There’s been some resonant coverage in the national newspapers recently about print publications. The Guardian posted a gallery of beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn’t dead and considers the resurrection of the magazine in the digital age:
These magazines are…a result of the possibilities offered by the new technology that was supposed to kill print culture – they sell and distribute online, they crowdfund, they invent their own business models on the hoof.
We’re really proud to have been involved in some such crowd-funded and community-driven projects like The Peckham Peculiar, My Favo(u)rite Magazine and Revealing Craft (to name just a recent few) – all of which have used the intersection of physical and digital to create something quite special. Print succeeds today in novel and unexpected ways, evidenced by exciting (and now full-time!) enterprises like Stack Magazines, a brilliant subscription service that posts you a different independent magazine every month. Buying a magazine or newspaper isn’t just about getting the news, it’s also a chance to experiment and discover something new – a way of bringing people and ideas together and creating something to be turned over and read again, not thrown away at the end of the day.
Not driven by celebrity or publicists’ schedules, the curated storytelling, often around a single theme, is closer to the storytelling of novels – they’re narrative journeys of ideas, pictures and activities…they offer the pleasures and possibilities of getting lost.
We’ve seen all sorts of orders go though the presses since we started Newspaper Club, and still so many surprise us. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens as we continue to develop the The Newsagent to help you find, and get lost in, some really brilliant newspapers.