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Aug 20th 2014

Today in History: 1998: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval; 1988: Iran–Iraq War: a cease fire is agreed after almost eight years of war; 1914: German forces occupy Brussels; 1882: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia. Holidays and Observances: World Mosquito Day.

Day 232 there are 133 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Jacopo Peri, Composer, 1561-1633;
Bernardo O'Higgins,
Politician, 1778-1842;
H. P. Lovecraft, Author/Poet, 1890-1937;
Jim Reeves, Singer, 1923-1964;
Yootha Joyce, Actress, 1927-1980;
Don King, Boxing promoter, 1931-;
Robin Oakley, Journalist, 1941-;
Isaac Hayes, Musician, 1942-2008;
Rajiv Gandhi, Politician, 1944-1991;
Connie Chung, Journalist, 1946-;
Al Roker, Weatherman, 1954-;
Joan Allen, Actress, 1956-;
Colin Cunningham, Actor, 1966-;
Amy Adams, Actress, 1974-;

James Ormond, Cricketer, 1977-;
Rochelle Gadd, Actress, 1980-.

People died today:
Agrippa Postumus, 12BC-14;
Mochta, Disciple, ???-535;
Martin Opitz, Poet, 1597-1639;
Cornelis de Witt, Politician, 1623-1672;
Johan de Witt, Politician, 1625-1672;
Jean-Baptiste Pigalle,
Sculptor, 1714-1785;
Pope Pius VII, 1740-1823;
Pope Pius X, 1835-1914;
Charles Bannerman,
Cricketer, 1851-1930;
Norris Bradbury, Physicist, 1909-1997;
Leona Helmsley, "Queen of Mean",
Dom Mintoff, Politician, 1916-2012;
Phyllis Diller, Comedienne, 1917-2012;

Elmore Leonard, Author, 1825-2013.

"This is the dawn of a new and exciting period of growth for AMI." All because AMI, according to Michael Rondon at 'is converting almost 25 percent of its outstanding debt into equity holdings for its new owners.' This means AMI's debt is reduced by about 25% and reports Michael 'according to its 2014 fiscal year annual report, the company relies on print for 57 percent of its revenue, with more than three-quarters of those dollars' from newsstand sales. For more, click here.

Nicole Levy at scribes that 'Condé Nast is selling the fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily, and the bulk of the other titles and businesses in its Fairchild Fashion Media division, to Penske Media Corporation. Says Alexandra Steigrad at the deal includes 'WWD, its archive, Footwear News, M Magazine and the Fairchild Summits and events business.' Some brands that were the property of Fairchild will however stay at Condé Nast, for more on this, click here.

Dan Gilbert the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers is said to be in talks to buy a bit of the Robb Report. $60,000,000 is the apparent asking price, so suggests Keith J. Kelly at the new York Post - and Keith is the guy that would know! Says Mr. Kelly 'the 52-year old Detroit native has no experience running any publishing entities' but if the deal is done, the current management would remain. For more, click here.

Hearst Launching TrendingNY in New York Metro Area

ISIS., a militant group releases a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, possibly by a British man.
Police in Paraguay arrest a fugitive Brazilian fertility doctor, Roger Abdelmassih, convicted of sexually abusing 39 of his patients.
Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides.
Independence 'would devastate BBC'.
Shares in South Africa’s largest banks have fallen after being downgraded by the credit ratings agency Moody’s.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron returns to Downing St for talks on Islamic State threat following video of James Foley "killing".

Aug 19th 2014

Today in History: 1561: Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France; 1854: The First Sioux War begins; 1934: The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio; 1989: Radio Caroline, the offshore pirate station in the North Sea, is raided by British and Dutch governments. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 231 there are 134 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Eustace Budgell, Politician, 1686-1737;
Orville Wright, Pilot, 1871-1948;
Coco Chanel,
Fashion designer, 1883-1971;
Ogden Nash, Poet, 1902-1971;
Gene Roddenberry,
Screenwriter, 1921-1991;
Frank McCourt, Author, 1930-2009;
Johnny Nash, Singer, 1940-;
William Clinton, Politician, 1946-;
Mary Matalin, Political consultant, 1953-;
Peter Gallagher, Actor , 1955-;
Adam Arkin, Actor, 1955-;
Kyra Sedgwick, Actress, 1965-;

Matthew Perry, Actor, 1969-;

Erika Christensen, Actress, 1982-.

People died today:
Augustus, Emperor, 63BC-14;
Frederick III, Emperor, 1415-1493;
Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, 1623-1662;
Kathleen Parlow, Violinist, 1890-1963;
Alastair Sim, Actor, 1900-1976;
Jessie Matthews, Actress, 1907-1981;
Hermione Baddeley, Actress, 1906-1986;

Betty Everett, Singer, 1939-2001;
Donald Woods, Journalist, 1933-2001;

Mo Mowlam, Politician, 1949-2005;
Lee Thompson Young, Actor, 1984-2013.

Newsweek was a print product, then it went digital, then back to print. According to Joe Pompeo 'Newsweek, resurrected in print, now turns to the web.' However, it looks like the good folks at Newsweek know what they are doing (something currently quite rare in our business) because Joe reports 'things have settled down since the print reboot in March, according to editor-in-chief Jim Impoco, so now Newsweek can devote some additional energy to digital growth.' For more on the plans, join Joe Pompeo by clicking here.

Cara Katz Hired as New York Media Ad Director

'Bimonthly lifestyle magazine City Life has undergone a cover redesign and content change' reports with managing editor Michael Hill saying “we feel the new direction has a refreshing and modern essence to it,” managing editor Michael Hill said. “It’s one we hope readers enjoy as much as we do.” For more, cliquez ici.

Hearst has named Alison DeBenedictis executive creative director, group marketing for Hearst Men’s Group.

'On Spec magazine has lost its Canada Council for the Arts funding for 2015' reports which means they are now reaching out to their readers for funds. The report says 'the science fiction and fantasy quarterly journal has showcased Canadian writers and artists for the past 25 years. The grant (between $20-25,000) was used to pay writers and its printer. For more, click on the cover.

The first half of 2014 saw a loss in the UK of 'nearly a million in sales' which is quite a lot considering the UK market. D.B. Hebbard says 'particularly hard hit was music magazines' but as publishers we know getting and maintaining circulation is an expensive business and as D.B. says 'letting some readers go away is a pretty smart idea... occasionally the decision to drop ten percent may actually improve the bottom line of a title.' For more on this, click here.

