No new magazines will be sold at Barnes & Noble while the coronavirus rages, Media Ink has learned. Barnes & Noble, which earlier this week said it was temporarily shutting 400 of its 620 stores due to the pandemic, is now telling magazine publishers to halt shipments of all magazines to its remaining stores. “It will probably be a bigger deal for smaller publishers who count on the money they get upfront from B&N,” said one industry veteran, who noted that big newsstand titles, like Hearst’s Cosmopolitan and Meredith’s People, are far more reliant on other retailers.
Bonnier Corp. has partnered with UK-based toy-maker Wow! Stuff to create a line of Popular Science-branded STEM toys, it was announced today by Elise Contarsy, Senior Vice President, Bonnier Consumer Products. The line will premiere at the International Toy Fair in New York in February 2020.
This STEM toy line includes items that leverage many different aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math, and will target boys and girls age 5 to 12. The products will offer unique perspectives on subjects such as gravity, color change, heat, light refraction, and more.
“Wow! Stuff is known for its creativity and innovation within the toy industry, and Popular Science is an authoritative and historic brand that is synonymous with making science accessible,” Contarsy says. “This is a perfect partnership to create engaging and educational products that will spur children’s interest in STEM learning.”
“Kids want fun and engaging toys, while parents appreciate the educational value of STEM. Creating products that will appeal equally to both is an exciting and important strategy for us,” Wow! Stuff CEO Richard North says. “We’re proud to partner with such a historic and well-known brand, and bring it to life with an exciting and innovative line of products.”