Despite a slight decline in overall magazine circulation in the first half of this year, the number of magazine readers in the U.S. is actually up slightly, according to the latest GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer, which tracks print and digital magazine readership.
Total magazine readership across print and digital editions increased about 1.6 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013, while that of print alone increased 1.1 percent. Digital readership grew a healthy 49 percent. But it remains a scant 1.6 percent of the total magazine audience and slowed down in growth from the 83 year over year increase reported this past spring. The numbers don't tell the full story about magazine readership, however, as the survey doesn't measure reading on magazine websites.