So how did magazines fare this year, now that we’re out of the recession and deeply entrenched in a new phase of digital publishing? MediaFinder.com, the online database of U.S. and Canadian publications, has calculated that 176 new magazines launched in the first nine months of 2010 — down from 259 during the same period last year.
On the plus side, magazine closures also saw a decline: 127 folded in the first three quarters of this year, compared to 383 in 2009. Additionally, 26 print magazine moved to an online-only format this year, down from 64 last year.
The category with the most launches was, perhaps not surprisingly to anyone who has been following the success of Food Network Magazine, food, with 24 new titles. Regional interest titles also experienced a surge of new titles, with 14 new magazines making their debut this year.
However, home magazines (also known as shelter titles), saw a decline this year with the shuttering of 12 titles. Sports titles saw 11 magazines cease production and 44 b-to-b titles shuttered in the first nine months of this year.