Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On the future of magazines:

Anyone who's seen the living room of my apartment can tell you, I'm a magazine hoarder collector. And while I usually get annoyed with the "death of print journalism" talk, its sadly one of the more visible effects of the current recession, as magazines are (pun) folding left and right.

But just as Amazon's Kindle has proven successful for the millions who would rather not spend hours reading a classic novel on the computer screen, there's a need for a similarly portable, visual-friendly solution for magazine-lovers. Thankfully, innovative thinkers at research and development firm BONNIER R&D are hard at work testing these concepts.

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

As for the "death of print" discussion... Here's a great round-table interview by Jeff Chang (*author of Can't Stop Won't Stop) with Alan Light, former editor of both Spin and Vibe magazines, about the collapse of the latter publication earlier this year. Joining them is Raymond Roker, longtime editor of URB and recent Huffington Post and Washington Post blogger/columnist.

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