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TheDane

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03-14-2019 01:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: popular woodworking bankruptcy

F+W Media, the publisher of Popular Woodworking (and other niche magazines) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Citing declines in both subscriptions and advertising revenue, they plan to pursue sale of assets during the bankruptcy case.

Here’s a link to a USA Today story on their filing.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"


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#1 posted 03-14-2019 02:02 PM

i do subscribe to pw so i would be sad if it goes but that seems the reality today everything is going on line,the cost of printed magazines are killing companies because todays generation just doesn’t buy printed material anymore.just look at the newspaper industry and how many have gone out of business.thanks for sharing this gerry.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-14-2019 08:43 PM

I’ve never been a Pw reader. They hired talented writers and woodworkers over the years but it just never caught on with me. Wonder what will happen to their rights over The Woodwright’s Shop early seasons.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 03-14-2019 09:13 PM

Wow, that’s too bad. I’ve been a pretty regular subscriber but tailed off the last two. I was just thinking about renewing again this year.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 09:56 PM

I’ve been a pretty regular subscriber …

Me too. I subscribe to the magazine, which is okay even though a lot of it deals with stuff that is no longer in my wheelhouse since I have gravitated to turning. Popular Woodworking sponsors Tim Yoder’s woodturning videos, which I would sorely miss if Tim loses a major sponsor and has to cease production.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 03-14-2019 11:01 PM

I’ve been a subscriber to Pop. WW’g for years… and have enjoyed them.

Over recent years, I’ve noticed that their magazine has been getting Smaller and Smaller… now, the size of a large brochure!

I still take it… I will be sorry to see it GO… I hope someone will buy it and turn it around…

CUT the staff down to bare bones with people doing multiple jobs, etc. while getting it back to a profit…
It’s time to really tighten the pant strings… and pray…

I guess it’s too late now… TOO damn bad!

Dane, Thank you for the report!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#6 posted 03-15-2019 03:09 AM

I never subscribed to PW!

But, I have I have many other magazines I would like to pass on to those that are interested!
However, before I take the time counting and organizing by date I would like to know if anyone is interested.

In order of quantities from most to least:
  1. Shop Notes 1992 to 2016, way too many to count
  2. Woodsmith, 55 issues
  3. Wood, 33 issues
  4. Woodworkers Journal, 20 issues #Woodcraft, 5 issues

I did this once before and all I ask is shipping charges!
Let me know what you are looking for and I will see if that/those issues are available.
I would rather do this than recycle!

The reason I am posting this here is that for some yet undetermined reason I cannot start a new forum post!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 03-15-2019 01:15 PM

Glad for the info, my renewal is coming up, so I will hold off for now on that.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 03-15-2019 09:13 PM

It is a reality that the print media is suffering in general. PW is a good magazine, I also subscribe, I hope they can survive.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 03-15-2019 09:22 PM

Yes it’s enjoyable to browse techniques and ideas in magazines like this but..

How many of us look things up on the internet, or places like youtube for info? Often you can find what you want without a subscription. Just like:
I don’t need newspapers.
I don’t need a small engine manual to work on my snowblower.
I can find out how to change out a shower cartridge (the exact model) on youtube.
Etc…..

The world changes. Stuff like this was predicted long ago, and it’s not over yet.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 03-16-2019 01:08 AM


todays generation just doesn t buy printed material anymore.
- pottz

And why would they when you can instantly bring up every edition in the palm of your hand? Nor do we listen to radio mystery series anymore. My son has a law degree from Georgetown and can barely read cursive but he can type faster than I can talk, while he’s talking and watching TV. Time marches on. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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pottz

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#11 posted 03-17-2019 04:40 AM


todays generation just doesn t buy printed material anymore.
- pottz

And why would they when you can instantly bring up every edition in the palm of your hand? Nor do we listen to radio mystery series anymore. My son has a law degree from Georgetown and can barely read cursive but he can type faster than I can talk, while he s talking and watching TV. Time marches on. :-)

- Andybb


exactly!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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