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 [...]

Nobody Cares About Magazines

By Joanna Cabot
January 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

GigaOM had a neat little story in today’s Morning Links which merits some further attention. The story discusses why ‘Spotify or Netflix for print content is probably doomed’ and Matthew Ingram has his to say: “Another big flaw with the “Netflix for magazines” model is [...]

Starlog available online via Internet Archive

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

Starlog, the very significant and much-missed science fiction magazine that ran from 1976 to 2009, has now been made available in full courtesy of the Magazine Rack section of the Internet Archive, which has put the entire run of issues up online, from its Star Trek-inspired inception to its [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Why tablet magazines aren’t getting better. Culture vs. Copyright

By Joanna Cabot
September 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK (Digital Book World) UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. *** Review: Culture vs Copyright (Indie Reader) CULTURE VS. COPYRIGHT is an intelligent, thoughtful and lively discussion of [...]

Review: Next Issue magazine subscription service

By Joanna Cabot
August 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

Next Issue which intrigued me. It offered a Netflix-esque model where you paid a fixed monthly fee and could access any title on the service. My last tablet magazine experience was Zinio, which I stopped using after some difficulties with the way they automatically renewed subscriptions. Since [...]

Why Subscription Services will be the way of the future

By Joanna Cabot
July 28, 2014 // 2 Comments

Two articles came my way this morning on the subject of subscription services—one on Next Issue, an all-you-can-read magazine service, and the other on Scholastic’s decision to close their eBook ‘store’ and replace it with a subscription-based web service. Neither of these [...]

Morning Roundup: Accidentally going digital. Libraries react to Kindle Unlimited

By Joanna Cabot
July 28, 2014 // 11 Comments

Accidentally Going Digital (Book Riot) I suppose this led to a gradual build-up of digital in my life, as books I really, really wanted to read were available, but only digitally. So what choice did I have? Lacking that choice meant more and more digital, and I suppose less and less thinking about [...]

Why coolness for writers is utterly beneath contempt

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

ShortList Magazine, a free giveaway glossy from the land of Cool Britannia which “has the biggest circulation of any men’s lifestyle magazine in Britain,” has shared with us its guide to “The 50 Coolest Authors of All Time.”  It begins: “Writing a runaway [...]

Morning Roundup: Crackdown on pirate textbooks. No more TV Guide Canada

By Joanna Cabot
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Authors Behaving Badly and Authors Who Aren’t (Joe Konrath) So a bunch of legacy authors–many of them smart and who should know better–just signed a letter accusing Amazon of things that simply make no sense. *** Global Crackdown on Pirate Textbooks Continue (GoodeReader) There is [...]

Morning Roundup: Scribd adds exlusive content from Connu. Wattpad to stay free forever and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Scribd Adds Exclusive Short Story Content From Start-up Connu (Digital Book World) We have confirmed through a Scribd spokesperson that part of the deal prevents Connu content from appearing on other ebook subscription services like rival Oyster. *** How Magazines Use Analytics to Refine Digital [...]

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, [...]

Morning Roundup: Marvel phasing out retail comics distribution. Starting a magazine in digital age and more

By Joanna Cabot
March 5, 2014 // 14 Comments

New Book Gives Tips on Starting a Magazine in the Digital Age (Media Shift) Starting a new magazine is no easy task in today’s competitive, complex media world, but a new book offers aspiring magazine entrepreneurs, students, and instructors a resource for the adventure. *** Marvel Phasing out [...]

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company’s view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for [...]

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 [...]

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