Has anyone noticed how difficult it is to find family history magazines on the shelves in book shops, newsagents and the like? I subscribe to a couple of magazines, but like to pick up copies of the others if they have articles that are of particular interest.
Now that Borders Bookshops have disappeared from the High Street it seems that the only way to get copies of Family Tree, Practical Family History etc etc is to pay out for a subscription. Is this the beginning of the end for specialist magazines?
One recent innovation is “Discover My Past England” & “Discover My Past Scotland”. These magazines are subscription based and are delivered via the internet so that you have the option of printing off a copy or reading totally online. The subs for these magazines are £2.50 per copy or £7.00 for three issues. The publication monthly and is 40 pages in length and the preview of the first pages seemed to be of a good standard. However compared to “Who Do You Think You
Are”’ which is 98 pages for a cost of £4.99 I think “Discover My Past” is a trifle expensive, especially as they don’t have printing, transport and seller’s commission to include in the price. What do you think? The new Mad About Forum would be a good place to give your opinions on the pro’s and con’s of genealogy magazines.
I was at the London launch of the Apple ipad recently and after having had a good play with the device I can see that in the near future we may all be having our magazines delivered and read via such gadgets. However tempting as it was I left the store without purchasing, my pocket at that moment wasn’t full of up to £699.00 of loose change! Also I must say that the clapping and cheering by staff after each and every purchase was a major turnoff for me!!