Police and protesters clash again in Ferguson, Missouri.
A major US hospital group said it was the victim of a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of 4.5 million people's personal data.
New York Met Opera unions agree deal.

James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognizable voices in British broadcasting, has died aged 78.

Iceland raises volcano alert level.
Don Pardo has died in his sleep, he was 96 years old.
Liberian Ebola patients 'found'.
Clive Palmer an Australian mining magnate turned MP has caused outrage by calling the Chinese "mongrels" and "bastards" who shoot their own people.
Comedian Tim Vine wins the funniest gag award twice at the Edinburgh Fringe. Here you go: "I've decided to sell my Hoover ... well, it was just collecting dust." (For those who do not not what a hoover is, it is a vacuum cleaner.

Aug 18th 2014

Today in History: 1634: Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France; 1877: Martian moon Phobos discovered; 2008: President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf resigns. Holidays and Observances: National Science Day, Thailand.

Day 230 there are 135 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Maria Anna of Spain, 1606-1646;
Antonio Salieri, Composer, 1750-1825;
Margaret Murie,

Environmentalist, 1902-2003;
Amelia Boynton Robinson, Activist, 1911-;
Moura Lympany, Pianist, 1916-2005;
Shelley Winters, Actress, 1920-2006;

Rosalynn Carter, Past First Lady, 1927-;
Ronnie Carroll, Singer, 1934-;
Patrick Swayze, Actor, 1952-2009;
Bob Woodruff, Journalist, 1961-;
Christian Slater, Actor, 1969-;

Mika, Singer, 1983-;
Elizabeth Beisel, Swimmer, 1992-.

People died today:
Pope Sixtus III, ???-440;
Pope Adrian V, 1220-1276;
Pope Alexander VI
, 1431-1503;
Pope Paul IV, 1476-1559;
Louis de Freycinet, Explorer , 1779-1842;
Honoré de Balzac, Author, 1799-1850;
Cy Walter, Pianist, 1915-1968;
Grethe Ingmann, Singer, 1938-1990;
David Gale, Actor, 1936-1991;
Persis Khambatta, Actress, 1950-1998;

Magdalen Nabb, Author, 1947-2007;
Scott McKenzie, Singer, 1939-2012;

Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, 1917-2013.

'Departures is marking its 25th anniversary with a special issue with five separate covers' says Alexandra Steigrad at and the covers were sponsored by Tiffany & Co.. For more, click here.

'Women’s lifestyle publisher SheKnows Media is moving further down the platform road by acquiring StyleCaster Media Group, a collection of fashion and beauty sites' says Lucía Moses a However in so doing, Ms. Moses says 'it faces the question of how it can double its contributor roster while maintaining quality and consistency across its array of properties.' To see if the question gets answered, click here.

Last week was a funny old week, a week that sent Jess Cagle, editor of People magazine into a frenzy - and he loved it! Christine Haughney reports on the man that has a passion for celebrity, click here for more.

Julian Assange suggests he will "soon" leave London's Ecuadorean embassy.
Pope urges Korean reconciliation.
Texas Governor Rick Perry vows to fight an indictment against him for abuse of power.
Ricardo Izurieta, who succeeded General Pinochet
as Chilean army chief in 1988 has died, he was aged 71.
At least 160 people are reported to have been killed in floods and landslides following days of torrential rain in Nepal and northern India.
Confusion as Ebola patients vanish in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
Facebook tags satire in news feeds.
US opera star, Licia Albanese, one of the most admired
sopranos of the 1940s and 50s, dies in New York aged 105.
Sunday Night At The London Palladium is set to return to ITV with hosts that includes Rob Brydon and Jack Whitehall.
South Yorkshire Police have complained to the BBC about its reporting of the Sir Cliff Richard sex offence inquiry.

Aug 15th 2014

Today in History: 1057: King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan; 1914: The Panama Canal opens to traffic; 1969: Woodstock rock and roll concert opens. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, India, Republic of the Congo, Korea; VJ Day.

Day 227 there are 138 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Blind Jack, Engineer, 1717-1810;
Edith Nesbit, Author, 1858-1924;
Edna Ferber, Author, 1885-1968;
Bill Whitty, Cricketer, 1886-1974;
Julia Child, Chef, 1912-2004;

Wendy Hiller, Actress, 1912-2003;
Robert Bolt, Screenwriter , 1924-1995;
Jim Dale, Actor, 1935-;
Raakhee, Actress, 1947-;
George Ryton, Engineer, 1948-;
Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, 1950-;
Carol Thatcher, Journalist, 1953-;

Mark Thatcher, Businessman, 1953-;
Stieg Larsson, Author, 1954-2004;
Željko Ivanek, Actor, 1957-;
Jack Russell, Cricketer, 1963-;
Debra Messing, Actress, 1968-;
Ben Affleck, Actor, 1972-;

Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Footballer, 1978-.

People died today:
Honorius, Emperor, 384-423;
Stephen I of Hungary, 975-1038;
Conrad II, Duke of Swabia, 1173-1196;
John Barclay, Poet, 1582-1621;
Adelaide Neilson, Actress, 1848-1880;

Wiley Post, Pilot, 1898-1935;

Mahadev Desai, Activist, 1892-1942;
Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana,
Dermatologist, 1927-2005;
Biff Elliot, Actor, 1923-2012;

Pat Wiggins, Politician, 1940-2013;
Rosalía Mera, Businesswoman, 1944-2013.

Is the day approaching where magazines and newspapers will no longer have an editor? Writes Nicole Levy at 'New York magazine editor in chief Adam Moss announced two promotions at New York Media in a staff memo today. Editorial directors Jared Hohlt and Ben Williams are now "editor, print" and "editor, digital," respectively.' To see how this affects the editor in chief, click here.

The Economist now has more circulation in the UK than Private Eye according to the latest figures released by ABC. Eye's sale was 218,290 for the first half of this year, compared to The Economist of 223,730. However, The Economist is giving away over 57,000 copies free, which if the Eye had done the same, would mean it would still be in the number one position. In both cases sales actually dropped whereas The Spectator rose by 3.1% to 54,256 copies, even The Oldie managed a slight increase of just under 1%.

Meanwhile in other UK circulation news as 'Richard Desmond’s magazines had a first half to forget, as OK!, New and Star reported double digit percentage falls in sales in the six months to the end of June. scribes Mark Sweney at For more on this, click here.

