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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kirkus Bought by NBA Pacers Owner

posted @ 2/10/2010 05:12:00 PM PT 

Kirkus was bought by shopping mall developer Herb Simon, who also owns the Indiana Pacers basketball team and co-owns independent bookstore Telecote Books in Montecito CA. Terms were not disclosed.

Simon's business partner Marc Winkelman will become chief executive of the company, now called Kirkus Media. Elaine Szewczyk will remain editor and Eric Liebetrau managing editor, and Winkelman says no immediate changes to the print edition are planned.

Link to New York Times story

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kirkus Resurrected

posted @ 1/05/2010 11:05:00 AM PT 

According to memos by managing editor Eric Liebetrau, Kirkus Reviews is restarting publication, with "a buyer in the works" and the sale to be completed in the next two to three weeks. Nielsen Business Media announced late last year its plan to shut down both trade magazines Kirkus Reviews and Editor & Publisher, however the prognosis for the publications is much improved as of early 2010. Kirkus will publish a second issue in January, and staffers of Editor & Publisher have launched an exile blog while awaiting the possible sale.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Starlog Ceasing Print Publication

posted @ 4/11/2009 07:58:00 PM PT 

Starlog.com announced the April 2009 print issue of Starlog magazine, #374, will be the last, at least for now, with issue #375 to be available in the future in digital format only. The magazine says it is a "temporary cessation of the current run of Starlog as a print magazine. After 33 years, and considering the present state of the economy, we feel its time for a major revamp and will be temporarily discontinuing publication while the model and redesign of the magazine are contemplated and executed."

It's often been the case for print magazines that a temporary cessation is actually permanent, so whether this really will be a revamping of the print magazine, or in the end a shift to digital only, is hard to say. Starlog has long played an important role in covering science fiction, and the various reactions to the news seem to come to the same conclusion, that this is "the end of an era."

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Magazine Distribution Woes

posted @ 2/04/2009 12:58:00 PM PT 

Many magazines, including F&SF, are facing distribution problems. Editor Gordon Van Gelder recently posted on his blog that "There are upheavals going through the magazine distribution business right now and they’re going to affect F&SF. Specifically, copies that were distributed through Anderson News Corp. or Source Interlink might not be distributed right now."

Those two distributors have instituted a 7-cent per copy surcharge for all the magazines they distribute. Publishers were given until February 1st to comply, but many can't afford the additional cost, and others are refusing on principle -- including the largest magazine publisher in the country, Time Inc., which produces People, Sports Illustrated, and other major publications.

Source Interlink and Anderson news are responsible for about half the retail magazine sales in the US, and distribution for many magazines is likely to be spotty until alternate arrangements can be made.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Realms of Fantasy Closing

posted @ 1/27/2009 01:07:00 PM PT 

Realms of Fantasy will be shutting down operations after publication of the April 2009 issue, which is already at the printer. Managing editor Laura Cleveland told Locus she found out last night, saying, "I'm really upset by the whole thing." She had hoped to get in touch with editor Shawna McCarthy, on vacation in Italy, and the writers and artists before the announcement was made public, but the news broke today on the blogosphere. "I told one writer, and next thing you know... Now I really understand how the Internet works."

The closure is primarily due to plummeting newsstand sales, the problem currently faced by all of the fiction magazines. "We're shelved in the back of the bookstores. Nobody can even find us."

Realms of Fantasy started in 1994, and had been looking forward to publishing its 100th issue this year.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

F&SF Goes Bimonthly

posted @ 1/05/2009 12:13:00 PM PT 

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is switching from a monthly to a bimonthly publishing schedule beginning with the April/May 2009 issue. Each installment will be 256 pages (16 pages more than current double-issues, nearly 100 pages more than current standard issues), except for a "jumbo" anniversary issue. Publisher and editor Gordon Van Gelder explains, "We've made the change because rising costs — especially postal costs — and the current economy put us in a position where we either had to raise our rates severely or cut back somewhere.... We'll lose a little more than 10% of our content this year, but we should be in a great position for the coming years."

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