News stand magazine sales slide in 2012
Reduction suggests Americans are turning to Internet, iPads
It's troubling news for publishers -- news stand magazine sales slid 10 percent in the first half of 2012.
The reduction in sales suggests Americans are still being careful about spending, and the competition on the Internet and iPads may be too much for the industry to handle.
Magazine stands were a part of this country's identity, contributing to America's literary history. But periodicals may be a dying media, replaced by the digital age.
"We carry Jacksonville Magazine only," Chamblin Bookstore manager Jennifer O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell said her store made the decision to pull magazines from its shelves because they simply were not selling and customers were taking advantage of their accessibility.
"They didn't sell and people intended to come into the store, page through the magazines and leave," O'Donnell said. "We just decided not to have them anymore."
An industry group reports that the country's 25 best selling magazines are all experiencing a decline in sales, while paid subscriptions on the iPad continue to grow.
"I was just saying the same thing to my mailman. One day he'll be out of work," reader Herb Rinderer said. "They go to their laptop. No one's killing trees. There's not stacks of papers laying around."
Rinderer said traditional magazine days are numbered, while others who remain resistant to technology will always appreciate the hard copy.
"For my personal use, I like having them in my hands," reader Michael Shell said. "Especially if I'm studying in depth."
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