Ann Arbor is getting excited as 'the mobile engineering director for Hearst Magazines, the company will soon begin the development of its iOS and Android mobile platforms for its entire line of magazines' in Hearst magazines Ann Arbor offices, so reports Jeremy Allen at For more, click here.

EU ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss plans to arm Iraq's Kurds.
The Metropolitan Police confirms the names of two officers accused of deceiving women by having relationships with them while working undercover.
US President Barack Obama says US forces have "broken a siege" in north Iraq, to help rescue tens of thousands of people trapped on a mountain.
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.
Banana firm Chiquita rejects a takeover bid by Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups.
UN peacekeepers in Haiti clash with supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide at a protest in the capital Port-au-Prince.
Casey Kasem's body is being moved to Oslo for burial, according to a Norwegian newspaper, amid a family feud over his remains.
Leading members of the Church of Scotland are urging the Westminster parliament to be recalled so MPs can debate the deepening crisis in Iraq.
UK growth hits fastest annual pace since 2007.
A promotional Downton Abbey photograph has been withdrawn - because of a major historical inaccuracy in the background. Click here to see!

Aug 14th 2014

Today in History: 1893: France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration; 1947: Pakistan gains Independence from the British Empire; 1974: The Rocky Horror Picture Show is released. Holidays and Observances: Pramuka Day, Indonesia.

Day 226 there are 139 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Catherine of York, 1479-1527;
Princess Henriette of France, 1727-1752;
Doc Holliday, Dentist, 1851-1887;
Buddy Greco, Singer, 1926-;
Dick Tiger, Boxer, 1929-1971;
Trevor Bannister,
Shop assistant, 1936-2011;

David Crosby, Singer, 1941-;
Antonio Fargas, Actor, 1946-;
Susan Saint James, Actress, 1946-;
Maddy Prior, Singer, 1947-;
Carl Lumbly, Actor, 1951-;
Marcia Gay Harden, Actress, 1959-;
Halle Berry, Actress, 1966-;
Adrian Lester, Actor, 1968-;

Pramodya Wickramasinghe,
Cricketer, 1971-;
Christian Gentner, Footballer, 1985-;
Tim Tebow, Football player, 1987-.

People died today:
David Farragut, Admiral, 1801-1870;
Simeon Solomon, Painter, 1840-1905;
Paul Sabatier, Chemist, 1854-1941;
Tip Snooke, Cricketer, 1881--1966;
Dudley Nourse, Cricketer, 1910-1981;

Tony Williams, Singer, 1928-1992;
Coo Coo Marlin,
Race car driver, 1932-2005;

Remy Charlip, Dancer, 1929-2012;
Dilip Singh Judeo, Politician, 1949-2013;
Paddy Power, Politician, 1928-2013.

'Hearst UK’s Company magazine will shutter [its] print edition after [the] October issue' says D.B. Hebbard at At the same time the digital edition (a.k.a. the replacement of print, or "the future") will also close. D.B. notes 'the digital edition, according to ABC figures, only reached a couple thousand readers.' For more, click here. Sadly, sales at the New Musical Express are lower than they have ever been with just 15,000 copies average in the first half of this year. For more, click here.

Once again, being able to distinguish between advertisements and editorial raises its head. This time People StyleWatch has a 'quiz, "Meet Your Celeb Style Twin," asks readers eight questions about their personal style and then matches them with one of 10 celebrities' says Michael Sebastian at, but it's an advertisement. For more, click here.

'When the latest issue of OWL magazine hits newsstands on Aug.18, readers will notice a few changes' says Refreshed logo and a new mascot for starters, and says the report 'The publication will also use principles of the STEAM movement to engage its young readers.' For more, cliquez ici s'il vous plaît!

“My 14-year-old son brought in the mail today & was quite disturbed and fascinated by a ‘gift’ Lands’ End sent us — a copy of GQ magazine with an absolutely OBSCENE cover!!!” Have to be honest the words 'obscene cover' and 'GQ' are not something we would put together, but 'when the July issue of GQ landed in mailboxes across the country, the cover model was not wearing a monogrammed oxford or polar fleece. Instead, she was topless except for a strategically placed white flower lei.' Seems as though a gift idea twixt Land's End and GQ has slightly backfired. For more of the report, click here. (Oh, and if the magazine is "obscene" then the 14 year old should steer clear of the web site. (Click below for a glimpse!)


Police search Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to alleged historical sex offence involving a boy under 16 in the South Yorkshire area.
Heavy shelling is heard in rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Heavily armed police clash with protesters for a fourth night in the US city of Ferguson, MS.
UN declares major emergency in Iraq.
Brazil's president declares three days of mourning after the death of socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash.
Pope urges dialogue between Koreas.
Guinea declares Ebola emergency.
A-levels dip as degree places rise.
Canadian warbler Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest in a deal that avoided a drugged-driving conviction.

Frankie Bridge is the first celebrity to be confirmed for the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

Aug 13th 2014

Today in History: 2004: 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees are massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi; 1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine ; 1624: Louis XIII appoints Cardinal Richelieu as prime minister. Holidays and Observances: International Lefthanders Day.

Day 225 there are 140 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Lucy Stone, Activist, 1818-1893;
Annie Oakley, Target shooter, 1860-1926;
John Logie Baird, Engineer, 1888-1946;
Bert Lahr, Actor, 1895-1967;

Alfred Hitchcock, Director, 1899-1980;
Ben Hogan, Golfer, 1912-1997;
Joycelyn Elders, Admiral, 1933-;

Rod Hull, Comedian, 1935-1999;
Mulgrew Miller, Pianist, 1955-2013;
Feargal Sharkey, Singer, 1958-;
C. C. Swiney, Screenwriter, 1981-.

People died today:
Radegund, Princess, 520-586;
Irene of Hungary, 1088-1134;
Florence Nightingale, Nurse, 1820-1910,

Jules Massenet, Composer, 1842-1912;
H. G. Wells, Author, 1866-1946;
Julia Child, Chef, 1912-2004;

Les Paul, Guitarist , 1915-2009;
Helen Gurley Brown,
Journalist , 1922-2012;

Lothar Bisky, Politician, 1941-2013;
Jean Vincent, Footballer, 1930-2013.

'Men's Fitness will this month undergo a redesign with its forthcoming issue' says The magazine is owned by Dennis Publishing and the newly designed issue is 'set to hit shelves on 27 August.' Out apparently will be the half-naked men with muscles on the covers and all the changes are being made 'following research with subscribers, lapsed subscribers and newsstand readers.' For more, click here.

