Exact Editions are pleased to announce the launch of two new titles in it’s shop: Fence Magazine and Foam Magazine.
Fence Magazine is launching a state-of-the-art digital archive which dates back to the title’s very first issue. First conceived by Rebecca Wolff in 1998, each biannual issue of Fence pulls together an eclectic selection of poetry, fiction, art and criticism, seeking to shed light on literature that goes against the mainstream.
Foam Magazine is an international photography magazine published three times a year around a specific theme. The magazine serves as a platform for all kinds of photography: from documentary to fashion and contemporary to historic.
Foam Magazine has been awarded several prizes for both its high-grade graphic design and the quality of its content. Most recently, Foam Magazine was awarded Photography Magazine of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2017.
Exact Editions has had a busy month, launching three new digital magazine archives, which are all fully available to subscribers: The Biologist, Kew Magazine, and Jewish Renaissance. Here is a bit about our newest archives…
The Biologist is an award-winning magazine focusing on all things bioscience, and published six times a year by the Royal Society of Biology.
It covers the extraordinary and diverse world of the biological sciences since 1953, featuring interviews with high-profile scientists, news and views on cutting-edge biology, and contributions from the RSB’s network of 17,000 professional and student bioscientists. Alongside striking images from biology research and the natural world, each issue also includes updates from the RSB science policy team and a guide to the best biological museum exhibits around the world.
Digital subscribers will gain access to six issues a year and nearly 40 back issues dating back to 2012. You can buy a subscription to The Biologist here.
Kew Magazine is another publication which explores the natural world. Founded in 1991, and now published 3 times a year, Kew pulls together a mix of articles about the world famous gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.
Each issue of the membership magazine brings readers features that focus on plants and the people who work with them, covering a wide range of subjects such as horticulture, education, conservation, art and history. The high-quality editorial and contribution of talented photographers render the beautiful magazine a well-respected ambassador for the Royal Botanic Gardens. You can buy a subscription to Kew Magazine here.
Jewish Renaissance is the latest archive to launch on the Exact Editions platform. Founded in 2001, and published quarterly, Jewish Renaissance extends knowledge of Jewish culture in all its diversity, in a lively and engaging way. This beautifully designed and illustrated magazine has launched its digital archive which includes more than 60 issues.
Jewish Renaissance’s most popular features are its unique surveys of different Jewish communities around the world, now called the Passport series. Extensive research and access to the skills of local historians, writers and photographers brings the past and present of these communities vividly to life.
The magazine also has highly regarded reviews and interviews on books, film, theatre, art and music. Its regular Sephardi section, launched three years ago, is also a unique feature looking at the world through the eyes of a part of the Jewish community that has within itself an enormously rich and diverse history.
You can now purchase all three magazines, complete with their full archives, from the Exact Editions shop. Click here to visit!
PN Review launches through Exact Editions its unique digital archive – almost half a century of world poetry, interviews, reviews and features about modern poetry: ‘The most engaged, challenging and serious-minded of all the UK’s poetry magazines’ (Simon Armitage).
The archive includes the major practitioners of the age from Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn and Seamus Heaney to John Ashbery, Les Murray and Eavan Boland, and many new arrivals. PN Review ‘discovered’ and first published ample selections of Andrew Motion, Sujata Bhatt, Sinead Morrissey and Kei Miller, Tara Bergin and Vahni Capildeo. It is the major British poetry journal of our time, with a strong international focus, alert to the opportunities and threats facing the art and the reader today.
Digital subscribers have unlimited access to this astonishing resource dating back to 1972, with hundreds of interviews and features. It is a map of modern poetry and at the same time a compelling history.
As a digital subscriber to PN Review, you have unlimited access to the full archive. Explore today.
A selection of Opera back issues.
This year brings us the first International Digital Preservation Day — a celebration of materials preserved by digital conservation. Exact Editions aims to mark the day by exhibiting notable pages from 12 of their most ambitious archive projects. Explore original writings by young American novelists in a 1979 issue of Granta, or view the world through a lens of pre-war wanderlust, in the first ever issue of Geographical (1935). These back issues are wonderfully preserved, simulating the original print format, including original advertisements, covers, and yet the aim of Exact Editions extends beyond preservation. Their platform is refined, providing auxiliary benefits for users and researchers alike, including comprehensive search functions, and social media integration, as well as the opportunity for publishers to host pictures and videos alongside their magazines.
So how are these digital archives created? The Exact Editions Production team works with both publishing and scanning partners to bring archives to fruition; the first step — to assess how many print back issues will need to be scanned. Exact Editions currently works with two scanning partners: Cleardata Document Scanning Services, for destructible scanning projects (i.e. print issues that can be cut down the spine), and The British Library for publications that need to remain intact, or as a resource to find otherwise extinct back issues. For example, the scanning of Creative Review, a recent project launched earlier this year, was conducted entirely by the British Library, and most of its back issues sourced within the library itself.
A selection of Creative Review back issues.
Once Exact Editions has received the scanned files for a particular archive, the Production team undergoes an extensive process of quality control. This involves ensuring that the pagination of each issue is correct, that pages are cropped and all advertisements and covers, including back covers, are present — Exact Editions likes to replicate the original print format wherever possible. The Production department also ensures that all files are fully OCR’d (i.e. the text recognised) so that the archive will lend itself to advanced search tools and linking facilities. Once uploaded to our platform, the Production team processes each issue individually, ensuring that contents pages are linked, and arranging the issues chronologically.
When it comes to launching an archive, Exact Editions organises an integrated digital push, comprised of several key promotional activities. These include an initial press release, distributed to an extensive list of contacts within the publishing community, as well as a push through social media channels, aimed at both the consumer and library markets. Exact Editions also provides a marketing resource pack for publishers, including promotional images, and demo video, as well as offering copywriting advice for publisher websites, newsletters or email marketing. The Marketing team later initiates a comprehensive email marketing campaign, in order to drive up subscriptions, and generate sales for the publisher.
From its print conception, to digital launch, the Exact Editions team ensures that a magazine’s archive is preserved to the highest standard, meeting the demand, particularly in the library market, for digital historical content. Exact Editions is a unique company, it’s aims twofold: to preserve the original “look” and format of a magazine’s archive, and to improve a user’s reading experience with advanced digital features. It is in this vein that Exact Editions celebrates Digital Preservation Day 2017.