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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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