The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



January 26th, 2010

More News About the Life of Print

“The McGraw-Hill Companies reported a 43.2% increase in fourth quarter EPS,” says today’s press release.(Log-in may be required). The big gains were in McGraw-Hill Education at 2.6% and in Financial Services at 10.6%. “Information & Media” declined by 11.4%; you’ll have to dig deeper than I have to figure that one out. The major message…

November 25th, 2009

Magazine Closures: Trying to Understand the Numbers

As reported in MediaDailyNews, according to figures released by, part of Oxbridge Communications (the “publication of record” on all data related to North American magazine publishing companies and their titles), 383 magazines closed in the first nine months of 2009, compared with 259 new titles launching (emphasis mine).¬† However “the number of closures in…

November 13th, 2009

Your Quote of the Day

This gem from this week’s The Economist: “In the eyes of media executives, the internet is a malevolent vacuum-cleaner, sucking in one business after another.”

November 11th, 2009 Relaunches

Since its launch in 1995 I’ve been a fan of, even though it was still in the early days of the Web. Salon’s history has been oft-recorded. One account, from the improbable (which is selling an early share certifiate as memorabilia¬†for $70 bucks) notes that “journalism veterans David Talbot, Andrew Ross, and David…