GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Longtime fans of the self-reliance lifestyle know and love Dave Duffy, the editor and publisher of Backwoods Home Magazine. He created one of the best magazines in the genre that many longtime homesteaders and survivalists consider a must read. So, it was bittersweet when subscribers received the news that Backwoods Home Magazine would end its run as a printed publication with the November/December issue after 28 years.
The news follows a longterm trend nearly a decade old that has led to the decline of printed magazines and news publications. In 2009, Time Magazine reported “the U.S. newspaper industry has entered a new period of decline.” That same year, Business Insider reported that more than 100 newspapers were shuttered. The news for the magazine world was just as devastating. In 2011 alone, subscriptions to digital magazines grew by 560 percent, according to Rochester Institute of Technology, while subscriptions to printed publications were declining year over year, according to the Pew Research Center. Today, there is little doubt that only a handful of printed publications can survive without going digital.
“Declining paid print subscriptions have not kept pace with printing and postage costs of a six-times-a-year magazine, so economics has essentially dictated we must close,” Duffy said in an online letter to readers. “I’d like to thank all our readers through the years for supporting BHM. It’s been a fun ride for us and I hope you enjoyed it too.”
The magazine will continue as a “digital only” magazine on Amazon’s Kindle platform. For readers with subscriptions that extend beyond the November/December issue, they will print issues of the lifestyle-oriented magazine Self-Reliance for the remainder of the subscription.
Duffy and his team notified subscribers through e-mails and in person at preparedness expos.
The good news is that BHM‘s sister magazine, Self-Reliance, which publishes only four times a year, is in much better shape economically and will continue to publish a print issue.
This should come as no surprise to anyone in the industry as several preparedness expo producers are responding to more market demand for lifestyle offerings. Just recently, one of the largest producers of preparedness expos, RK Prepper Shows, rebranded and expanded its offerings to include “green living.” Other promoters have told a reporter for Paratus Business News that the lifestyle market is where the growth is.
Duffy says Self-Reliance “caters to a similar audience as BHM, but with more emphasis on the idea that ‘anyone, whether you live in the city or country, can achieve self-reliance.’” It is about to publish its 19th issue.
Self-Reliance will also employ many key writers that BHM readers enjoy.
Readers interested in subscribing to Backwoods Home Magazine’s five remaining print issues can click here.
Editors Note: On a personal note, the staff at PBN are sad to see this turn of events. These magazines are terrific resources and wonderful reads. Plus, any writer that publishes a book titled “Can America Be Saved From Stupid People” has our vote. We recommend our readers check out Self-Reliance. It could lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle and mean the difference between surviving and thriving.