Newsstand Declines Hitting New Lows Across More Categories

first_img There’s more bad news in the analysis of who’s being affected by the consumer’s growing lack of interest in picking up single copies. MagNet data shows that smaller titles whose newsstand sales had been holding up well against bigger ones are now feeling the squeeze. Whereas the top 25 and 50 titles had been experiencing larger declines, the latest data show that titles in the top 100 and top 1000 have pulled even. The percentage decline in sales is now more similar across all groups of titles through the top 1000, ranging from -1.4 percent for the top 25, to 3.2 percent for the top 1000. MagNet, though, puts a caveat on the comparison; the 2014 numbers may be overestimated both because numbers from Source Interlink Distribution dried up when it went out of business, and Barnes & Noble stopped providing data this year. That even despite publishers responding by paring back the number of hard copies distributed by 40 million over the same time period, but perhaps owing partly to an average 5 percent increase in cover prices. The latter move was factored into a dollar sales efficiency figure of 26.5 percent.  Yet MagNet is confident enough in the numbers to suggest in its narrative on the data that a stabilization of newsstand circ doesn’t appear to be in sight. The decline began eight years ago and sales are approaching an inauspicious milestone. The newsstand tracker’s first-half 2015 numbers are in and they show that the key metric of sales efficiency hit what it says is an all-time low. Only 26.8 percent of the magazines publishers distributed to retail outlets actually sold, down from 31 percent in the first half of 2014. Newsstand performance comparison for U.S. and Canada, first half 2015 versus 2014. (Includes estimates for Barnes & Noble sales) Source: MagNetcenter_img “We estimate that newsstand magazine sales will generate about $2.5 billion in 2015, just about half of what was generated in 2007,” the review reads in part. It’s getting to be old news now. Magazine newsstand sales are declining, according to the latest data from MagNet. But what is new, and worrisome, is that the declines are accelerating and the pain is spreading. MagNet’s outlook for 2015 looks even gloomier looking beyond the first-half numbers that are in the books. It says preliminary July and August numbers are tracking worse than those for the first half. Title rank comparison for U.S. and Canada, first half 2015 versus 2014. (Data does not include Barnes & Noble sales) Source: MagNetlast_img read more

Fashion designer Digraj Singh Shahpura loves promoting Indian heritage and culture

first_imgDigraj Singh ShahpuraPR HandoutDigraj Singh Shahpura, a popular Indian fashion designer who belongs to the royal clan of Shahpura has been instrumental in promoting Indian heritage and culture through his exclusively designed ethnic apparel.He is also known for doing some exclusive and innovative work in the field of hospitality. His work is diversified and is not only a fashion designer but also has business dealing with hotels, jewelry and interior designs.Digraj has made a mark with his classic tailored cut Indian wear, not just here but in and abroad as well. Digraj has collaborated and done trunk shows with prestigious fashion houses in abroad and India like Burberry, Berluti, Tods and Dior.Digraj gathered a lot of knowledge in the world of fashion by staying and travelling abroad. Thereafter he planned to start his own brand by the name of “Digraj Singh Shahpura” in 2015 and has not looked back since then.And he is dedicated towards bringing a new revolution in Indian fashion and putting it on to the international fashion map by bringing out designs that reflect his Rajasthani roots – Jodhpuri, Bandhgala, Achkan, which are his strengths.Furthermore, his designs bring across an aesthetic and regal tapestry of the fineries of Rajasthan that reflect the heritage and craft of the Indian state.Digraj Singh Shahpura is known for resurrecting fashion styles of the bygone era. His designs have made clothing patterns iconic and fashionable besides keeping intact the rich heritage of Rajasthan.last_img read more

ClojureCUDA 060 now supports CUDA 10

first_imgClojureCUDA is a CUDA that supports parallel computations on the GPU with CUDA in the Clojure programming language. With this library, you can access high-performance Computing and GPGPU in Clojure. Installation ClojureCUDA 0.6.0 now has support for the new CUDA 10. To start using it: Install the CUDA 10 Toolkit Update your drivers Update the ClojureCUDA version in project.clj All the existing code should work without requiring any changes. CUDA and libraries CUDA is the most used environment for high-performance computing on NVIDIA GPUs. You can now use CUDA directly from the interactive Clojure REPL without having to wrangle with the C++ toolchain. High-performance libraries like Neanderthal take advantage of ClojureCUDA to deliver speed dynamically to Clojure programs. With these higher-level libraries, you can perform fast calculations with just a few lines of Clojure. You don’t even have to write the GPU code yourself. But writing the lower level GPU code is also not so difficult in an interactive Clojure environment. ClojureCUDA features The ClojureCUDA library has features like high performance and optimization for Clojure. High-performance computing CUDA enables various hardware optimizations on NVIDIA GPUs. Users can access the leading CUDA libraries for numerical computing like cuBLAS, cuFFT, and cuDNN. Optimized for Clojure ClojureCUDA is built with a focus on Clojure. The interface and functions fit into a functional style. They are also aligned to number crunching with CUDA. Reusable The library closely follows the CUDA driver API. Users translate examples from best CUDA books easily. Free and Open Source It is licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL) which is the same license used for Clojure. ClojureCUDA and other libraries by uncomplicate are open source. You can choose to contribute on GitHub or donate on Patreon. For more details and code examples, visit the dragan Blog. Read next Clojure 1.10.0-beta1 is out! Stable release of CUDA 10.0 out, with Turing support, tools and library changes NVTOP: An htop like monitoring tool for NVIDIA GPUs on Linuxlast_img read more