'Matt Taibbi announced two hires for his as yet unnamed magazine' yesterday says Benjamin Mullin over at, namely Laura Dawn and Edith Zimmerman (right) who founded The Hairpin. For more, click here.

'People’s editorial staff went to work into the early hours Tuesday' says Arti Patel at to release a special issue pivot 'that includes a 12-page cover story recounting the beloved comedian’s 40-year career.' For more, click here.

Cygnus Business Media sells construction and logistics groups to start-up AC Business Media.

Food Network Magazine Makes Editorial and Publishing Hires

Back in the 1970s we went to see the film Earthquake, and to make the experience more realistic, the seats in the cinema actually shook. Now in the 2010s we have sniff-o-rama because according to 'magazines have been more fragrant than usual this year,' for more, click here, or get really close to the screen, sniff, and then click!


RAF Tornado jets leave the UK to support relief efforts in Iraq.

Lauren Bacall has died at home in New York, she was 89.
French President Francois Hollande says France will supply arms to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours".
Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped
by militants on a mountain in northern Iraq.
A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to four years for raping a 10-year-old girl in Shrewsbury town centre in the UK.
The European Court of Human Rights rules that the UK has again breached prisoners' rights by failing to give them the vote - but refused to award damages.

Aug 12th 2014

Today in History: 1851: Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; 1964: South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country's racist policies; 2004: Mr. Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore's third Prime Minister. Holidays and Observances: Glorious Twelfth, United Kingdom.

Day 224 there are 141 days remaining this year.

People born today:
John Balguy, Philosopher, 1686-1748;
George IV of the United Kingdom,
Cecil B. DeMille, Director, 1881-1959;
Guy Gibson, Pilot, 1918-1944;
Fulton Mackay, Actor, 1922-1987;
Norris McWhirter, Publisher, 1925-2004;

Ross McWhirter, Publisher, 1925-1975;
George Hamilton, Actor, 1939-;
Mark Knopfler, Singer, 1949-;
Ann M. Martin, Author, 1955-;
Sidath Wettimuny, Cricketer, 1956-;
Yvette Nicole Brown, Actress, 1971-;

Richard Reid, Terrorist, 1973-;
Casey Affleck, Actor, 1975-;

Plaxico Burress, Player, 1977-.

People died today:
Cleopatra, Queen, 69BC-30BC;

Louis II of Italy, 825-875;
Pope Sixtus IV, 1414-1484;
Pope Innocent XI, 1611-1689;
William Blake, Poet, 1757-1827;
William Renshaw,
Tennis player, 1861-1904;
Bobby Peel, Cricketer, 1857-1941;
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Pilot, 1915-1944;
Ian Fleming, Spy, 1908-1964;
Artur Alliksaar, Poet, 1923-1966;

Henry Fonda, Actor, 1905-1982;

B. Kliban, Cartoonist, 1935-1990;
Loretta Young, Actress, 1913-2000;

Les Paul, Guitarist, 1915-2009;
Hans-Ekkehard Bob, Pilot , 1917-2013.

'Condé Nast, the publisher finally gave up on reviving Lucky on its own' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post and 'the company will spin off its 14-year-old shopping magazine into a joint venture with BeachMint, an e-commerce company, to be called the Lucky Group.' In addition to spinning of Lucky, other changes occurred at Condé Nast including merging 'the sales and marketing team at Epicurious, its food Web site, with Bon Appétit.' For more, click here.

'New digital-only titles are launched at a time when even Apple has lost interest in its own digital newsstand' says D.B. Hebbard at D.B. goes even further: 'it was only a few months more than four years ago that the tablet publishing era was born, now its death looks very near.' In other words the medium that caused the "death" of print is itself preparing to exit the world. For more, click here.

'House & Home magazine is rolling out an iPhone and iPod friendly app' reports adding to the tablet edition released earlier. For more, cliquez ici.

National Geographic announced today that it has established an alliance with Virtuoso®, the leading international luxury travel network, to promote National Geographic Expeditions travel programs through Virtuoso’s global consortium of travel agencies and travel advisors. National Geographic and Virtuoso will also collaborate on the development and launch of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of trips geared toward independent travelers.


President Obama leads tributes to actor and comedian Robin Williams, who has died in an apparent suicide.

Bolivia captures and extradites an Argentine ex-army officer accused of torturing and murdering opponents during Argentina's military rule.
Romney to campaign for West Virginia Republicans on Aug. 19
Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola.
Rory McIlroy days breaking up with Caroline Wozniacki has made him better at golf.
Rob Ford has disclosed an alleged email warning that Toronto City Hall will be blown up if the disgraced mayor and his city councilor brother do not resign.
Veteran actor JJ Murphy dies after filming his first Game of Thrones scenes.

Aug 11th 2014

Today in History: 3114BC: Mesoamerican Long Count calendar begins; 1952: Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan; 1960: Chad declares independence. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Chad.

Day 223 there are 142 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Mary of York, 1467-1482;
John Hodges, Cricketer, 1855-1933;
Archie Wiles, Cricketer, 1892-1957;
Alex Haley, Author, 1921-1992;
Mike Douglas, Talk show host, 1925-2006;

Claus von Bülow, Lawyer, 1926-;

Anna Massey, Actress, 1937-2011;
Abigail Folger, Heiress, 1943-1969;
Pervez Musharraf, Politician, 1943-;
Eric Carmen, Singer, 1949-;
Vance Heafner, Golfer, 1954-2012;
Embeth Davidtz, Actress, 1965-;

Viola Davis, Actress, 1965-;
Nigel Harman, Actor, 1973-;
Alan Halsall, Actor, 1982-.

People died today:
Magnentius, Usurper, 303-353;
Johann Tetzel, Preacher, 1465-1519;
Henry James Pye, Poet , 1745-1813;
Lydia Koidula, Poet, 1843-1886;
Edith Wharton, Author, 1862-1937;

Jackson Pollock, Painter , 1912-1956;
Bill Woodfull, Cricketer, 1897-1965;
Anne Ramsey, Actress, 1929-1988;
Peter Cushing, Actor, 1913-1994;

Phil Harris, Actor, 1904-1995;
Mike Douglas, Talk show host, 1925-2006;

Sid Waddell, Sportscaster, 1940-2012;
Henry Polic II, Actor, 1945-2013.

Not quite sure what is going on at the Red Queen's empire, but "strange doings" is the phrase that comes to mind. 'The Blouin site went dark on Aug. 1 with a note saying it was undergoing renovation' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post, and according to his report, his visit to the 'Blouin Media headquarters at 88 Laight St' was not met with coffee and donuts. For more, click here.

