To many, it might seem print media is a floundering form. Dozens of books are snugly stored on Kindles and iPads. Publications are shifting to the worldwide web where the production costs are low.
For romantics like myself and Stephanie though, you can’t beat the tangibility of a physical copy. I get lost wandering through aisles in bookstores. I love to crack open a fresh book, to see the spine get worn in and the pages dogeared. I actually prefer secondhand copies. Books have so much character once they’ve passed through the hands of another. I’ve snagged an early edition Steinbeck in a Value Village. I’ve found books with notes to their former owners. There’s an antiquity there that a history buff like myself can’t help but adore. And is there anything sexier than a stacked bookshelf? (Well, lots of things yes; but a full shelf is positively seductive.)
Steph and I aren’t the only romantics who will pay good money to fill our homes with bound pages. A dedicated fanbase keep beautiful magazines across the globe afloat. After picking up Extra Curricular, one such beautiful mag, I was inspired to list a few peachy keen print publications.
- Extra Curricular. “Extra Curricular is about folks who get creative with their spare time.” This publication is based out of Aukland, New Zealand. Their flora & fauna issue is everything I want my life to be: full of cake, perfumes, and of course, plants aplenty. Their print runs are limited (I have number 486 of 1,000 issues), but they’re well-worth getting your hands on.
- Darling. “Darling is more than just a print magazine, it’s a wise guide to ‘the art of being a woman.’ Quarterly women’s magazine with a ‘no-retouching” policy.’” Darling seeks to empower women with diverse, unedited ladies gracing their pages.
- Frankie. “frankie is a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are.” Frankie is fun and colourful, full of unexpected images.
- Hayo. “Hayo is a coffee-table style magazine with a focus on travel, culture and curiosity, and a strong interest in arts and photography.” Hayo is, again, visually stunning and well-designed. It inspires readers to explore.
- Kinfolk. “Kinfolk is a slow lifestyle magazine published by Ouur to explore ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.” Steph waits impatiently for the next issue, and hurries to the store to get her copy. It’s no surprise either: it’s a striking magazine with beautiful photography and design.
It’s true the costs of print aren’t low. Publishing generally requires either significant ad revenue or paying customers. But beautiful, well-designed magazines like these prove fans will shell out money for their print fix.
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