681 Stories About Numbers Appearing On Magazine Covers!

“Magazines, particularly the “service” publications aimed at women, have long used numbers as a selling point while helping readers divine what’s in, what’s hot, what’s cool, what’s not. But today, these totals, scores and inventories seem both increasingly random and increasingly increasing, leaping exponentially beyond the sorry single digits of yesteryear to an incalculable proliferation of paths to a better you.” — Katharine Q. Seelye, “Lurid Numbers on Glossy Pages! (Magazines Exploit What Sells),” The New York Times, February 10, 2006.

“Cover numerology has taken on a life, and a momentum, of its own. Originally, big numbers were restricted to the woman’s service category, where a magazine like Woman’s Day would feature ”212 Baking Tips.” But now the same math is being applied to Fendi bags and Jimmy Choo shoes lovingly displayed in all sorts of women’s magazines, from Harper’s Bazaar’s ”635 Fashion Ideas” to Cosmogirl’s ”456 Ways to Look Amazing This Fall.”” — David Carr, “Editors Have Countless Reasons to Use Numerology,” The New York Times, July 15, 2002.

“Ms. Bailey’s professional heritage is most apparent in the by-the-numbers approach she has taken since the redesign of the magazine in February. The June cover of Harper’s Bazaar features a massive ”759 New Looks” headline, not to be confused with May’s ”573 Fashion Pieces” and April’s ”619 Best Fashion and Beauty Buys.” …There has been a fair amount of joking about Ms. Bailey’s numerical fixation at competing magazines — some of which use numbers, but more chastely. Some in the fashion industry appreciate the numerology.” — David Carr, “A Couture Icon In an Overhaul Finds Few Ads In Harsh Times,The New York Times, June 3, 2002.