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Bonnier Debuts Plans For Highly Anticipated Tablet Device

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When Sports Illustrated revealed plans for content for the not-yet-released tablet reading device, we were impressed. The prototype seemed like a great way to integrate traditional magazine content, with large, full-color photography, bold headlines and lengthy text, into an e-reading format that has yet to be experienced by anyone.

But that was just the first of its kind. Expect other magazines and publishers to be revealing tablet prototypes in the coming months. Like publisher Bonnier Corp., which has titles like Popular Science and Saveur in its stable. Last week, the publisher released the above video of its tablet technology, created with design shop BERG.

Unlike Time Inc.‘s SI demo, Bonnier’s focuses in vertical scrolling to read articles. There is no “digital page turning,” that is common among a lot of digital versions of magazines today. As the video explains:

“The concept aims to capture the essence of magazine reading, which people have been enjoying for decades: an engaging and unique reading experience in which high-quality writing and stunning imagery build up immersive stories.”

What do you think of this concept? Is it better or worse than SI‘s? We don’t know about you, but we’re intrigued.

Previously: Sports Illustrated Puts Money On Tablet Technology

Saveur Celebrates Successful Year With Gourmet Potluck Feast

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Saveur Publisher Merri Lee Kingsly and Editor-in-Chief James Oseland have a great time at their holiday party Tuesday night

We’ve been to enough media parties to become very well-versed in how to delicately eat hors d’oeuvres while chatting with someone and balancing a glass of wine. We know to steer clear of the mini sliders and stick to anything that can be consumed in one bite.

But when we arrived at Saveur‘s jam-packed test kitchen-cum-party space on Tuesday night, we knew we would have to throw all our party rules out. The theme of the potluck party was simplicity and celebration, and it was catered by some of the best chefs in the biz, who mingled among the crowd or served their food from steaming chafing dishes themselves. And never mind that one-bite rule; we dug into Scott Conant‘s balsamic glazed ribs, Christopher Lee‘s black truffle and bucheron cheese potato gratin and chocolate cupcakes topped with caramel buttercream and crumbled bacon, which sounds weird but was delicious.

After a successful year that saw Saveur leading its category in ad sales, publisher Merri Lee Kingsly was absolutely beaming as she and editor-in-chief James Oseland welcomed all the participating chefs, including Marco Canora, John DeLucie, Alex Guarnaschelli, Gavin Kaysen, Michael Laiskonis, George Mendes, Seamus Mullen, Pichet Ong, Zak Pelaccio, Michael Psilakis and Bill Telepan.

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The chefs, with Kingsly and Oseland

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Bonnier Acquires Book Publisher

WOLOGO.jpgMagazine publisher Bonnier Corp. has grown rapidly in the past year, thanks to several major acquisitions. The most recent, announced today, brings book publisher Weldon Owen Publishing into the Bonnier fold, giving the company its own book division.

Weldon Owen is most well-known for publishing illustrated non-fiction books, including cookbooks. This specialty will mesh well with Bonnier’s stable of titles, including Saveur, which has previously worked in partnership with the publisher. Weldon Owen also produces children’s titles and family/adult reference books, partnering on some of those titles with Bonnier’s Parenting magazine.

This deal marks Bonnier’s fifth acquisition in 15 months, as the three-year-old publishing company seeks to expand its reach. In October, the organization picked up independently published parenting title Conceive, which followed a big deal in June under which Bonnier acquired five Hachette Filipacchi enthusiast titles.

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Previously: Bonnier Picks Up Parenting Title Conceive

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min Honors Magazines, Editors At First Editorial & Design Awards

dining in america.jpgEven as the media industry is seeming falling apart all around us, the industry still insists on honoring its members. There’s no better time than the present to look on the bright side, we suppose.

This morning, min announced the winners of its first Editorial & Design Awards, awarding prizes in 27 different editorial and design categories. The award breakfast also celebrated the induction of several notable magazine industry movers and shakers into min’s Hall of Fame, including keynote speaker Jackie Leo, formerly of Reader’s Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal‘s Sally Lee, Ellen Levine of Hearst, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia chief creative officer Gael Towey and John Rasmus of National Geographic Adventure, as well as Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and former Variety editor Peter Bart.