The newsstand in our local supermarket seems to be devoid of one product - magazines! So there is more than enough room for “Hollywood at Home: Stylish Interiors & Smart Advice from 25 Top Stars.” As Arti Patel at scribes it is 'a 128-page commemorative soft cover collector’s special issue filled with features ranging from a look at the kitchens of celebrity chefs Ina Garten and Bobby Flay to tips to help the average homeowner refresh his or her space using the latest interior design trends to a look at the iconic homes of classic stars like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.' $4.99 will be the cover price, and if it actually makes it to the newsstand in our local A&P, we'll let you know. For more, click the cover.

As we have already noted here on, the first half of the year was a rough one on the newsstand and despite any effort Time may make, the second half shows no real signs of being any better. But, as Chris O'Shea notes at 'while most magazines were experiencing a rough first half of the year, Prevention somehow kept its head way above water.' In fact it jumped 13% year-on-year - so the question is how - Chris provides the answer, click the cover on the right to find out more.

'Much has been made of the digital magazine apocalypse which, apparently, has been looming just over our collective shoulder for the better part of four years now' says, an "apocalypse" that is not quite 4% of the total circulation recently reported by the AAM. Continues the report 'the iPad has only been on the market for four years, and in that time it’s proven to be a disruptive piece of technology not only by giving the public a new way to read magazines, but by making the experience immersive and enjoyable.' Did we mention this 'disruptive piece of technology' accounts for less than 4%... for more, click here.

Royal Mail has pulled forward the delivery times of 50,000 UK post boxes, from 4pm to 3pm, in a bid to cut costs at the newly privatized company.
Iraq president asks the deputy speaker of parliament to form a new government as the country faces a growing jihadist insurgency
American racing driver has died after being struck by the car of three-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails a new era for Turkey and urges unity after winning the country's first direct presidential election.
Zimbabwe's anti-Mugabe SW Radio Africa shuts down.
Actor Charles Keating has died, he was 72.
Golfer Rory McIlroy wins his fourth major.
Venezuela says it will close its border with Colombia each night to try to curb large-scale smuggling of petrol and food.
David Cameron has been urged to recall Parliament from its summer recess to address the growing crisis in Iraq.
Manchester City have signed defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto
Cyclist dies after RideLondon race.
Parts of Scotland are badly affected by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of what was Hurricane Bertha.

Aug 8th 2014

Today in History: 2008: Opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; 1990: Iraq occupies Kuwait; 1963: Great Train Robbery. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 220 there are 145 days remaining this year.

People born today:
John Ker, Spy, 1673-1726;
Matthew Henson, Explorer, 1866-1955;
Sara Teasdale, Poet, 1884-1933;
Sylvia Sidney, Actress, 1910-1999;

Richard Anderson, Actor, 1926-;
Ronnie Biggs, Train Robber, 1929-2013;
Keith Barron, Actor, 1934-;
Larry Wilcox, Actor, 1947-;

Cecilia Roth, Actress, 1956-;
Kate Langbroek, Talk show host, 1965-;
Roger Federer, Tennis player, 1981-;

Princess Beatrice of York, 1988-.

People died today:
Eugène Boudin, Painter, 1824-1898;
James Tissot, Painter, 1836-1902;
Shirley Jackson, Author, 1916-1965;
Bertalan Papp, Fencer, 1913-1992;
Fay Wray, Actress, 1907-2004;

Barbara Bel Geddes,
Original "Miss Ellie", 1922-2005;

Orville Moody, Golfer, 1933-2008;
Patricia Neal, Actress, 1926-2010;

Karen Black, Actress, 1939-2013;
John Rankine, Author, 1918-2013;
Regina Resnik, Soprano, 1922-2013.

'A new 120 page, full colour, glossy print men’s magazine is set to hit the [Canadian] stands' says 'TOM* is the definite men’s magazine of Toronto, a printed and digital version of all things men’s fashion; taking readers through a journey of exclusive interviews with featured designers, luminaries and celebrities' says and for more, click here.

And since we are in the land of the North, the 'Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) has released its report on Canadian magazine circulation trends for the first half of 2014' says Circulation was down, (surprise, surprise) in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year. Interestingly 'single copy sales increased by 3%' but says the report 'the six-month averages for single copy sales may have been impacted by the closure of wholesaler and distributor Benjamin News' earlier this year. For more, click here, or if you prefer, cliquez ici!

Circulation reports for the first half of this year were also released here in the USA and scribes Keith K. Kelly 'the first-half circulation numbers do not tell a pretty story for the magazine industry.' Circulation was down 1.9% although digital grew, as you would expect it to do given the state of newsstand generally. 'Overall, digital replica editions — defined as exact copies of the print edition — grew 13 percent to 11.6 million copies, representing 3.8 percent of the total circulation' says Mr. Kelly. (We presume the remaining 96.2% is the dead medium of print.) Newsstand sales dropped nearly 12% in the first half of the year and while it is possible the closure of Source Interlink may have had an effect here, since the closure occurred late in the period, the effect is probably minimal. For more of Mr. Kelly's report at the New York Post, click here.

'Among the magazines with the largest number of single-copy sales, only four saw increases at the newsstand through the first half of 2014' says Michael Sebastian at, for details of that, click here.

Celebrity magazines 'suffered mightily on the newsstand in the first half of 2014' notes where 'sales of People, InStyle and US Weekly dropped by nearly 15%" and further notes that 'even highbrow celebrity titles were challenged; Vanity Fair had an 11.8% decline.' For more on this story, click here.

'SourceMedia, the publisher of financial trade publications like American Banker and The Bond Buyer, said that it had sold the media company to Observer Capital, an investment firm' reports M. J. De La Merced at Terms of the sale were not disclosed, for more, click here.

US aircraft launch air strike against Islamic State artillery in Iraq.
British RAF planes to drop humanitarian aid in Iraq in next few days.
Cremated remains of nine victims of the 1978 mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, are found in a former funeral home in Delaware.
Landon Donovan has announced he will retire from football at the end of the current season.
Colombia's President Santos sworn in.
Russia extends Edward Snowden residency.

The defence team of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius say facts have been twisted by the prosecution. The verdict will be delivered on September 11th.

