Not sure why this is the case but I see a profound difference in the content of magazines between Canada, U.S. and the U.K.
I typically read 20 or more magazines each month. Magazines focused on recording, cycling, photography, technology, golf, and audio. In each area, the U.K. magazines are far more comprehensive in content.
Take photography as an example. A new Canadian magazine on outdoor photography was just launched, Outdoor Photography Canada. A typically Canadian production: sparse content, limited advertising and inexpensive paper stock. Even the website design is a bit iffy. The U.S. magazines, like Popular Photography, Shutterbug and Outdoor Photographer, are better in content and production, yet very heavy on ads.
The U.K. magazines, like Digital Camera and Practical Photography, present a high ad content but the editorial content is substantially richer. Their magazines offer significantly more print pages, comprehensive articles and reviews, and substantive coverage of topics.
Does this imply a different focus on literacy between the three countries?