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An airplane which suddenly drops 10,000 feet: Magazine business

Newsstand sales numbers are down 10 to 20 percent. "Historically, certain categories of magazine will encounter turbulence, but this time all categories were punished in the pileup," writes David Carr. Parse.ly conclude's that it's not a problem of the medium (print vs. digital), arguing that tablet-only magazines are in free-fall, too, but of the entire magazine market, which is "overpopulated."

New York Times :: Making a weekly newsmagazine has always been a tough racket. It takes a big staff working on punishing deadlines to aggregate the flurry of news, put some learned topspin on it and package it for readers. But that job now belongs to the Web and takes place in real time, not a week later.

[David Carr:] ... magazines, all kinds of them, don’t work very well in the marketplace anymore.

A report by David Carr, www.nytimes.com

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