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Esquire‘s flashing cover. To commemorate its 75th anniversary, the October issue of Esquire will feature a flexible electronic “paper” cover that allows words and images to scroll across it — a first for magazines, according to parent company Hearst. — Foliomag
New York Times profit falls as ad sales drop. New York Times Co., the third- largest US newspaper publisher, said second-quarter profit declined 5.5% as job cuts and price increases failed to make up for plunging print advertising sales. — Bloomberg
Protesters denounce Fox News as racist. Protesters gathered on Wednesday outside Fox News Channel to denounce what they claim is its racist campaign coverage, including a pundit who called Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama a terrorist. — Reuters
Much of Grazia, thank you. The recurring thought I had while sifting through the 172 glossy pages of Grazia is “How the heck are they going to be able to deliver one of these every week?”. Seriously, it’s a lot of content. There are a lot of ads, too, mind — 58 ad pages in total, plus nine promotional/marketing pages equals 39% of pages … Grazia is essentially a blending of Shop Til You Drop, WHO weekly, Famous, OK!, the newspaper supplements (like Sunday magazine and Body & Soul) that I adore, and, perhaps, UK ELLE or Australia’s own Harper’s BAZAAR. As a committed magazine buyer/blogger, I’ll be sticking with it for as long as my budget allows. Though I’m not overly excited by this debut issue, it definitely has the potential to be a weekly must-read. At the moment, it seems to be servicing advertisers as much as wooing readers, which I don’t think is safe. I’m in awe of the amazing team that has been pulled together to put the magazine out — some of Australia’s best writing and styling talent — but the magazine seems to be lacking spark. Is it humour? Wit? Too many bland features? Too many sparse still-life pages? Too many first-person columns? Is it taking itself too seriously? Is it trying to be all things when all it really wants to do is go shopping and find a new lipstick? I love the idea of a weekly magazine devoted entirely to the materialistic pastime of shopping and improving one’s makeup bag and wardrobe, alongside some meaty features and celebrity gossip (a la Marie Claire), yet I’m left wanting. Quite simply, it doesn’t inspire me to shop. — Girl with a Satchel
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