Fast News for July 1, 2011

Fast News for July 1, 2011 SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> More Mags, Fewer Fails: As the publishing industry continues to recover from the economic recession, 138 magazines launched in the first half of 2011. In the first half of 2010, only 90 new titles came to fruition. The food and regional interest sectors boast the most launches, category-wise, in the first half of 2011, with new titles like Plum Hamptons hitting the market. A total of 74 publications have bitten the dust so far in 2011.

>> Meredith's Latest Meal: Meredith Corp. has acquired the EatingWell Media Group and launched, the company announced this week--less than two weeks after it shut down do-it-yourself magazine ReadyMade and eliminated 75 positions.

>> Harry Potter Releases EW from Spell: Entertainment Weekly is releasing its "Thank You, Harry!" double issue that charts the series dating back to the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which debuted in November 2001. This marks EW's 16th Harry Potter cover, and the film is just one short of the lead held by Julia Roberts, because her fame--starting with Pretty Woman in 1990--coincided with the magazine's launch 21 years ago. See all of EW's HP covers here.

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