FOLIO: WIRE | Another Digital Mag Growth Report | Sheridan + Desperate Horse = Niche Cover Concept | ABM’s DC Forum | That Quinc
By Dylan Stableford
Another Month, Another Glowing Report on Digital Mag Growth
, the digital publishing firm, has released another in what seems like the endless parade of studies and reports trumpeting digital magazine growth. The report, which reflects BPA and ABC publishers statements between June 2004 and June 2005, shows a 56 percent growth in circulation and number of digital titles, as well as a marked growth in international circulation (107 percent) and titles (138 percent). For its part, Zinio claims to have a 60 percent market share among the growing pool of digital publishing providers.
A Desperate Horse and Nicollette Sheridan Equals Niche Cover
, though nothing compared to the cacophony generated by her Terrell Owens/towel commercial on ABC’s Monday Night Football earlier this year. But what received virtually no business media coverage;that is, outside of equestrian-enthusiast circles;was Sheridan’s appearance on the cover of Show Circuit
, the Malibu, California-based quarterly for, well, horse lovers. Sheridan appeared on the cover of its summer issue with the cover line “Nicollette Sheridan On Rescuing Desperate Horses.”
, a California-based duo comprised of blonde twins (Lamb and Lynx Gaede) who’ve made headlines for their controversial lyrics and hate-mongering song cycles (they’ve even drawn comparisons to another pair of limelit blondes, with some referring to them as the Olsen Twins of the hate music circuit). The New York Post first reported
that Teen People had apparently struck a deal with the duo for an exclusive article only after agreeing to transfer some degree of editorial control to the pair’s handlers (Teen People has since scrapped the article, and the girls have reportedly gone into hiding). According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, ElleGirl, which had approached the group about a similar article, declined when presented with similar demands that included ElleGirl’s profile not running until a month after Teen People’s. In its current December/January issue, however, ElleGirl profiled another young, blonde indie rock duo, Smoosh, who’ve garnered critical acclaim in the often-jaded independent music journo circles. For their part, 13-year-old keyboardist Asy and 11-year-old drummer Chloe seem to be enjoying the spotlight, the Olsen Twins of Indie Rock tag notwithstanding.
;stocked with CD and DVD releases “ripped” from its pages. The magazine is partnering with bands and labels handpicked by its edit staff, as well as giving shoppers the option to pre-order albums before their street release.
In an effort to educate its members on such grinding public policy issues as postal reform, American Business Media
is planning its 2006 Washington Forum. The event will be “an opportunity for b-to-b media companies to present a unified voice to policy makers and ensure their message gets through,” says Jean Maddalon, ABM's CFO and architect of the forum. Check the association's site
for more info.
, to Time.com
beginning in January. “Andrew's blog is the first in what we hope will be a blog neighborhood on TIME.com, offering a central meeting point for opinions from all points of view,” Time managing editor Jim Kelly said in a statement announcing the move. It’s also a clear indication of Time’s recent push to beef up its Web presence (and cache). Earlier this year, Time.com unveiled an extensive archive, anmd has relied on updated news dispatches to boost its monthly traffic. (Time.com averages roughly 6 million unique visitors a month.)
“if a magazine spends $100,000 to do a cover, that would be a huge, astronomical amount. This cover will be far, far, far in excess of that because lenticular is very expensive from a production standpoint.” The American Society of Magazine Editors
recently noted Rolling Stone’s January 1981 cover photo of a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono as best cover of the last 40 years.
, the 5-year-old media and aggregated news portal founded by Patrick Phillips, is tallying votes for its annual Media Person of the Year
honor, slated to be announced Monday, December 5. Martha Stewart is among a list of finalists that includes Craiglist founder Craig Newmark, Gawker Media czar and 2005 FOLIO: 40 member Nick Denton and terrestrial radio eschewing Howard Stern. Daily Show host and “fake news” purveyor Jon Stewart won the award last year.