Skip to comments.Magazine Newsstand Sales Halved from 2001-2011 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 09/13/2011 8:07:33 AM PDT by abb
The combined newsstand sales of 68 major American magazines declined by nearly half from 2001-2011, a MediaPost analysis of Audit Bureau of Circulations data revealed.
According to ABC FAS-FAX circulation reports, this group of leading weekly and monthly magazines saw total average newsstand sales plunge from 22,019,953 in the six-month period ending June 2001 to 11,562,028 in the six-month period ending June 2011 -- a 47.5% decline over the course of the decade.
Total newsstand sales have gradually collapsed over the last 10 years, accelerating in recent years in response to broader economic pressures. Newsstand sales have declined steadily, dropping every single year from 2001-2011. After slowly declining from 22 million in 2001 to just over 17 million in 2007, shedding 23% over the course of seven years, the rate of loss increased from 2008 to 2011 -- shedding another 32% in just four years.
The losses are also evenly distributed throughout the group, with 58 out of 68 magazines (85%) seeing newsstand sales decline from 2001-2011. Among the remaining 10 titles, newsstand sales growth was usually fairly modest -- in absolute numbers if not proportionally.
For example, Fast Company's newsstand sales increased 4.1% from 28,667 in 2001 to 29,841 in 2011, while Inc. grew 150% from 10,429 to 26,125 over the same period. The other 85% of magazines experienced declines that were often dramatic.
In one of the more ominous developments, women seem to be losing interest in many newsstand titles traditionally aimed at them, which are responsible for a large share of total newsstand sales. In the domestic category, from 2001-2011 newsstand sales fell 52.5% at Better Homes and Gardens, from 360,833 to 171,457, 67% at Good Housekeeping, from 1,025,517 to 339,528, and 59% at Ladies' Home Journal, from 367,667 to 151,051. Family Circle plunged 68.2% from 1,654,125 to 525,358, and Martha Stewart Living tumbled 60.3% from 499,666 to 198,700.
In fashion, beauty, and women's lifestyle mags, from 2001-2011 Allure dipped 45.4% from 283,730 to 155,016; Glamour 46.5% from 1,042,164 to 453,707; In Style 37.3% from 909,214 to 570,272; Marie Claire 67.3% from 607,125 to 198,752; Self 37% from 386,539 to 243,889; and Seventeen 39% from 465,172 to 295,530. The biggest losses came at Redbook, down 81% from 588,860 to 111,961, and Woman's Day, down 77.3% from 1,493,250 to 339,350.
More modest losses were seen at Cosmopolitan, down 16.6% from 1,918,279 to 1,599,305, and Vogue, which slipped 16.9% from 433,269 to 360,400. Some celebrity titles did better than others, with People declining a relatively modest 23.5% from 1,507,281 to 1,153,774, while Entertainment Weekly fell 70% from 106,471 to 31,823.
In epicurean and cooking titles, from 2001-2011 Bon Appetit fell 62.9% from 197,887 to 73,447, but more modest losses were seen at Cooking Light, down 29.5% from 229,961 to 162,270, Food & Wine, down 37.6% from 77,118 to 48,150, and Saveur, down 35% from 64,405 to 41,940.
As might be expected during the real estate downturn, shelter and regional lifestyle titles also took a hit, with Architectural Digest falling 47.6% from 129,726 to 67,994; Country Living 71.8% from 403,351 to 113,836; Southern Living 47.2% from 245,123 to 129,465; and Town & Country 38.8% from 60,534 to 37,056.
There were some unexpected bright spots in men's titles -- but that's not to say the category was spared by any means. From 2001-2011, Maxim saw newsstand sales plunge 70.5% from 825,162 to 243,737, while Details fell 32.7% from 68,038 to 45,789 and ESPN the Magazine tumbled 76.3% from 52,912 to 12,529. However, GQ declined just 16.7% from 201,864 to 168,968, and some titles actually increased: Esquire grew 20% from 69,551 to 95,470, and Men's Health tipped the half-million mark for several years before settling to 431,792 in 2011 -- still up 11.7% from 386,575 in 2001.
Among automotive enthusiast titles, Car and Driver fell 52.1% from 144,867 to 70,911; Motor Trend 52.3% from 160,722 to 76,621; Popular Mechanics 50.7% from 192,983 to 95,192; and Road and Track 62.8% from 147,750 to 54,262.
Although magazine publishers are looking to sell both digital single copies and subscriptions intended for consumption with tablet computers, e-readers and online, digital newsstand sales remain fairly low. In August Time Inc. revealed that it had sold a total of about 600,000 digital copies of People, Time,Sports Illustrated and Fortune across all platforms, and Conde Nast said it had sold a total of about 106,000 digital editions of its various magazines through Apple's iTunes store in the preceding six weeks, per Adweek.
