Anderson News, the mega magazine wholesaler with over 40,000 outlets, announced on Saturday it was suspending business activity. Three weeks ago the company, along with fellow distributor Source Interlink, demanded a 7¢ surcharge each per copy of magazines from publishers; many publishers refused to pay and stopped shipping product, leaving the distributor with “no recourse but to suspend operations.”
Charlie Anderson, CEO, said in a press release the company is still working “toward an amicable solution” with publishers. Anderson News and Source Interlink together account for about 50% of magazine distribution in the US; according to PW, Source Interlink was rumored last week to be in trouble also.
This may affect the availability of SF/F magazines at some locations — many can be ordered directly from the publishers or found at bookstores (if you can’t find copies at your local bookstore, request the title from the bookseller).