Yes and no.
Like a lot of people I’ve gone through a significant paper reduction over the past several years. So, I started thinking about popular print magazines and how they’re holding up. At one point in my life I loved cooking magazines like Cooking Light and fashion magazines like Mademoiselle. I personally haven’t bought or subscribed to a print magazine though since, I believe, the very early 2000s.
It’s no seceret that sales of printed publications has been faltering for years as digital takes over. Many magazines like Family Circle have folded while others like Glamour have gone to an online only format. Still, there are some print magazines that have managed to do relatively well despite the trend.
Food and lifestyle magazines seem to be doing pretty well in addition to certain regional and/or travel magazines.
Health magazines are still going strong although they certainly aren’t at the top of the bestseller’s list. Men’s Health seems to be doing the best of these.
Fashion and women’s magazines have been hard hit. Mademoiselle has been gone for quite a while now. Several others are holding on for dear life. I personally think this has a lot to do with bloggers and that’s not a bad thing really. Bloggers tend to be easier to relate to than pages in a glossy magazine. Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan are two that still seem to be doing fairly well, though
Staple fixtures, certain niche magazines and a handful of kid’s magazines are surviving pretty well thus far, too.
Print news magazines are amongst the biggest that are in trouble. There are just too many other sources of news these days. By the time a magazine is printed, current news is already old news.
One interesting trend that has happened this year: a boost in print sales due to the coronavirus… very interesting… you can read more about that in this digital post by the New York Post: Magazine publishers see print sales boost due to coronavirus.
Source: Amazon Best Sellers
Source: Magazine.com Best Sellers
Source: These are the best-selling magazines (also, people still buy magazines) – BusinessofBusiness.com