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Women's Magazines in the Digital World

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

In the news: Poynter.org examines the evolution of digital women's magazines.

Last week, Poynter.org ran a piece about Brooke Erin Duffy's 2013 book, Remake, Remodel: Women's Magazines in the Digital Age. A lot has evolved in women's magazine publishing over the past few decades, and Duffy highlights some of the challenges that this particular category faces in the digital marketplace.

Perhaps the biggest change is an influx of male editors into women's titles. While print magazine articles are still written primarily by women, Duffy worries that the same may not be true on the digital side. Moreover, the readers themselves are taking a more active role in content creation by blogging about and sharing magazine content. Further complicating matters is a recent uptick in native advertising, whose format tends to mimic editorial. Read more about Duffy's book here.

Also Notable

Spotify for Magazines

Netflix has changed the way we watch movies, and Spotify is changing the way we listen to music. Digital magazines are also looking to extend their reach, and the Readly app, now available in the UK, may be the publishing industry's answer to Netflix and Spotify. For a flat monthly fee of £9.99, users gain access to over 100 current magazine issues (and a year's worth of back issues). Read more about the app here.

Newsweek Print Magazine Returns

Newsweek is back in print thanks to IBT Media. The print run will be quiet small (70,000 copies), and issues will go for $7.95 apiece. The website will also meter its content and put up a paywall after a certain number of article views, even if users try to bypass the system by deleting cookies. Read more about the rehabbed Newsweek brand here and here.

2014 National Magazine Awards

ASME has announced its nominees for the 2014 National Magazine Awards. Up for Magazine of the Year are The Atlantic, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Fast Company, and New York Magazine. Read the complete list of nominees here.

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