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.


January 23, 2013

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Foyles sells magazines

I popped into Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road this morning. As well as being a really well-stocked bookstore they also sell magazines – check out the window above (click image to enlarge it).

They’re also in the process of renovating the old St. Martins art college building next door for a move next year. Great to see a store investing in retail space. And worth a visit for the mags.


Overmatter 21.01.13

Anikibo is a new peer-to-peer online magazine store. Think Etsy for mags.

Weekly advertising news mag Campaign cuts cost by dropping large format.

American Society of Magazine Editors squabbling over awards category changes.

Digital world turns against skeuomorphism. Hurrah!


Overmatter 18.01.13

SPD celebrate the imminent arrival of a US edition of Anorak.

Fashion mag does fashion story based on natural disaster. Zzzzz.

An archive of French Vogue covers, via the kings of the archive front cover, Newmanology.

Following initial scorn, Rolling Stone succumbs to the iPad app.

How to solve the problem of magazine subscriptions – compete at service with Amazon and John Lewis, not other publishers.


December 13, 2012

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Stack Christmas offer to magCulture readers

Looks like a stack of magazines there, and that’s exactly what you’ll have if you take out a subscription to Stack. Receive a different independent magazine every month, along with notes from founder (and my Printout! co-conspirator) Steve Watson.

Buy a sub now and use the code ‘MagCulture’ (subtle, eh?) to get a seasonal 10% reduction. The perfect gift! Note also their newly reduced US prices.

Subscribe here.


Overmatter 29.10.12

NYTimes takes a look at Manhattans’s ‘last king of print’, Mohammed Ahmed of store Casa Magazines.

UK Wired points to the future of print – events, retail, consultancy.

SPD has a fantastic series of Herb Lubalin retrospectives online.

Literary magazine Five Dials releases a vinyl record edition featuring ‘a 10-inch dub remix of a Hollis Hampton-Jones novel.’ (thanks Andrew).

CRBlog reveals the new illustrated issue of UK Wired.


Who says print is dead?

In today’s Guardian G2 section, Mark Hooper asks, ‘Is the internet really killing print publishing – or could it prove to be its unlikely saviour, with niche magazines thriving in the digital era?’ A familiar narrative for magCulture readers, but great to see it expressed so forthrightly in a daily newspaper.


Upcoming events

A few pieces of magCulture news to share.

First, our shop at The Church of London offices in Shoreditch returns next week, this time on a permanent basis. It’ll feature eight of our favourite magazines at any one time, with an ever-changing line-up. The shop space has been completely redesigned, and acts as the entrance to TCoL’s impressive new Gallery 71a exhibition/event space. It’ll be open (cash only) Mon–Sat, 10am–53-pm from Wednesday 6 June (meanwhile our online shop remains open too).
71a Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS

Second, we’re proud to be participating in Edinburgh’s MagFest this August. Andrew and I are compiling a list of 40 of our favourite magazines for an exhibition that’ll be open 26–27 August alongside the conference organised by PPA Scotland. The magazines will be displayed in the spectacular glass opening hall of the Our Dynamic Earth museum. We’ll also be taking part in a workshop with local designers on Sunday 26. Among the many speakers froma cross the industry, Andrew will be addressing the future of publishing on Monday 27.

Thirdly, keep July 24 clear for the next Printout! Details to follow.

Lastly, if you’re going to Utrecht this week for National Cover Day I’ll see you there.


December 1, 2011

Magazine stores

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magCulture shop news

Today the small but perfectly formed magCulture pop-up shop opens in the entrance space to the Church of London offices in London. There’ll be some lovely magazines ready for you to carry away – take a look at our online store to see what we’ll be selling. There’ll be a few extras available today too. Bring cash!

10am–530pm week days through December, The Church of London, 71A Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS