The Atavist ditches its e-reading app in favor of the web

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember The Atavist? Let me refresh your memory. In January 2011, they started seeking a paying audience for long-form journalism, via Kindle Singles and, soon, their own e-reader apps with in-app purchases. (At the time, I was dubious anyone would care to pay $3 for a single article.) We reposted [...]

Rocket Stack Rank reviews, promotes SF magazine stories

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Looking for something good to read? Check out Rocket Stack Rank. After observing the uproar over the current year’s Hugo Awards, Gregory Hullender and his husband have created a web site to list and review the short fiction available month by month in the three major professional science fiction [...]

Esquire archives versus EBSCO magazine indexes

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

A lot of magazines host subscription-service archives of old content, so it’s not an especially new idea, but nonetheless it can be interesting to see a new spin on it. The Wall Street Journal reports that Esquire has just completed a searchable online archive of 1,000 issues of content over 82 [...]

Uber could put seatback touchscreens in its cars

By Chris Meadows
September 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Uber started out as essentially a private taxi service, with a nifty mobile app that took all the guesswork out of waiting for your taxi to arrive. But it seems to want to be more than that. The company suggests to its drivers that they offer passengers any and all amenities that they possibly can, [...]

The decline of short-form content and the rise of niche hobbies

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Are people losing patience with lists and slideshows? Issuu CEO Joe Hyrkin thinks so, in a piece he wrote for Re/Code. Hyrkin notes that this sort of quick-bite short-form content has exploded on the Internet in recent years, because people like lists and they’re so easy to advertise on. But [...]

‘Cli-Fi’ takes over Matter’s current issue

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dan Bloom has written a number of articles for TeleRead talking about the new sub-genre of “Cli-Fi”—science-fiction specifically revolving around climate change issues. It’s been interesting to watch the idea develop. Just now an email from’s “Matter” e-magazine landed in [...]

Weirdbook Magazine relaunches

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Weirdbook Magazine, one of the more celebrated and imaginative titles of the science fiction New Wave and modern-day resurrection of weird fiction, is now relaunching, with what claims to be Issue #31 – albeit after a very long hiatus. As explained in Michael Ashley’s Gateways to [...]

Magazine publishers unhappy with Apple Newsstand

By Chris Meadows
October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digital magazines for tablets have long had a number of problems, not the least of which being that it’s considerably easier for people to make their own “magazines” via RSS readers or other content aggregators such as Flipboard. But Digiday reports that magazine publishers are finding [...]

Changes in magazine layout: print to digital

By Dan Bloom
May 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

When TIME magazine ran a summer movie preview feature in a recent issue, looking at three eco-disaster movies set release soon, two from America and one from South Korea — “Godzilla,” “Into the Storm” and “Snowpiercer” — its editorial and design team [...]

British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

My friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, [...]

Supernatural Tales runs limited-time offer of free downloads

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK horror and dark fiction magazine Supernatural Tales is holding a very limited-time offer for free PDF downloads of back issues, some nine in all, via its usual publication platform, “Issues from ST#17 onward will be available there indefinitely,” states the publisher and [...]

Climate change skeptic journal closed: Just cause?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

With standards and practices in academic journal publishing much under debate lately, an incident where a scientific journal is closed by its publisher on the grounds of content is going to attract some attention, especially when the journal has affiliations to a controversial area like climate [...]

Oxygen and Clean Eating Magazine to Rise Again

By Joanna Cabot
September 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

I wrote in June about the closure of CANUSA, the parent company of the magazines [easyazon-link asin=”B0078XPR46″ locale=”us”]Oxygen[/easyazon-link] and Clean Eating. At the time, then-owner Tosca Reno attributed the closure to changes in the industry and to the death of [...]

SF writer Paul Cook warns of science fiction’s infection by girl cooties

By Chris Meadows
September 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Okay, I know I’m feeding the troll here, and I feel bad about that, but I do feel it’s worth calling attention to this level of complete stupidity when I see it. Patrick Nielsen Hayden had this to say about the subject of my rant: “It’s rare that one gets to see somebody being a complete [...]

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