27 titles began, while 9 closed in 1st Qtr of 2013
Twenty-seven magazines began publication during the first quarter of 2013, while nine titles shut down.
Among those that closed was one of the pioneering free alternative weeklies -- The Boston Phoenix, which had been published for 47 years. An edition of The Phoenix serving coastal New Hampshire and Maine -- particularly Portland, where there's a big music and bar scene -- will continue.
A year ago, 52 magazines launched and a dozen closed.
Media Daily News says for the full year of 2012, 227 titles began and 82 closed. Total ad pages dropped by 8.2 percent last year, continuing a decline that totals 39 percent over the six years since 2006.
Besides the drop in ad pages, more people rely on the web for news and features, resulting in fewer subscription and newsstand sales.