Other top winners of the day included Food Network Magazine‘s win for Best Launch and Fortune, which nabbed the Best Feature award for its “Three Days that Shook the World” piece on the economic collapse of last fall. BusinessWeek won for Best Investigative & News Coverage for its cover story on subprime mortgages (and snagged a prize for best use of social media), while epicurean pub Saveur was honored for best design for a single issue for its Dining in America issue.

Entertainment Weekly, which recently cut staffers as part of Time Inc.‘s budget slashing, took home a number of awards including best photojournalism for its special Photo Issue, the best blog award for its PopWatch blog, best online column for Ken Tucker‘s “Watching TV” column and the top profile or Q&A prize for a feature story on Cheeta the chimp’s life after Hollywood. Self magazine, a Conde Nast title also recently plagued by staff cuts, took home two prizes.

See a full list of the winners here.

min Announces Editorial & Design Award Winners –min Online

Former Reader’s Digest VP Wildman Joins Bonnier

wildman headshot.jpgMark Wildman is leaving Reader’s Digest to join magazine publisher Bonnier Corp. as senior vice president of corporate sales and marketing. Wildman was most recently vice president of integrated marketing at Reader’s Digest Association, but his replacement, Maureen Polo, was announced last week. He will start at Bonnier on November 6.

While at RDA, Wildman worked to establish the integrated sales and marketing group for the company’s Food & Entertaining Affinity. Before joining Reader’s Digest in 2007, Wildman worked as executive director at Conde Nast Media Group.

“Bonnier is a strong, forward-thinking organization with more than 50 consumer media brands like Saveur, Popular Science, Field & Stream and Parenting,” Wildman said. “As consumers continue their shift toward real and meaningful, the Bonnier brands are very well-positioned, delivering specific well-defined audiences which are highly engaged and emotionally invested in the content.”

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The Experts Weigh In On Condé Nast Closures

4 times square.jpgIn the day following the news that Condé Nast has decided to shutter four magazines, including Gourmet and Cookie, we reached out to some experts in the field to get their reactions. Here’s what we’ve heard:

“It made sense for a company that had two rival magazines to close one of them. It has been a very competitive year for magazines in the epicurean category, and we have had a lot of success. But Gourmet saw newsstand sales fall by 25 percent.”

Merri Lee Kingsly, publisher of Gourmet rival Saveur

“Seeing a major media company like Condé Nast blindly shutting down four prominent publications without even trying to first migrate them to digital is a prime example of how out of touch many media companies are. Folding Gourmet, a magazine with over six decades of a strong readership, is the ultimate proof that the management of Condé Nast is very short-sighted when it comes to understanding the opportunities that exist within the digital publishing landscape. This is truly a sad day for magazines. I have this to say to all print publishers: Don’t kill off another publication! We have the opportunity reshape our industry with digital publishing. Major media companies need to have the vision to realize this.”

Jim Gaines, former editor at Life, Time and People, and current editor-in-chief of digital media company FLYP

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ABC Report Shows Single-Copy Sales Continuing To Drop

saveur2.jpg The Audit Bureau of Circulations released its important report for the first half of the year today, and the findings are not that surprising: total paid and verified circulation, single-copy sales and verified subscriptions are down overall.

However, the ABC said total paid subscriptions were basically flat in the past year. Compared to historical numbers, between the December 2007 and December 2008 reports, paid and verified circ was flat and single-copy sales were down 11.12 percent. Between June 2007 and June 2008, circulation was unchanged and single-copy sales declined 6.34 percent.

Single-copy sales were down the most in this report — more than 12 percent — with almost all of the top 25 top sellers suffering a decline. The biggest newsstand seller, Cosmopolitan, saw a 7.8 drop, although Woman’s Day, OK!, Family Circle and In Style saw the biggest declines in single-copy sales among the top 25, with each logging a more than 20 percent drop.

