After 13 years in Kitsilano, Kent McKenzie and Dennis Topp will close their magazine shop Does Your Mother Know? at 2139 West 4th Avenue. With steadily declining magazine sales and increasing rent, the specialty store is no longer a viable source of income. The shop will shut down Sunday, June 24.
In interviews about the closure, McKenzie told the reporter that people are teary eyed over the loss. As much fun as it is to browse the shop’s impressive array of titles and hang out, I’ll admit I don’t buy as many magazines as I once did. With the magazine format itself in question, it’s no wonder that a magazine retail outlet is struggling. This Vancouver Sun article discusses the future of the print magazine in the tablet era.
While the author points out that most people today rely on social media and websites for entertainment news, a December 2011 Deloitte study of 16,000 consumers in the U.K. found that 88 per cent of respondents who read magazine content prefer to do so in printed hard copy and only one-third of tablet users had read a magazine on their device.
In the ongoing debate about the future of print media, what will happen to the magazine? Do you still buy print magazines? Weigh in below.