525 Magazines Ceased Publication in 2008; 40 Magazines Fold in 2009 According to MediaFinder.com

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The downturn in the economy continues to impact magazines, with 525 magazines ceasing publication in 2008 according to MediaFinder.com─ the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications. In 2009, 40 publications have already folded, including six titles from now defunct Double Down Media, and 13 now publish online-only versions, such as PC Magazine, Playgirl and Information Security.

The downturn in the economy continues to impact magazines, with 525 magazines ceasing publication in 2008 according to MediaFinder.com─ the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian publications. In 2009, 40 publications have already folded, including six titles from now defunct Double Down Media, and 13 now publish online-only versions, such as PC Magazine, Playgirl and Information Security. Domino, Country Home, and Wondertime are among the many magazines that ceased publication in 2009.

In 2008, regional magazines experienced the biggest decline, losing 33 magazines, while 18 travel magazines ceased publication. The next largest categories are home and automotive, both categories lost 17 publications in 2008. In the home category, COTTAGE LIVING and HOME were both shut down in 2008.

Looking back to 2007, 591 magazines ceased publication, with regional magazines topping the list again, with 37 ceased publications. Crossword puzzle and college student press, ceased 22 and 20 magazines, respectively.

MediaFinder.com, a media property of Oxbridge Communications©, (http://www.mediafinder.com), is the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian periodicals, with information on 75,000 magazines, journals, newspapers, newsletters, directories, and catalogs.

According to Trish Hagood, president of Oxbridge Communications, "In this fast-changing media environment, MediaFinder.com is a great tool for advertisers, direct marketers, PR professionals and other business professionals because it enables them to stay up to date with vital information on periodicals. In particular, we urge media professionals to try our Keyword Search Service available for only $49.99 a month."

MediaFinder includes information such as subscription and advertising rates, circulation and print specifications, ISSN numbers, year established, subscriber list rental opportunities, description of contents, staff names and contact information including more than 56,204 web sites and 50,650 e-mail addresses. Users can sort, select, and download information from the database.

Available immediately from Oxbridge Communications (http://www.mediafinder.com), or by calling 1-800-955-0231, the MediaFinder® database service costs $795 for six months and $1,295 for one year. The MediaFinder.com Keyword Service costs $49.99 for one month's use, or $495 for one year, and offers searches by Keyword, Category, or ISSN number. A site license is also available via IP authentication for universities, libraries, or corporations.

Oxbridge Communications, founded in 1964, has the largest database of U.S. and Canadian print media and catalogs. In addition to MediaFinder.com, it publishes a broad range of reference products including the Standard Periodical Directory, National Directory of Magazines, Oxbridge Directory of Newsletters and National Directory of Catalogs.

For more media information, contact:
Lisa Hendrickson
516-767-8390

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