The main thing to remember is that the society is producing much, much less spiritual food for the sheep these days
Printed vs Produced
Whatever it means, what a waste! Seriously how many people actually read these? Even when I was in I'd think to myself "do that many people really read the magazines?"
It would be interesting if they printed the number that were actually placed. Back in the early 90's when I was the service overseer, I noticed that the number of magazines that were reported as placed by publishers was only about half the number that were ordered by them. I mentioned to the circuit overseer and he told me that was about normal. So that means that only a little over half the magazines that the WT printed were ever placed. (Figuring the number that JWs got for themselves) I wonder what the percentage is today.