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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Overmatter 27.11.13

CBS creative director Jeremy le Croix offers his Favo(u)rite Magazine for SPD.

Magazine-in-a-frisbee Freestyle has a new website.

Leeds-based Village have opened a web store with a fine selection of magazines (thanks Rhys).

Five favourite magazines I selected for De Groene Amsterdammer when in Amsterdam last week (Dutch-language).

Steve’s latest Two Minute video review takes a look at The Plant.


Overmatter 19.11.13

The power of editorial design: ‘Magazine covers help people understand the world better.’

The power of editorial photography: see last weeks edition of French newspaper Libération, published with all images deleted.

Adbusters publishes a box-set of its last five ‘Epic Human’ issues.

‘The disconnect between how the glossy mags choose to fill their pages and how British women actually spend their money suggests that traditional publishers are out of touch with their readership.’

Magasin is a new Hamburg-based online magazine shop. Welcome to the fray!

i–D starts to benefit from new owner Vice Media, launching a satisfying new website that feels right on brand.

Talking of Vice, ‘

New York magazine spots young people making magazines instead of websites. Great selection of indies, but surely they mean as well as?

In Amsterdam? I’ll be at Atheneaum this Thursday evening talking to Xandra Schutte about The Modern Magazine.


Overmatter 07.11 13

The New York Times interviews Mohammed Ahmed, manager of the wonderful Casa Magazines store in NY, ‘Even if only one person wants it, I can put it on the shelf, and people will see it and buy it.

Great to see Hot Rum Cow feature in both the PPA Independent Publisher Awards and Scotland Magazine Awards shortlists. Should be some after party!

Ten digital x print myths debunked by Mario Garcia.

Vanity Fair Italia celebrates its tenth anniversary with a whopping great 508 pages.

Stack interviews Paul Kominek, editor of Travel Almanac.

Algorithmic newspaper The Long Good Read trialed by The Guardian and Newspaper Club.

SPD takes a look at new FI magazine Lollipop. Love that masthead!

In Berlin? Don’t forget I’m talking with Kati Krause about The Modern Magazine this evening at The Reading Room.


Overmatter 11.09.13

Hearst UK CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine comes out in favour of quality over quantity, ‘I’d rather have an ABC decrease because we are publishing at capacity of selling good magazines, with a solid type of readership, rather than bulk or pricing push.’

French magazine Lui, France’s answer to Playboy, returns (thanks Mike).

Slate rails against ‘Snowfall’ and its descendants (What is Snowfall?).

The Evening Edition presents an online bite-size news overview written locally by actual journalists.

London and Manchester’s Magma magazine and book store owner falls out with Offscreen publisher over unpaid bills. A depressing spectacle that highlights the narrow margins in independent publishing.


Overmatter 02.07.13

Great idea: disused newsstands in New York and LA have been taken over to sell zines this summer. Until July 20 (thanks Ralph).

The best interviews from ‘Magazine for Architectural Entertainment’ Pin-Up are collected in a new book (thanks Andrew).

‘Readers take control in the new age of print.’ warns The Guardian.

Rob Longworth, one of the creative directors at Human After All, interviewed by Industry Faces about their ‘Curious Iconic Craft’ book.

Newspaper of the month at the Newspaper Club is Tomorrow’s Chip Paper, another new food publication.

The Observer looks back at 90s Riot Grrrl zines.


Overmatter 11.04.13

Vanity Fair looks back at Holiday magazine.

More on the Wired anniversary – the start-up of the magazine, as told by its founders Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto.

Which seems a good reason to re-link to the inside story of the original mid-nineties UK edition of Wired.

The New Yorker comes face-to-face with Vice.

In New York next week? Hear Spy magazine co-founder Kurt Anderson talk about the magazine, Tuesday 16.

Papier Bazaar is a pop-up magazine store at the Nottingham branch of Waterstones next week (19-21 April). Plenty of magCulture favourites available.


You the distributor

As the traditional newsstand environment deteriorates – have you been to a high street branch of WHSmith recently? – publishers are looking for new ways to communicate with readers and sellers. Here’s a cute idea from one new magazine, attempting to build on the community and shared passion that can develop around a magazine.

The magazine, Work That Works, is very interesting and will be reviewed here soon.