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Shelf life

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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. One subtle detail conveys their bid for permanence, a feature unnoticed until vertically aligned; the spine. Save from the title and issue number, you would think there was not much point adding much else to the half-centimetre chunk of space. It’s obviously not the make or...

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Luncheon

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Luncheon

I wasn’t ready for our third Luncheon. I’d barely digested the last, generous issue when the latest beauty turned up on Shrove Tuesday. Luncheon, if you haven’t got around to it, is a cultured conversation about art, photography, literature and other many nice things arranged around culinary props and served in the manner of courses in a formal luncheon. Its ambition, erudition and design execution put it some way in front of most competitors, but the magazine's elegant and delicately warped vintage aesthetic puts it at the top table for us. Number 3 arrives this time in two covers, both monochrome. You...

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We have issues

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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. The book can expect a brief shelf life but a range of factors mean that many will linger for longer. Nearly all magazines have a cruel, short existence regardless of publication frequency.  'We...

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A World of Magazines?

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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.  Along the way we’ve absorbed plenty of noteworthy facts about magazine publishing, marketing and distribution. We’ve begun to work out what sells...

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