Everyone ask yourselves how many magazines you buy today, compared to 10 years ago. How many do you buy on a newsstand? How many do you get via subscription?
And ask yourselves why you don’t get as many? Is it due to political awareness of the liberalism of the content? Is it because of the internet? Is it because we get so much information from the internet and 24/7 cable news, that you can only read so much information before you go on overload?
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Losing 23% of your subscribers is modest?
Any Freeper feedback on why these numbers are so drastically lower? Although I stopped buying them years back when I learned two of the three were French owned. I’m open to buying them now, just never got around to it.
Among automotive enthusiast titles:
Car and Driver fell 52.1% from 144,867 to 70,911;
Motor Trend 52.3% from 160,722 to 76,621;
Road and Track 62.8% from 147,750 to 54,262.
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Uhhhh, the article is about newsstand sales, not subscribers.
And it did say relatively modest, relative to the other numbers.
I was curious which magazines are actually growing. Were they conservative? Maybe I missed something, but when I looked through, just about the only one that seems to be growing is Men’s Health.
So, it’s not conservative readers, it’s just girlie men anxious about their health and looking for fashionable advice. I imagine that’s a rapidly growing demographic sector.
Well, except the Washington Times and Examiner...
News stands ... rapidly going the way of Harness Shops and Livery Stables ... for exactly the same reason
Do they track sales of Ebony, JET or Oprah?
there is no useful information in any of them. It is all fluff and no real world info.
they are just advertisements pretending to be articles.
the internet has more and varied information.
Women must go somewhere else to get their daily dose of low self esteeme and beauty tips.
Puffed up liberal elite narcissists aren’t that much fun to read? How can it be? /s
Are you saying it's boring reading puffed-up liberal narcissistic air-heads? What's next, are you going to say you don't like shock art either?
I refused to renew subscriptions on two of these. Politics in a car magazine. These liberals would rather kill a magazine then take their political views out of it.
Newsstand sales are down 50%..but I suspect that total pages, especially ad pages are down lots more. I can remember when an issue of Forbes or Fortune, in the 90's..was about as many pages as t he manhattan phone book.
Lots of women's mags are sold at the supermarket checkout line...the impulse buy..and with food prices going through the roof..no wonder they're not flying off the racks.
There's a huge disconnect between the single issue newsstand price, and the cost of a paid subscription..some subscription rates are obvious money losers..90% off the regular rate, AND a promo prize...it makes no sense whatsoever...
Next time you're at a newsstand, say at an airport, and have some time to kill...if it's quiet, talk to the attendant, ask him how many copies get sent back each month. I've done this..and many times hardly any get sold..This is very expensive for the publishers..
In my three-parish (county) area, the weeklies are managing to hang on because of the legal ads that are paid for with tax dollars. Consequently, if there is news that might upset too many local politicians, it doesn’t get reported unless I do it at Lincoln Parish News Online.
Where newspapers thrive
At a time when doomsayers are predicting the death of traditional journalism, thousands of small-town weeklies are doing just fine, thank you.
And the reason why the small-town weeklies are doing just fine is that they practice traditional journalism. They report facts, leave their editorializing to that section of the paper, and dig up news rather than rehash some AP garbage.
The sage advice that Sam Goldwyn had for the movie business applies in spades to journalism: "If you want to send a message, call Western Union."
“Any Freeper feedback on why these numbers are so drastically lower?”
I do not pay much attention to the automotive rags anymore because it seems like all of the reviews are really just big suck-ups to their advertisers. They seem to skip over the warts and flaws all together.
I used to subscribe to some of the rags like Classic Trucks,
Hotrod, Car Craft, and Truckin’. In the olden days they had some pretty good tech articles on chopping tops and clipping frames and real custom work. Now it seems the tech articles are something like “Part 1 of 5 on installing your new bug shield.”
I don’t know if I outgrew them or if we just passed each other going opposite ways.
The only mags I get now is the NRA and TSRA and would probably opt out if it was available.
I subscribe to World Magazine, it is a good biweekly that doesnt insult my intelligence or my faith.
I also subscribe to First Things, and Chronicles, and occasionally to the New Oxford Review.
I get an NRA magazine, Downeast, and Yankee as well as the AAA mag that comes with my subscription
Country Living and Small Stock Journal and Backwoods Home are both in the mailbox.
I send subscriptions to the Smithsonian to an elderly relative.
My son gets Field and Stream, we canceled Outdoor Life and Peterson’s Hunting.
We also get Farm and Ranch.
And a billion catalogs.
The only mag that we know of is conservative is Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. We met the founder and some of his staff who hilariously tried to “debate” 9/11 truthers on a forum. Our company subscribes to it.
And believe it or not, there are conservatives working at the Hollywood Reporter. We “know” them as well here in Hollywood.
I don't see how magazines holding onto 50% of their sales is good news. I would have prefered that number be closer to 10% and heading toward zero.