“I think the printed magazine is a completely unique experience. There’s nothing like it. It’s unique as a lean-back experience, it’s uniquely immersive…There are some consumers who will always want to read that magazine in print. There are some who will want to read it in print, on mobile, tablet, or look at the websites, but I think the print remains the anchor of the experience.”
–Mary Berner, CEO of the MPA, in a blog interview with Samir Husni, aka “Mr. Magazine.”
“A magazine is a great invention. You take the best things you can find from around the world, you put together great stories, great photography and you give it to the consumer for $5. They can pass it on to somebody else; they can recycle it. If they lose it they can buy another one. It’s available everywhere, and we’ll send it to their door for less. That’s a pretty good deal. Magazines are a very viable part of our lives and will be for as long as people are alive.”
–Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair magazine
“Trade book publishing is by nature a cottage industry, decentralized, improvisational, personal; best performed by small groups of like-minded people, devoted to their craft, jealous of their autonomy, sensitive to the needs of writers and to the diverse interests of readers. If money were their primary goal, these people would probably have chosen other careers.”
–Jason Epstein, former Doubleday Editor, Creator of Anchor Books, Co-founder of The New York Review of Books, former Editorial Director of Random House and recipient of the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters.
“One summer I read Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer,” and it dawned on me that writing was something you could do for a living, just like being a doctor or a fisherman. The novel’s wry philosophical depth opened my eyes to what Percy called “the search,” poking around for clues about why we are here.”
–Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute and the author of theSteve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin biographies.
The following is an interesting quote from a New York Times article:
“The rites of summer are, by definition, fleeting: the summer romance, the summer job or vacation. Only the books seem to stick. Twelve writers recall their most memorable experiences of summer reading, proving perhaps that if you’re looking for an enduring summer romance, a good book might be your best bet. Click here to read the May 31st NYTimes article “What I Read That Summer.”