Overmatter: 30.05.14

Behind the scenes of the new Guardian iOS and Android apps, ‘The new app is the foundation for our future in apps – it’ll keep getting better.

Scotlands’ MagFest returns for a third year with excellent speakers including Andy Cowles and Peter Houston: Edinburgh, 5 September.

Start-a-mag and People of Print review this weeks Printout.

Talking of People of Print, they’ve been around a while but are getting busier and busier supporting printing and printers. Next up: a book.

Taint magazine is a new project by students from LCC and they’re Kickstarting the first issue – support them!

The homepage recedes and ‘Every URL is a potential starting point for readers’ according to the NYTimes’ director of news analytics.

Ex-editor Jane Friedman barely reins in the bitterness as she makes some strong points about the failings of print magazines.‘They can sit at the National Magazine Awards at a single table and congratulate themselves on the industry they’re preserving.’

Allscript have relaunched their Singapore-based magazine store with a good selection of your favourites.

And if you’re in London the magCulture pop-up shop will be open again at the Monocle Summer Fayre, June 14/15. We hope to relaunch our online shop the same time.

 

Overmatter: 15.04.14


The Guardian editor Alan Rushbridger celebrates the culture of his organisation as it wins Pulitzer prize; ‘newspapers made a fatal mistake… and jettisoned the stuff that seemed difficult and expensive.

PPA reconfigures its annual conference under the banner ‘Re_Invented 2014//’. Note the underscore and slashes. Perhaps most remarkably, the line-up reveals Jamie Callum is publishing his own magazine, The Eighty Eight, and it looks, gulp, quite intriguing.

Inside PopBitch and its iPad app plans; ‘Be nice, and if you can’t be nice, be funny.

Ideas on Paper is a fine-looking new magazine store in Nottingham; Stack interviews owner Alex Smith.

Kickstarter alert: The Holborn Magazine is another digital spin-off, promising the ‘best in design, apparel and craft.’ Support them!

Out soon: the new-look Boat magazine, issue seven Lima, Peru.

 

At Work With: Steve Watson, Stack Magazines


Five years ago Steve Watson (my partner in Printout) launched the Stack Magazines subscription service to help independent publishers find new readers for their magazines. Here he looks ahead at his week as he achieves his ambition to run the service as a full-time enterprise.

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At Work With: Tom Taylor, the Newspaper Club


We start this week with Tom Taylor, co-founder of and technical brains behind The Newspaper Club.
Already known for their small-run newsprint service, they have just announced a print-on-demand service, the Newsagent. Tom looks ahead at his week as they launch their own one-off publication, Things Our Friends Have Saved on the Internet, to promote and test the Newsagent.

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Overmatter: 11.02.13

This year’s Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ longlist includes several magazines – congratulations The Gourmand, A Magazine and Works That Work. Plus a special mention to Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ DIY book.

NSA scourge Glenn Greenwald’s new online publishing project The Intercept launches, Gigaom gets confused about whether it’s a magazine or not.

Adam Curtis interviewed; ‘We don’t read newspapers because the journalism’s boring.’

Seen the branded delivery vans driving round town? Net-a-Porter have just made ‘the biggest launch of a British fashion magazine for years’.

Kate Moss’s first photography shoot (behind the camera) for British Vogue.

The New York Times now has 760,000 paying digital customers, the resulting income offsetting print drop.

Nascapas presents a selection of recent inflight magazine covers – TAP Portugal’s Up is always worth a look.

Super Salon is a Polish online magazine shop.

 

Overmatter 26.01.14


Illustrator Quentin Blake will be talking about his work at the South Bank Centre, London, February 4.

Bloomberg Businessweek hold their second Design Conference in San Francisco, March 10. Speakers include Neville Brody, Ben Terrett (gov.uk) and BBW editor Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley.

A quick look at the debut issue of Carlos, from Spring 2003.

German blog Freund von Freunden launch Companion, a new magazine for 25h Hotel Bikini Berlin.

Following my look at The Pitchfork Review last week, The Observer reviews a selection of free music titles.

Sadly, Flamingo will no longer be published but they still have copies available online.

At Work With returns next week.

 

Overmatter 03 01 14


A quick catch up on news before we kick off the new year on Monday.

Among the many Best Of lists at the end of 2013, this one stood out for its generosity: Bloomberg Businessweeks’s jealousy list.

What Best Of lists, you say? Check Styleite’s mags of the year; Folio’s look at the US mainstream; It’s Nice That’s best publications; Stack’s indie mag of the year vote (disrupted by one mag’s campaign); Creative Bloq’s leftfield selection; Coverjunkie’s poll-winner. And in case you missed it, Andrew’s list for us.

Interview with Hello Mr founder, Ryan Fitzgibbon, ‘My confidence in the publishing industry lies with the newer titles that have accomplished a lot with very little.

Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse apparently quietly retired Christmas 2012.

Time Out axes gay section, symbol of the magazine’s alternative origins.

Mzin appears to be a rather fine German online magazine shop (thanks Michael).

 

Win a subscription to Stack!


Stack Magazines, the independent magazine subscription service run by my Printout partner Steve Watson, is celebrating its fifth birthday with a brand new website and five days of giveaways. Every day this week Steve’s giving a free year’s subscription to Stack; all you have to do is tweet the name of your favourite magazine of 2013 with the hashtag #StackUp. Today it’s our turn to round up some votes, so don’t forget to mention magCulture too!

The subscription-winning entry will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) morning, and the magazine with the best total vote from the week will be revealed next Monday.

 

Overmatter 17.12.13


How paywalls are paying off for publishers, according to Bloomberg Businessweek…

…and The Information is a new subs-based technology website testing exactly that…

…while Apple Newsstand is proving an obstacle to iPad magazine success – ‘The tablet magazine ship is sinking. fast.’

Must-read: Works That Work shares detailed financial statistics from its first year of publishing.

Steve at Stack Magazines has launched a shiny new website for the service.

 

Little White Lies pop-up shop


The Church of London
, publishers of Little White Lies and Huck, are marking the beginning of the festive season with a pop-up shop in the entrance to Old Street tube station, London. The shop will be open until December 3, selling copies of the magazines and prints as well as providing free (free!) coffee.

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