Sunday 8 November 2009 - Filed under Books
I’ve always loved magazines. I used to regularly go down to Rich’s Cigar Store, gather up an armload of garden, home, fashion, work magazines, and head straight home for an afternoon of reading. I come from a family of magazine lovers, it’s not unusual when we get together for stacks of magazines to appear on the table, and everybody starts thumbing through them. In some respects, there’s no substitute for the actual turning of the page, but as the industry changes, and beloved magazines sometimes disappear, I’ve been watching the appearance of print magazines venturing into digital format with interest. I think there are still improvements to be made in order for browsing to be as fun as the print version, but it’s a start.
I’m happy to see Google Books show up with free archives of magazines scanned from cover to cover. The selection is limited right now, but I hope we’ll see more and more favorites showing up on their list. My best find in their inventory so far is Dwell, and the only dedicated gardening magazine is Organic Gardening. I’m on the lookout for new arrivals.
From some of the folks who worked on the departed Domino magazine, for those of us who’ve never gotten over that loss, Lonny magazine debuted with a fall edition of a new online magazine on October 1. They’re powered by a self publishing platform called Issuu, and while it’s not perfect, it’s the most fun to browse.
The one I was going to show until I changed my mind
I also got an offer through work for a free digital subscription to Garden Design magazine, which is a paid online subscription service through a service called Zinio. I’d like to show you what that’s like, but it’s clunky enough I lost my patience with my free subscription. While the other examples are giving you something you can’t get today (magazine archives, or content that’s only available online), I can’t figure out why you’d pay just as much money for a magazine that’s still in print, when trying just to look at it is painful and slow, and just not worth the hassle.
Two out of three though, are worth checking out.
Update: I just heard sad news that we’re losing another magazine, this time Metropolitan home. I sure hope we can count on their archives showing up.
2009-11-08 » megan