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    Motorcycle Consumer News closes its doors

    https://www.mcnews.com/?fbclid=IwAR0ZKUyeHHrhiqYCPwrbcliV1tEyL7k9C6P5v-YC40KH7RIGlSZ2dSpQx3A

    Bummer! One of the few magazines that I read cover to cover... hopefully ON can pick up a couple writers to add to their already wonderful arsenal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    https://www.mcnews.com/?fbclid=IwAR0ZKUyeHHrhiqYCPwrbcliV1tEyL7k9C6P5v-YC40KH7RIGlSZ2dSpQx3A

    Bummer! One of the few magazines that I read cover to cover... hopefully ON can pick up a couple writers to add to their already wonderful arsenal?
    This is indeed a sad day. It looks like a do-it-yourself bankrupcy (we are broke) without benefit of the court system and maybe without counsel, which is pefrectly fine with me.
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    I'll lose

    About a year's subscription, but it will be worth it if we can drag Walt Fulton over here.

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    No advertising is a tough approach.

    PBS is supported in part by various foundations ... MOA Foundation?

    Occasional issues with 50s music and pleas for donations?

    Grants from manufacturers, the Air Force Research Lab (that’s my state), ... ?
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    Bummer

    I just restarted my subscription the first issue was January

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    I have had my Auto Restorer subscription for about 20 years, too bad a lot of great information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Grants from manufacturers, the Air Force Research Lab (that’s my state), ... ?
    Say wha?????????????
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    MCN has been in a bit of a decline in the last year or so. It still was a good read however and it will be missed. I now know why they pushed their 2020 calendars so hard!
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    Sad for sure but most magazines are in trouble.
    Most peeps these days get their, more and faster, updated information via the internet and that makes mags a tough sell..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDERR1150GSADV View Post
    Sad for sure but most magazines are in trouble.
    Most peeps these days get their, more and faster, updated information via the internet and that makes mags a tough sell..
    But I'd take quality over quantity and day...
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    Addicted to curves azgman's Avatar
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    MCN was available as a digital publication, which is how I received mine for the past year.
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    Wait 5 or 10 years. The current electronic information business model is not sustainable. Ads block content, are a constant aggravation, and are systematically ignored. Ad blockers trigger warnings which then cause folks to simply skip the ad and the content they intended to read. Advertisers will discover that their ads simply don't reach people and somebody will need to invent a new business model. Maybe we will see printed matter emerge for people with attention spans longer than 22.5 seconds. Or not. The movie Idiocracy (look it up) was intended to be a comedy, not a documentary.
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    We heard those same “ski is falling” warnings back at the turn of the century in the music industry, yet 20 years later it is alive and well and to many, even more vibrant as the studio-mogul roadblocks have been lowered for more artists. The night before my FIL’s funeral the family decided they wanted to play and sing-along the first verse of a song he used to sing to his wife and kids. $.99 and 60 seconds of download time later we had a nice participatory addition to the service-no running out to find and buy an overpriced CD.

    I’m too old to be a digital native, yet all the newspapers I subscribe come to me digitally, by my request. Tablet apps enable reading books and allow an entire library of books to be carried along in less space than a single dead-tree version. My MCN subscription was digital and I am doing new subscriptions only to publications that offer digital versions. The subscription model is still viable in the digital age, and yes—advertising will still be a part of it.

    MCN’s problem was that they never had a truly viable business model from the beginning. The “no advertising” model only works for organizations that get under a non-profit banner and actively seek outright donations and endowments above and beyond subscriptions, as continually raising subscription rates to pay the bills, sans advertising, eventually hits a breakover point where the consumer won’t ante up. Consumer Reports is one example. The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper recently filed non-profit status for the same reasons.

    It’s an old saw but true, that the only thing constant is change—both external and internal—and one adapts or ends up left behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    But I'd take quality over quantity and day...
    I agree.
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    I was informed recently by the local magazine purveyor that one of the automotive magazines I read was no longer available. An internet search revealed that TEN Publishing, which had published 21 titles, has discontinued 19 magazines that have served the automotive hobby for many years. Car Craft and Street Rodder, et al, are gone.

    Print magazines sadly appear to be in a difficult position these days.
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