Two interesting innovations in magazine publishing

There were two interesting items in the New York Times yesterday on innovations in magazine publishing.  The first, by David Carr, looks at Lucky Peach, a new food-centered magazine started by chef David Chang that’s rich in content and texture.  At 174 pages and printed on heavy matte paper, it turns magazine convention on its head but has found a fiercely loyal following.  At the other end of the spectrum, the Times reported on the new iPad app from The New Yorker magazine.  It emphasizes the reader’s experience of, well, reading, with few of the embellishments that other publishers have adopted when taking their titles to the digital realm.  Both examples show that risk-taking, experimentation and innovation are alive and well in an industry many had written off as lost.



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