Big news in the knitting world a bit earlier this week involved the uncertain future of some long-established crafting magazines. Specifically, F + W Media is filing for bankruptcy. F + W is the parent company of Interweave Press, publishers of Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, and Spin Off, among other books and magazines. For more details on the whole thing, see this Forbes article, and this article on the Craft Industry Alliance website.
The company cited a lot of reasons for their need to file bankruptcy, but one was the decline in readership, and that many readers prefer to get their content online rather than in print. And that got me thinking. I certainly do like to access a lot of content online, but I also really like magazines.
I definitely get a lot of content and do a lot of shopping for patterns and yarn and so on online. I check in at Mason Dixon knitting every day along with a lot of blogs and other sites. On the other hand, I do have a long-running subscription to Vogue Knitting, and just got one for PomPom. When I am in Barnes & Noble, I do like to poke around the knitting magazine rack to see if there are any good patterns in whatever is around. Sometimes I will buy something there, sometimes not.
So here’s an informal poll on this topic Are you a magazine reader? If no, where do you generally get your knitting content? Paper or online? Do you subscribe or just buy a magazine here and there? Inquiring minds want to know! Feel free to answer in the comments or take this topic to your own blog. If you do that though, please add a link to your post below so we can check it out!