Malaysia Airlines launches 'complete overhaul.' Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe has died at the age of 85. More than 900 authors make a public appeal to Amazon to end a bitter publishing dispute that they say has been "hurting" writers and readers.
A TV crew filming Channel 4's new Immigration Street show in Southampton have been pelted with eggs and flour.
Security officers locked down the White House after a toddler managed to squeeze through the bars of the north gate.

Aug 7th 2014

Today in History: 936: Coronation of King Otto I of Germany; 1789: The United States Department of War is established; 1960: Côte d'Ivoire becomes independent from France. Holidays and Observances: Emancipation Day, Saint Kitts and Nevis,
Republic Day, Côte d'Ivoire.

Day 219 there are 146 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Nathanael Greene, General, 1742-1786;
Mata Hari, Spy, 1876-1917;
Poni Adams, Actress, 1918-2014;
Betsy Byars, Author, 1928-;

Tobin Bell, Actor, 1942-;
Garrison Keillor, Radio host, 1942-;
B. J. Thomas, Singer , 1942-;
Kenny Ireland, Actor, 1945-2014;
Jonathan Pollard, Spy, 1954-;
Wayne Knight, Actor, 1955-;
David Duchovny, Actor, 1960-;

Danny Graves, Baseball player, 1973-;
Seiichiro Maki, Footballer, 1980-;
Mitchell te Vrede, Footballer, 1991-.

People died today:
Majorian, Emperor, 420-461;
Friedrich Spee, Poet, 1591-1635;
Oliver Hardy, Actor, 1892-1957;

Esther Phillips, Singer, 1935-1984;

Larry Martyn, Actor, 1934-1994;
Red Adair, Firefighter, 1915-2004;
Peter Jennings, Journalist, 1938-2005;
Roy Davies, Bishop, 1934-2013;
Keith Skillen, Footballer, 1948-2013.

Time to crack down on online piracy and, reports Deb Aoki 'a consortium of Japanese government organizations, manga publishers and anime production and game companies' are going to do just that. A web site will be crated by the consortium directing lovers of this genre away from pirated content and move them to get as Deb says 'their manga/anime fix from legal/authorized sources.' For more on legal manga, click here.

'Sports Illustrated Golf + Digital, a free weekly magazine for the desktop, iPads and iPhones' reports Meg Weaver at Tour news, analysis, tips, travel, all the things wannabe Tiger Woods require to enjoy trying to get a little ball into a little hole. For more, click the cover.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is accused of being a "deceitful witness" as his murder trial resumes for closing arguments.
The Duke of Cambridge is to become an air ambulance pilot.
US President Barack Obama has hailed a new emerging Africa, on the last day of a summit in Washington DC with 40 African leaders.
Twin hurricanes threaten Hawaii.

Public figures including Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench urge Scotland to say "No" to independence.

West End hit The Audience, starring Dame Helen Mirren as the Queen, is to transfer to Broadway next year.

Google says it will give preference to more secure encrypted web pages in its search rankings from now on.
Russia bans food imports from West.
Washington DC to vote
on cannabis legalization.
Vienna will host the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
Detroit porch killing goes to jury.

Aug 6th 2014

Today in History: 1825: Bolivia gains independence from Spain; 1962: Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom; 2012: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 218 there are 147 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Claude de Forbin, General, 1656-1733;
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet, 1809-1892;
Leo Carrillo, Actor, 1881-1961;
Hoot Gibson, Actor, 1892-1962;
Lucille Ball, Actress, 1911-1989;

Dom Mintoff, Politician, 1916-2012;
Frank Finlay, Actor, 1926-;
Andy Warhol, Painter, 1928-1987;

Barbara Windsor, Actress, 1937-;
M. Night Shyamalan, Producer, 1970-;
Vera Farmiga, Actress, 1973-;
Soleil Moon Frye, Actress, 1976-;
Ryan Sypek, Actor, 1982-;

Jack Scanlon, Actor , 1998-.

People died today:
Pope Sixtus II, ???-258;
Pope Hormisdas, 450-523;
Pope Callixtus III, 1378-1458;
Anne Hathaway, Wife, 1555 or 1556-1623;

Richard Bong, Pilot, 1920-1945;

Cedric Hardwicke, Actor , 1893-1964;
Cordwainer Smith, Author, 1913-1966;

Dorothy Tutin, Actress, 1930-2001;

Marvin Hamlisch, Composer, 1944-2012.

It's so simple you wonder why nobody has done it before. 'People magazine has started charging different newsstand prices in different parts of the country — with prices in affluent areas getting hiked and those in others areas getting cut' reports Keith J. Kelly. So the rich get to pay more for People magazine, which of course they can afford to do because they pay the same tax rate as the poor in many cases so have more of their hard earned after left every paycheck. “Magazines are one of the few products that have one price nationally,” said CEO Joe Ripp and “that makes no sense to me.” For more, click here.

'Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, is to take full ownership of the auto website and spin off its publishing assets into a publicly traded company as it focuses on its digital businesses' says After it has all happened 'one company will focus on broadcasting and digital content and the other on publishing.' For more, click here.

'Bauer Media has formed a €100m (£79.6m) venture capital fund with Thomas Preuss' reports and says 'the newly-formed fund, named Bauer Venture Partners, aims to invest in start-ups and young technology companies over a ten-year period.' For more, click here.

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice says the risk of the Ebola virus spreading in the US is low, as a second infected American arrives for treatment in the country.
A US major general is killed and 15 others are injured after a man in Afghan military uniform opens fire at a UK-run military academy near Kabul.
The ex-wife of South Africa's former leader Nelson Mandela demands his village home for her children.
British Airways has halted all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone for one month.
Walgreens, the giant drug-stores group secures a full takeover of Boots.
Victoria Beckham is giving away 600 pieces of clothing to raise money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. (Hubby David's old underpants are not included!)
Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling went head to head in a televised referendum debate.
A Welsh resident who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus while visiting western Africa is being monitored by health officials.
A UK teacher who set his mobile phone to record in a secondary school's toilets has been banned from the profession for life.
Sony gives up on selling e-readers.
London Mayor Boris Johnson confirms his intention to become an MP again at next year's general election,
US actress Marilyn Burns, best known for her "scream queen" role in 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has died in Houston, Texas.
Fox withdraws bid for Time Warner.

Aug 5th 2014

Today in History: 642: Battle of Maserfield ; 1100: Henry I is crowned King of England; 1620: The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Burkina Faso.

