Harris Publications is Shutting Down
The nearly 40-year-old New York-based publisher notified employees today that it's going out of business, citing the "rapid ascendance of digital media."
In one fell swoop, magazine media's ongoing digital disruption claims another victim.
New York-based enthusiast publisher Harris Publications notified employees today that the company is shutting down, effective immediately, after nearly four decades.
Founded in 1977, Harris published a wide variety of special interest magazines over the years, including newsstand mainstays SLAM, Guitar World, XXL, King, Revolver, and Woman. At the time of its closure, the company's portfolio included Naturally, Danny Seo; Great Backyards; Celebrity Hairstyles; Juicy; Rides; Who's Who in Baseball; and Guns & Weapons, among several others.
"The magazine publishing industry has been through turmoil in the face of the rapid ascendance of digital media, changing consumer content preferences, magazine wholesaler struggles and consolidation in the supply chain," read an official company statement obtained by Folio:. "We have tried mightily to persevere against these forces, but have been unable to overcome these challenges."
The news comes just a month after Harris re-hired longtime publisher Jonathan Rheingold as CRO.
Read the full company statement below:
It is with great sadness that we are announcing the closing of Harris Publications. For nearly 40 years, Harris Publications has been a mainstay in enthusiast publishing.
We are extremely grateful for the tremendous contributions of our employees, past and present. The hard work and dedication of our creative, sales, circulation and operations teams and the talents of our freelance editors, writers, photographers and designers are what allowed us to continue delivering thoughtful and beautiful magazines to our readers.
The magazine publishing industry has been through turmoil in the face of the rapid ascendance of digital media, changing consumer content preferences, magazine wholesaler struggles and consolidation in the supply chain. We have tried mightily to persevere against these forces, but have been unable to overcome these challenges.
This is a developing story.
Editor's note: This article is about the New York-based publisher. The similarly named Harris Publishing, based in Idaho, is still in business.