Canadian Publishing Industry News
7 December 2023,     WESTMOUNT, QUEBEC

Reader's Digest Canada Closing


Cover of first Canadian edition
Cover of first Canadian edition
The Canadian edition of Reader's Digest Canada will shutting down  because of “declining ad sales revenues, increased production and delivery costs and changes in consumer reading habits,” employees were told. Reader's Digest Canada  said they had “worked diligently to address these challenges and find new ways of operating,” but that “after extensive review the difficult decision was made to wind down the Canadian business.” The Canadian operation  will continue to publish until March 31, 2024,

3 December 2023,     OTTAWA

Negotiations process begins for Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Canada Post Starts Negotiations With Union.
Canada Post Starts Negotiations With Union.
 Canada Post has received notices to bargain from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). This officially kicks off the negotiations process for new collective agreements with CUPW’s two bargaining units. Canada Post’s two collective agreements with CUPW are set to expire on December 31, 2023 (Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers) and January 31, 2024 (Urban Postal Operations). If negotiations extend past these dates, the existing collective agreements will continue to apply.

2 December 2023,     OTTAWA

Canada Post Stamp Magazine Cancelling Printed Edition


Stamp publication can not be mailed through Canada Post
Stamp publication can not be mailed through Canada Post
According to Canadian Stamp News Canada Post has announced its long-running print publication Details, which announces new issues and other company news, will move online in 2024. “This special publication provides information on all of our recently and soon-to-be released stamps for the balance of this year,” reads the latest edition of Details, published in October. “It also highlights the many easy ways you can stay up to date on our latest issues as we move away from printed copies of Details magazine and consider what this publication will look like in the future.

2 December 2023,    

Riddle Fence May Close Because Of Printing Costs


Newfoundland and Labrador arts and culture journal since 2007
Started in  2007 Newfoundland  arts and culture journal since 
Riddle Fence Newfoundland and Labrador arts and culture journal has released its milestone 50th issue, but without financial help, it might be its last. It was founded in 2007 as a literary magazine, is the only independent arts and culture journal in the province. The magazine gets funding from municipal, provincial and federal levels of government but it doesn't cover operating costs.Printing and distribution costs are have skyrocketed,  where literally every issue costs more than the last.

2 December 2023,     OTTAWA

The Canada Council for the Arts 2022–23 Annual Report

2022–23 Annual Report
The Canada Council for the Arts has released its 2022–23 Annual Report, highlighting the progress made during the second year of its 2021–26 strategic plan, while providing an overview of the year’s accomplishments. Here’s a glimpse of the Canada Council’s impact as of March 31, 2023:$384M in total grants, prizes and payments were awarded to recipients in 2,077 communities across Canada.

27 November 2023,     OTTAWA

Tax Measures To Support Journalism


Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures
Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures
Are you passionate about Canadian journalism? Do you have experience in the journalism industry? The Government of Canada is still accepting applications for new members for the Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures (Advisory Board). A strong and independent Canadian news industry is crucial to a well-functioning democracy. Canadians rely on credible journalism for accurate and timely news that allows them to make informed decisions.

20 November 2023,    

Soap Opera Digest Closes Print Edition

Published weekly for almost 50 years
Published weekly for almost 50 years
 The weekly print edition of Soap Opera Digest is closing after five decades. Staff have been told  of the decision.A360Media, the company that owns the brand, confirmed that the weekly edition is being discontinued. The company plans to continue publishing special print issues of Soap Opera Digest four times per year. Soap Opera Digest was first launched in 1975. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp bought the publication in 1989 then sold it

20 November 2023,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada New Membership & Communications Manager


Rebecca Rosenbaum Membership & Communications Manager
Rebecca Rosenbaum Membership & Communications Manager
Magazines Canada has appointed Rebecca Rosenblum as the new Membership & Communications Manager. She will be developing membership acquisition, onboarding and member management. Rebecca Rosenblum has many years of experience in the publishing world, most recently working with an academic/grassroots journal and a feminist press. She's also worked on publications for everyone from pre-kindergarteners to paleontologists, written several books and many stories and articles of her own,and once had a blog post linked by the New Yorker blog. Rebecca's first magazine subscription was Penny Power, the short-lived children's offshot of Consumer Reports.

20 November 2023,    

Study Finds Third Of Amazon Book Reviews Are Fake.


The most untrustworthy Amazon reviews
The most untrustworthy Amazon reviews
Book reviews are the most untrustworthy on Amazon, has reveal. Almost 2 in 5 (37.2%) book ratings are fraudulent, the most of any product category. After analysing Amazon’s bestsellers, the experts uncovered that for 59% of products, over 40% of ratings were fake. For 1 in 20 books, over 90% of ratings were illegitimate.Methodology used was 1. 20 popular categories on were chosen for analysis to determine which had the most fake reviews.2.

20 November 2023,     OTTAWA ,

Canadian Magazine Coalition Survey


The Canadian Magazine Coalition, comprising MagsBC, Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM), Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) and Magazines Canada, is advocating on behalf of Canadian magazine publishers on a number of issues including Bill C-18 and ongoing investment in the magazine sector. They are conducting a survey to identify the collective reach of their member publications.

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