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August 15, 2008



Wow, if you thought newspaper stocks had fallen quite a bit, Morningstar says they have a hell of a lot further to go. It's sort of in-line with what you have been forecasting here for several months, so it won't come as much of a suprise to you. But I am not sure I can be this pessimistic:

Julie Starr

>I'm not sure magazine subscribers are truly >that eclectic and fickle. Do you really want >to have to manage your magazine choices every >month? The whole point of a subscription, >after all, is a sort of set-it-and-forget-it >model. Still, it's an interesting approach >that might find a nice niche market.

I think that's a great idea. I'm exactly fickle enough to buy into it. Whenever I subscribe to a magazine it ends up piling up in the corner unread and reproachful - either because I'm busy or bored with it.

To be able to mix up my subscriptions - say, let me take every second Economist, every third Time and every second New Scientist issues - would be perfect.

That said, it would only be perfect if it was super easy to manage, and if I could manage it myself online with no daft penalties for changing my mind.

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