accept some of...
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The One Thing Small Publishers Can’t Do on the Newsstand
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One industry analyst believes that those deep subscription discounts are bad news, especially for smaller publishers. As the always-intriguing D. Eadward Tree pointed out last summer, there’s one thing that most everybody gets wrong about the newsstand. “There are many...
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