Digital Magazines: ‘Doing Nothing for Us’?
An odd moment happened Sunday at the Folio: Show during a pre-conference session. Doug Harbrecht, director, new media, for Kiplinger’s, effectively dissed the viability digital magazines. "They’re doing nothing for us," Harbrecht said. "They’re static … I think people are realizing that they just don’t want their content that way.
(Consider, of course, that Harbrecht also admitted that one of the most common refrains heard outside the office is "Oh, my Grandfather used to read Kiplinger’s.")
A few minutes later, an energetic team from Nxtbook, one of the show’s sponsors, gave its sales pitch to the same room about how digital is growing, vibrant and why people "just do want their content that way."
Nxtbook’s Marcum Grimm, citing industry research, said digital magazines will make up 30 percent in 15 years. Within 25 years, they will represent 75 percent, Grimm said, adding: "Zing!"