Peter Kafka

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Magazine Publishers Turn Back From the Abyss

Magazine publishers took a particularly brutal beating during the last ad recession, so they have a very long way to go if they’re going to climb back. Still, this is a start: Ad pages increased 3.6 percent in the last three months, and that’s the second consecutive quarter of growth, according to the industry trade group that used to call itself the Magazine Publishers of America. Worth noting that Condé Nast’s Wired, which may have the most successful iPad magazine app, saw ad pages jump 32.8 percent.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work