Meanwhile, the consumer magazines that saw the biggest newsstand growth included Mother Earth News, Women’s Health, Ebony, GQ, Essence, Sporting News, Time, National Geographic International, Real Simple and Runner’s World.

Despite its recent financial challenges, Reader’s Digest remained one of the top 25 consumer magazines in regards to paid and verified subscriptions, along with AARP, which saw a 400 percent jump in subscriptions.

We’ve also been tracking epicurean magazine Saveur since sitting down with its publisher Merri Lee Kingsly last week. Today, Kingsly told us the magazine’s circ is up 4.3 percent, while its epicurean competitors, Food & Wine, Gourmet and Bon Appetit have all seen double-digit declines.

Related: So What Do You Do, Merri Lee Kingsly, Publisher of Saveur?

Also: Listen to Fishbowl NY editor Amanda Ernst talk about Kingsly, Saveur and the upcoming ABC numbers on Friday’s podcast.

FishbowlNY Editor Amanda Ernst Joins This Morning’s Menu

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It was an all-blog morning as GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst to the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Amanda spoke about the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s semi-annual report due out on Monday and what it might mean for the magazine industry. She also discussed one magazine that is expected to post positive numbers in the upcoming report, Saveur and her recent interview with the epicurean magazine’s publisher Merri Lee Kingsly. Saveur is leaving its competitors in the dust by approaching ad sales in a new and different way, motivated by Kingsly’s unconventional approach, Amanda explained.

Also discussed: Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s upcoming memoir and how it will fare against Dan Brown‘s much-hyped new release and A&E‘s acquisition yesterday of Lifetime.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Saveur Seeks 100 Readers’ Tips

saveur logo.jpgEpicurean magazine Saveur is taking user-generated content to the next level.

This year’s “Saveur 100″ list in the January/February issue will be completely made up of reader’s submissions. For over a decade, the list has been giving readers the Saveur editors’ 100 favorite food-related things, from ingredients and recipes to wine and spirits, restaurants, markets, chefs, cookbooks and more.

Last year, Saveur gave readers the chance to win the 101st item on the list. Publisher Merri Lee Kingsly told us that issue — January/Feb 2009 — was the magazine’s best selling issue of the year, a difficult feat considering what great difficulty other mags had on newsstands at the beginning of the year.

For next year’s issue, Saveur‘s editors are asking readers to submit suggestions for consideration by telling the editorial staff what they love in 1,000 words or less. The editorial team will pick from the entrants and run 100 reader suggestions in the issue.

And speaking of Saveur publisher Kingsly and newsstand numbers, check out this interview with Kingsly, in which she reveals why the magazine is reporting increases in ad page sales, subscriptions and newsstand sales, while other American magazines — including Saveur‘s epicurean competitors — are struggling. And stay tuned for the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s numbers that come out on Monday. They’re sure to show how the hard work of Kingsly and her team is paying off.

Related: So What Do You Do, Merri Lee Kingsly, Publisher of Saveur?

Earlier: PIB Miscalculated Saveur‘s Ad Pages For First Half Of Year

A Talk With The Economist‘s Bishop|TONY Mixes Business With Pleasure|FTC Talks Future Of Journalism|Mag Publishers Report Circ Numbers|Advertisers Penalize More For 40+ Audience


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PRNewser: An interview with Matthew Bishop, The Economist‘s New York bureau chief.

AgencySpy: Time Out New York launches new “Sex and Dating” section, putting dating and sex-related ads up front and center, and in with the editorial content.

BayNewser: Later this year, the FTC will hold a workshop series dedicated to the future of journalism

Ad Age: Some publishers are releasing circulation numbers in advance of the Audit Bureau of Circulations big semi-annual report, which is coming out soon. Many magazines reported declines in newsstand and subscriptions, but there were some gains: Saveur‘s single-copy sales rose 4 percent during the first half of the year and More magazine’s newsstand held steady.

New York Times: And speaking of More, the magazine for women older 40 seems to be penalized by advertisers for its older audience. “The average More reader makes about $93,000, around $30,000 more than the average for Vogue, Allure or Harper’s Bazaar…But More has hardly a luxury ad in it.”

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