Day 217 there are 148 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Antonio Cesti, Composer, 1623-1669;
Ambroise Thomas, Composer, 1811-1896;
Harry Trott, Cricketer, 1866-1917;
Gertrude Rush, Lawyer, 1880-1962;
Ruth Sawyer, Author, 1880-1970;
Joan Hickson, Actress, 1906-1998;

John Huston, Director, 1906-1987;
Tom Drake, Actor, 1918-1982;
Betsy Jolas, Composer, 1926-;
Neil Armstrong, Moon Walker, 1930-2012;
Gay Byrne, Entertainer, 1930-;

Loni Anderson, Actress, 1945-;
Barbara Flynn, Actress, 1948-;
David Baldacci, Author, 1960-;
Kajol, Actress, 1975-;
Maik Franz, Footballer, 1981-;
Jesse Williams, Actor, 1981-.

People died today:
Oswald of Northumbria, 604-642;
George Abbot, Archbishop, 1562-1633;
Anna Bates, Giant, 1846-1888;
Carmen Miranda, Actress, 1909-1955;

Marilyn Monroe, Actress, 1926-1962;

Richard Burton, Actor, 1925-1984;
Alec Guinness, Actor, 1914-2000;

Susan Butcher,
Dog sled racer, 1954-2006;
Sister Boom Boom,
Drag queen, 1955-2012;
Willie Dunn, Singer, 1942-2013.

We all know New York is so good they named it twice, well that may well apply to New York magazine. Joe Pompeo at says 'Lauren Kern is leaving The New York Times Magazine and heading back to New York as executive editor' where she used to work back in 2010. For more, click here.

'WWE Magazine is ceasing publication after 30 years in print' reports Michael Rondon at WWE Magazine has gone through many incarnations throughout the years, starting out as WWF Victory magazine, then morphing into World Wrestling Federation Magazine (or WWF Magazine for short) after the first few issues. In 1992 another name change occurred mainly because that was then the WWF became the WWE. Perhaps too many people were confusing Hulk Hogan with a panda! For more, click here.

'Architectural Digest’s September issue is feting fashion with a look inside the homes of designers and photographers' reports Alexandra Steigrad. The issue, on newsstand today features pictures inside the homes of various designers including 'Tommy Hilfiger, Isaac Mizrahi and Natalie Massenet. Don't know about you, but we are burning to see if the inside of Tommy Hilfiger's pad is like his clothes - red, white and blue! For more, click here!

More Names Beauty Director,
Hearst Newspapers Adds Development Exec

'Advertising technologies such as real-time bidding and automated auctions are driving digital revenue downward at Meredith Corp.'s National Media Group' says It fell 4% during the last quarter. Tom Hardy, president of the National Media Group said "The marketplace has changed a quite a bit in the digital landscape." For more, click here.

'There are many print magazine categories that are hurting in this digital age; news weeklies and business titles, just to name a few' says Toni Fitzgerald at - but not fashion! For more, click here.

Ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning pleads guilty to a string of historical sex charges concerning boys.
Israel pulls troops out of Gaza.
Reagan aide James Brady dies at 73.
UK Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi resigns, calling government policy on Gaza "morally indefensible".
Clashes between African migrants camping near Calais in northern France while attempting to cross into the UK leave dozens of people injured.
Three stars of US hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory have signed lucrative new contract.
Lights were turned off around the UK last night in memory of the 17 million soldiers and civilians who were killed between 1914 and 1918 in World War One.
Military jets escort a Qatar Airways passenger plane to Manchester Airport in England, amid reports of a possible device on board, as police declare a "full emergency".

Aug 4th 2014

Today in History: 1914: United Kingdom declares war on Germany; 1947: The Supreme Court of Japan is established; 1995: Operation Storm begins in Croatia. Holidays and Observances: Revolution Day, Burkina Faso.

Day 216 there are 149 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Thomas Blackwell, Historian, 1701-1757;
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet, 1792-1822;

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom , 1900-2002;
Louis Armstrong, American trumpeter and Entertainer, 1901-1971;
Dallas Green, Baseball player, 1934-;
Martin Jarvis, Actor, 1941-;

Billy Bob Thornton, Actor, 1955-;
Mary Decker, Runner, 1958;

James Tupper, Actor, 1965-;
Kazarian, Wrestler, 1977-;
Sandeep Naik, Politician, 1978-;
Ben Scott, Cricketer, 1981-.

People died today:
Berengar II of Italy, 900-966;
Henry I of France, 1008-1060;
Gertrude of Saxony, 1030-1113;
Philip I, Duke of Brabant, 1404-1430;
Hans Christian Andersen,
Author, 1805-1875;
Pearl White, Actress , 1889-1938;

Melvyn Douglas, Actor, 1901-1981;
Victor Mature, Actor, 1913-1999;
Lorenzo Music, Actor, 1937-2001;
Lee Hazlewood, Singer, 1929-2007;

Con Houlihan, Journalist, 1925-2012;
Billy Ward, Boxer, 1993-2013;

Sandy Woodward, Admiral, 1932-2013.

'Jim Frederick, the former top editor at Time who wrote one of the more critically acclaimed books on the Iraq War, died suddenly in Oakland, on July 31' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post. Mr. Frederick was 42. 'He started his Time Inc. career at Money and rose to become the managing editor of' scribes Mr. Kelly. For more, click here.

In Canada,'the July/August edition of Retail News magazine will be its last' reports It is, or was, the publication of the 'Canadian Gift Association' says the report which also notes from the association itself: "It is very sad that yet another award winning magazine will stop being printed. The Board spent many months considering this decision before acting." For more, click here.

Sometimes, the truth hurts. So much so we would rather ignore it than face it head on. Despite rumors to the contrary, print is not dead... actually in some quarters it is doing exceptionally well. Here's the thing, 'by and large, magazine publishers have made comparably little progress in convincing their readers to consume their publications on the tablet' so says a report on There is another truth: 'few are able to derive significant revenue from their tablet apps.' Why is this the case, click here to learn more.

'Tribune Company’s publishing division, including well-known newspapers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, is striking out on its own' says Christine Haughney at the New York Times. The new company will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange tomorrow. It's not a good time to launch a company that is print centric especially as Ms. Haughney notes 'Tribune Publishing... will start off with $350 million in debt, of which $275 million will pay a one-time cash dividend to Tribune’s shareholders.' For more of Christine's report, click here.

'Former North Wales and Merseyside evening reporter Tony McWilliam has seen the last edition of the Bermuda Sun roll off the presses' reports The newspaper, published twice a week was started in 1964 but sadly the paper is no more. For more, click here.

