Magazine (Wholesaler) Death Watch

I know I was all ‘keep your sunnyside up’ in that magazine-related post last night, but there’s some breaking news being reported by that will be music to “The End is Near” crowd.

While I know only a little about consumer magazine distribution (the magazines we publish are distributed via the USPS and place-based channels), the news that consumer magazine wholesalers accounting for 50% of newsstand distribution are ceasing operations is a big (and not good) deal.

Quote from

Two weeks after threatening publishers with separate 7-cents-per-copy price hikes, a pair of major magazine wholesalers, Anderson News and Source Interlink, have decided to cease operations, according to a source at Comag. When contacted by FOLIO:, a Source Interlink spokesperson declined to comment “on rumors.” Anderson could not be reached for comment.

(I’ll add to this post later with links to coverage.)