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Would you pay £25 for a magazine?

As we head to the end of the first month of the new year I think I’ve now read enough reflection on the past one – all that ‘best of 2018’ stuff, the various lists and all the expert predictions for what’s ahead. It used to be mostly editorial filler but the staggering proliferation of new media channels means there’s now a surplus of opinion on just about everything. I therefore limit myself to a few trusted authorities on music and the tiny handful of sage observers who regularly update us about print stuff. When it comes to magazines it seems there’s much useful discussion about design and subject matter, but it’s essentially always rattling around the same corridors. It would nice if someone opened the door marked ‘What magazine buyers think’.

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Daniel McCabe

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The Stack Awards 2017

The 2017 Stack Awards were dished out in London last evening. I hadn’t attended previously but this third occasion was described by host and Stack founder Steven Watson as the largest scale event yet – an upsized venue (The Queen of Hoxton) and a much swelled audience (more than 200 creators, generously plied with complimentary refreshments, at least until I left) and, most significantly, a record number of entries across the award’s eleven categories.

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Daniel McCabe

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Thoughts on Analogue

We had a short city break in Bordeaux recently. I like to drink decent wine, and if you visit Bordeaux you’ll be encouraged to head to the City of Wine, which we duly did. This is a new flagship museum where visitors are issued with headphones to queue for long periods in order to press buttons to see, hear or somehow interact with various installations designed to educate them about wine. The City of Wine is expensive and time-intensive, yet after an hour we’d had enough.

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Daniel McCabe

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Interview with a Stranger

It is not very often someone will ask the question, ‘Tell me about yourself’, without the intimidating scenario of a job interview or meeting your new partner’s parents for the first time. The humble interview asks this repeatedly for your own perusal, until a flock of voices have descended and you can have your pick of who to listen to. It’s a powerful and influential thing, and that’s why it’s a staple to the magazine.

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Libby Borton

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The Scandal of Our Times

We celebrated The Scandal of Our Times at Magalleria this week. It's a photo book, and the scandal refers to the inequalities in healthcare in the UK. We’re much healthier than we used to be, but levels of wellbeing and life expectancy in the population are unacceptably variable. The Scandal of Our Times is published by photographer Will Ruff and it’s named after the subtitle of Professor Danny Dorling’s book Unequal Health.

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Daniel McCabe

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In a Crowded Room: Catching the Eye of a Cover Girl

I would hope most people have had a moment of seeing a stranger and getting a good feeling. It might be their style, their action, the way they speak, or something so intangible it just presents itself as a feeling. There's a shadow of familiarity in them. You might be brave enough to catch their eye; you want to see if they're worth reading ...

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Libby Borton

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Shelf Life

There aren’t many magazines out there who get the honour of being shelved. Most mass-produced glossy mags slip from fingertips to recycle bin as soon as the small ads are reached at the back. A magazine doesn’t have to live such a life, and it’s starting to begin to not be designed that way.

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Libby Borton

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We have issues

Even as relative new entrants to the magazine trade we quickly noticed the amount of wastage built into the operating system. You may or may not know that the majority of unsold magazines are pulped by larger distributors. Coming from the book trade I was aware of the lifespan of an ordinary book in the average bookshop, but the cyclical culling of magazines is something else altogether ...

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Daniel McCabe

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A World of Magazines

Magalleria opened in Broad Street in Bath in 2015 selling so-called ‘trendy magazines’. We prefer to unpack that description a little more accurately as ‘fine, independent and specialist magazines’. These are 99% our sole focus. In a relatively short period of time we’ve sourced and homed a truly vast range of titles from around the world. In doing so we’ve had to manage wave after wave of new entrants and rejuvenated old-timers so we couldn’t, frankly, help it ...

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Daniel McCabe