New Magazine Subscriptions: Part 2

In last month’s New Magazine Subscription: Part 1 we explored some fresh new titles hitting our magazine shelves, covering everything from dogs to military history. An eclectic mix of new titles keep coming! Here are several more subscriptions that have recently started at the Central Library and at branches.

Fantastic Man One of few men’s fashion magazines, Fantastic Man presents striking photography alongside interviews with influential men around the world. The Spring/Summer 2017 issue features film director Steve McQueen, photographer Collier Schorr, writer Édouard Louis, comedian Gad Elmaleh, actor Woody Harrelson, restauranteur Jeremy King, and photographer Tom Bianchi. If that’s not enough, you’ll find plenty of style inspiration (like these camping-inspired outfits).

Huck  I didn’t realize how much I was craving something a little different in my reading routine until I discovered Huck. With a mission to challenge and defy dominant narratives, Huck’s global journalists explore counterculture and subcultures left relatively untouched by other media. Take a look at the March/April 2017 issue for articles about an all-female London motorcycle collective, El Salvador graffiti, progressive porn, and the music of South Sudan’s youth. Also available at the Capitol Hill Branch. Continue reading “New Magazine Subscriptions: Part 2”

New Magazine Subscriptions: Part 1

We are excited to announce the start of several new print magazines subscriptions at the Central Library and at many branches! Thank you to all the patrons and staff who made suggestions over the last two years. You have helped our magazine collection remain current and a reflection of the many interests of our community. Here are some of Central Library’s most recent additions, with more to come in the near future:

City Dog Seattle famously contains more dogs than children, so it’s no wonder that our city also offers an excellent magazine for the pooch-loving city dweller. If that’s you, City Dog is an excellent local source for information on training, socialization, gear, wellness, and a variety of dog-related local events.

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There’s a new New Yorker waiting for me …

Most of the email I receive outside of work goes unopened. But not this one:

zinio email notificationI immediately click through to check out the newest edition of The New Yorker via Zinio, a service Seattle Public Library offers for free with a Library card. I open my iPad’s Zinio app, refresh my “library” — and there it is. Continue reading “There’s a new New Yorker waiting for me …”

Treasures of the Library: Old, Big Magazines

While perusing the magazine shelves at the Central Library one day, I came across some very large, very aged magazines we have in our collection that aren’t in publication anymore. I took a look. I was delighted with what I found inside. Each one is about  11 inches by 17 inches in size (they are in our “Oversize” magazine collection).

These are a few of the magazines I found very enticing:
The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper

Saturday, July 8, 1871

Full of beautiful illustrations, this was published in England and available (at the time) for sixpence halfpenny.
Apparel Arts
March, 1940

Published by Esquire Inc.

This men’s fashion magazine (featuring “authentic Esquire fashions”) has actual material swatches (shown here) that were meant to be chosen from for a man’s sports coat. Continue reading “Treasures of the Library: Old, Big Magazines”

20,000 Magazines at Your Fingertips

While an increasing number of magazines and newspapers have been succumbing to the economic downturn – either disappearing entirely or moving to online publication only—Google and some publishers are beginning to make the full content of magazine archives available online for free. A few of the magazines with substantial digital content and archives are Baseball Digest (1945-2007), Jet (1961-2008), New York Magazine (1968-1997), Popular Mechanics (1905-2005) and Popular Science (1872-2008). The Life Photo Archive offers millions of photos as well.

Koolhaasian Magazine Stack 2These are all wonderful resources, but in reality the number of magazines available for free online is still very small. Google, for example, offers about 150 different magazines, a tiny fraction of the more than 300,000 magazines currently in print or no longer being published. Most magazines still restrict access to their online content, either providing it only to subscribers, limiting access to only certain material or not making digital content available at all. How many times have you gone to a magazine’s website looking for a particular article, only to be met by a message telling you that “To read this article in full, please login or purchase a subscription?”

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