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Monday, October 5, 2009

Another one bites the dust X 4

After a thorough budget audit, publisher Condé Nast announced this morning that it's folding yummy mummy magazine Cookie, Gourmet, and two bridal magazines, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride.

[Gawker]

18 comments:

Anne (in Reno) said...

No shit, Gourmet? I thought that one was safe! Damn damn damn.

ticklishfromadistance said...

So bummed about Cookie. My kids are big, but I love it! Shocked over Gourmet.

Alexis said...

Bummer!! I guess the magazine in its printed form is truly doomed. :(

Pigtown-Design said...

I just posted about Gourmet! It's a shocker!

erin@designcrisis said...

Too bad about Cookie!

pillow mint said...

Gourmet is more than just a magazine. This is heartbreaking.

sherri said...

Just read that over at Curious Bird. I am not surprised about Cookie, or the others, but Gourmet was a shocker.

angie said...

so messed up! i DO NOT want to read a magazine online. DO NOT!!!!!!!

Sol Kawage said...

I think american magazine publishers are doing something wrong. I have no clue what I'm talking about, but really, in Europe, if you want to subscribe to a bloody magazine, you have to pay + - 75% of the cover price, and that is around 5 euros for decent magazines. My subscription to LivingEtc didn't come cheap (45€ a year), but I pay willingly. I read that Domino was $12 a year? is that true? I don't think a dollar a month even covers the post mark, FFS. Instead of folding why don't they start changing business strategy?
but again, what do I know.

Raina said...

Sol - I found a similar situation in New Zealand. You paid full cover price PLUS postage with the only benefit being the convenience of home delivery.

American magazines subsidize subscriptions with advertising. By offering low low rates, they can attract a larger subscription base and thus attract more advertisers.

drollgirl said...

dude. when will it end. it is just nuts.

Pam Kersting said...

What's the world coming to? No more Gourmet?

Robin said...

Gourmet was a shocker, I wonder where Ruth Reichl will end up?

Cookie is a client of ours so the news was doubly sad for us. Staffers have to vacate their offices tomorrow

nkp said...

Really...really!?! I was shocked when I read the Times this morning. Gourmet is an institution! And I loved and subscribed to Cookie before it was even
published. This just blows.

Sol Kawage said...

Raina, I understand this, but European magazines also have ads... There's just a legal limit, in Italy it is for instance 45% of the pages maximum.

House of Slappy said...

Ooooh no! This mommy-to-be was looking forward to start reading Cookie :( No wonder I haven't been able to find it in all the stores...

House of Slappy said...

Ooooh no! This mommy-to-be was looking forward to start reading Cookie :( No wonder I haven't been able to find it in all the stores...

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Totally unfazed....