Once in a…: The span of the magazine Lifetime’s lifetime appears to be about 18 months. Note to would-be magazine-for-women launchers: here you have a successful cable channel brand and platfrom along with the same folks and deep pockets who brought you Oprah Magazine and some other folks who brought you Mickey Mouse and ESPN…all that, and failure. Bottomline: magazine magic is hard to bottle.
Rolling through Nashville: Warren St. John files a dispatch for Slate from his first ever stop on a book tour, and it happens to be at Nashville’s Davis-Kidd. The book, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is about the young NY Times reporter’s season-long travels as an Alabama football fan. (Note to Auburn fans: Please, no mail.) He’s also blogging the book tour.
Update: Hey, wait a minute. After a look at some of those pictures on Warren’s weblog, I note we have a single-degree-of-separation. He hangs out with some good folks.
(You can purchase Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer
from the rexblog Amazon.com affiliate store if you’re not near Davis-Kidd or another independent bookstore.)
A blog clarification: An entrepreneur, Scott Smith, recently discovered a post I made several months ago regarding a judgement in favor of the owners of Entrepreneur magazine against Smith’s usage of the name EntrepreneurPR for his company. Scott has spent several years contesting Entrepreneur’s trademark claims and, as I noted, viewed his cause as a something beyond a fight over a trademark, but something akin to a battle between good and evil. Scott has posted a long response in the comments of my earlier post in which he chastises my lack of reporting on both sides. I’ve communicated witih him via e-mail the nature of the whole blog-post-comments-conversational-quick linking nature of this weblog…but I’d also like to say once more publicly, if someone disagrees with what I say on this weblog, please feel free to comment and please feel free to use the comments to link to an opposing view.
Cliffs Notes version: Google News “alerted” me to the Publishers Weekly story that Cliffs Notes is now available online for free. However, because PW is a walled-off pay-site, I could only read the following “abstract.” However, due to the nature of the news, I’ve determined it is about all I need to know:
The battle of the study guides—John Wiley’s classic Cliffs Notes guides versus Barnes & Noble’s SparkNotes series—opened a new front with the launch of a redesigned Cliffs Notes Web site offering its study guides both for sale and for free.
Vaporzine news: From one of the best vaporzine scouts I know comes a link to the website of Riot Media that plans, among other things, a new magazine next year targeting boys 8-13. For the record, because of a birthday last weekend, I no longer am living under the roof with anyone in that specific demographic.
Riot’s first products, a magazine, a comic book and an interactive website with an e-commerce element, are expected to be available to consumers starting in early 2005. Other products and content that will follow include collectible game and trading cards, electronic games, toys and other licensed products. Television, motion picture and home video programming are also being planned.
Also, on the vaporzine front, a new magazine called Taste of the South is due in October from the publisher of Southern Lady and Tea Time magazines. “How-to features will include articles instructing readers on how to select the region’s wonderful in-season produce; profiles of the South’s most notable chefs, as well as their favorite recipes.”
(Note: For the record, the cover shown above is of “Riot Magazine,” not “Southern Lady.” Thanks to Eddie Rider.)