In 2014, 190 magazines launched, compared to 185 magazines in 2013, reported MediaFinder.com—the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications. During the same period, 99 magazines closed, compared to 56 magazines in 2013.
The top categories for new magazine launches in 2014 were regional (23 new magazines), health (8 new magazines), food (6 new magazines), home (6 new magazines), and children (6 new magazines). In the fourth quarter of 2014, new titles launched included California SundayMagazine, Mantra Yoga + Health, Eat This, Not That!, California Home & Design, and Fun to Learn Peppa Pig. Other new launches in 2014 included Town & Country Travel, Biz New Orleans, CNET and Pineapple.
In 2014, the top categories for closures were automotive, due to the closing of many magazines by Source Interlink, and crafts, due to the shutdown of All American Crafts, Inc. Other magazines that closed included USA Weekend that was just announced this month.
“In 2014, there were a few more magazine launches than in 2013, but there were also more closures” said Trish Hagood, president of Mediafinder.com.
In the business-to-business magazine sector, 47 new titles launched in 2014, including Construction Las Vegas, compared to 20 titles launched in 2013.
In the same period, 27 titles ceased, including ABA Banking Journal, compared to 14 titles ceased in 2013.