Fast News for Ocotober 4, 2011

Fast News for Ocotober 4, 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.

>> Print Booming (A Little): According to Mr. Magazine, Q3 2011 saw the debut of at least 219 new magazine titles on the newsstand. A few well-known publishers are in the new mix, with National Geographic releasing Exploring History in mid-September. Worth publisher Sandow Media also debuted a new offering with Vegas/Rated in mid-August.

>> Shrinkage at Hearst: Harper's Bazaar had a rough first half of 2011. It was the only major fashion magazine to suffer a decrease in ad pages and experienced the biggest decline in newsstand sales. New plans have the mag increasing its trim size, but reducing its frequency (for the second time in two years), according to WWD. The magazine will also upgrade paper and cover stock.

>> Meanwhile, Back on the iPad: Flipboard CEO Mike McCue revealed that his app has hit 3.5 million downloads in just 14 months, and has gone from 250 million up to 550 million flips per month since the summer. The 3.5 million figure is impressive considering Apple has said that it will have sold a total of 35 million iPads in 18 months. McCue said that the peak hours for the app are between 8pm-10pm at night, and then first thing in the morning.

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