Royals and world leaders gather for ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain joined World War One.
US to send 50 experts to fight Ebola.
Mexican mayor shot dead in Jalisco.
Russia is performing air exercises near Ukraine.
China sends 2,500 soldiers to boost rescue efforts in Yunnan province, after an earthquake killed hundreds of people on Sunday.
The Commonwealth games have closed in Glasgow.
Former BBC Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Mike Smith has died aged 59.

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Not sure who is handling the promotions over at Vegetarian Times, but whoever it is, they are doing a great job.

In our last issue we got a renewal reminder informing us we had only one issue left.

There is a sticker on the outer envelope to remove and put on the order card inside. Good copy pointing out 'Last Chance for Maximum Savings!' and also a rather intriguing $25,000 Prize Number. Inside is a four color brochure just for good measure. These people obviously know the value of renewals. Click on any of the images above to see larger samples.

The original order was placed through Publishers Clearing House and sweeps sold, means sweeps renewed, and this is what the prize being offered is all about. Excellent technique.

Also, since we were looking at the current issue of Vegetarian Times, well done for including not one, not two, but three insert cards in the magazine.

Here's a good offer from Oracle Magazine for a qualified controlled publication. It has good benefits copy and makes requesting Oracle Magazine easy with a couple of "Subscribe Now" buttons.  There is interesting PS copy offering a new publication for those who might be interested in Java Magazine as well as Oracle. The design is clean, uncluttered and attractive. To view the offer, click here. Not sure why the publisher is only offering six free issues, but given the quality of the promotion there must be a very good reason.

Here's a nice promotion from The Nation.  It's quick to read, offers an invitation to receive exclusive free offers - it's a flattering offer and comes from a credible publication.

It ultimately leads you to a subscription landing page offering 4 free issues (very strong offer) plus attractive subscription prices and a choice of format - print or online access.
The promotion is clean and uncluttered with enough enticing benefits to attract readership.

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We received our monthly renewal offer from TV Guide this week, and it does all the right things and looks good, and makes ordering very simple. As with many publications the actual renewal date is not mentioned, something which annoys me as a subscriber, but pleases me as a marketer - can you tell I am a Gemini? IF you click on the image above, you can see what happens at the ordering stage, although this is made as simple as possible. Interestingly, for an online order form, and a renewal form at that, TV Guide offers a Bill Me option.

We recently received the regular offer from Opera News and this offer, like our old nanny Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. '3 Risk-Free Issues' always a vote grabber, a free gift offer of a CD, an involvement device, savings of 68%, and a reply by instruction. We may have died and gone to heaven!

Inside, or the reverse depending on your point of view, 'Free' is mentioned not once, nor twice but four times in as many paragraphs and an excellent re-stating of what we are going to get, or not if we don't reply in ten days. The Free issues are even restated on the reply card. Whoever wrote and designed this should be sent a bag of onions, because they sure as hell know them. It looks good, does all the right things and Opera News mail it regularly, so we can conclude that it works for them. (Click here or on the thumbnail to view larger image.


Here is the latest offering from People magazine. Nice personalized outer envelope, and a simple and concise brochure showing good covers and copy that sells the subscription. To order, it's old school, snail mail - no mention of ordering via the web anywhere. Nice package and well done to People for knowing that direct mail via the post office is still a good way to get orders.

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Here’s what appears to be an advance renewal offer from Vegetarian Times.  It’s a renewal sweeps – smart idea because the original sub order was placed through PCH.  We’re assuming it’s an advance renewal as only one copy of the subscription has been received thus far.  The offer is a strong one –a 78% saving on the renewal plus a chance to win $25,000 (along with other prizes).  Package includes clever “sweeps” techniques on the outer envelope, an offer deadline and small flyer detailing prizes.  Good job, Vegetarian Times!

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We received this double postcard from GQ magazine. The card looks great, has a nice cover and a nice free gift, but also has a rather confusing offer. '24 issues of GQ for only $20.00 - that's 83c (plus 17 cents shipping and handling) per issue; in other words $24.00 then. If you add 83 cents to 17 cents, you get $1.00 which if you then multiply by 24 issues you get $24.00. Click on the image to see large versions.


When my subscription of 'The Week' arrived last week, inside the envelope was an offer for 12 issues of 'The Oldie' magazine. As far as I am aware these magazines are independent of each other, but have a great deal in common.

This is a nice way of promoting a magazine that is probably already known to readers of another magazine and would be fairly cheap to produce and execute. Nice offer. Click on the image for a larger view of the outside and inside.


Always nice to get something from 'The Economist' as they always do things so well.

A free copy of 'The World in 2013' is a nice incentive for the readers among us, and a free tablet cover for the tecchies to boot - which also indirectly pushes the digital version.

The predominant red is great as it screamed "ECONOMIST" as soon as I opened my email. Oh and 69c a copy, they got me! [Click here or on image for large version].
Now I just have to get a tablet - Christmas is coming!


'People' really knows how to use it's house file. Good offer, nice creative and use of personalization.

The offer is strong and the order form is pre-populated - what's not to love? (Click on the image to see larger size and also the order form page.


This is an interesting offer. On the one hand it pushes newsstand sales, you can save $1.00 if you print out the coupon. However if you clicked on the Save $1.00 link you can also subscribe and get eight issues free.

An offer is an offer,
even though this offer
is not publishing related,
it has ignored basic
promotion rule 1-0-1:
Know Thy Prospect!


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A recent offer from People magazine. It looks simple but a great deal of thought has gone into this offer, not least the cover featured on the tablets.

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Let's state it up front - we know the email at the end of the link is spam. Even so, it is a great example of why some design is a good thing in email promotions - even text only promotions. We cannot believe anyone who got this email would even have got so far a clicking a link! Click here to see the email, which is a screen shot taken from our computer.

Rebecca Sterner wrote on CircSpot on how to set up an autorenewal. It just so happens that today we received our auto renewal for Time. In all honesty we had not planned to renew it, but it is done, and although we could cancel it, $81.00 for 56 issues is not worth the hassle of canceling, so we guess the auto renewal worked... at least in our case.

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A reader looked for something on the Times of London web site, and this popped up while the page they wanted to view was loading. He liked it, took a picture, and sent it to us - thanks Glyn C-R of Buckinghamshire.

A reader subscribed to Fast Company and paid $10.00 for a subscription. After placing the order, they received an email offering a $5.00 credit if she can get another person to subscribe in the next 6 hours. This seemed like a very clever idea to the the person who sent us the information - and we agree.

This column is reserved for creative.