It’s always easier to look back at a year when the review turns up mostly good news, and, as it turns out, 2013 was a pretty good year for magazine, catalog and book markets alike.
Especially after the 2012 end-of-year report by MediaPost News about a continued loss of advertising revenue in magazine markets, the best news for 2013 was the continued and significant decline of magazine closures. Only 56 titles closed in 2013, down from 82 closures in 2012 and a cataclysmic high of 428 closures in 2009. This, added to growing magazine readership, indicates the magazine market is stabilizing. Hopefully, the just- approved exigent postal rate increase won’t reverse this positive trend.