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Fine Books & Collections Returns to Print

Magazine to be Published Quarterly

February 1, 2010, Durham, NC. Fine Books & Collections magazine, which targets collectors of rare and collectible books, will return to a regular print schedule in April 2010.

The magazine had suspended its bi-monthly publication schedule in November 2008, but published an edition in Fall 2009. Based on very positive results, the publishers will return the magazine to print on a quarterly basis. The annual subscription price will be $25.

In announcing its plans, the magazine said it would continue its monthly e-letter online and its very popular blog. According to associate publisher Kim Draper, the web site has grown tremendously in the past year, having just topped 50,000 monthly visitors.

“We don’t hope to achieve as much readership in print, but we do think print has a certain charm and value that is impossible to obtain online,” says Draper. “It remains a conundrum why collectors of print love reading online, but we are delighted to be able to serve both needs.”

The online editor, Rebecca Rego Barry, will also serve as editor of the print edition. According to Barry, the content of the magazine will be a collection of some material used online as well as new features, columns, and resources that will not appear online. “We are intrigued with the idea of archiving some of our best online stories in a print format, but we will also be offering readers new content in each issue. It was a formula that worked very well for us with the edition we published last fall.”

The magazine said that it plans some operational changes to make publishing more affordable, most notably that it will not process any subscription without a valid email address. According to Draper, “When we looked at our operation, we realized that contacting people via the postal service was just too expensive. We plan to handle all renewals and communication efforts via email, so there’s really no point in having a subscriber with whom we can’t communicate.”

Writers in the upcoming print edition will include Nicholas Basbanes and Joel Silver, two stalwarts of the book collecting world. The magazine will continue its annual directory of booksellers started last fall that featured more than 700 book-related businesses, and it will add a feature called Biblio/360, an annual guide to classes, societies, fairs, and symposiums related to book collecting.

Fine Books & Collections was founded by bookseller P. Scott Brown in January 2003 as OP magazine. It changed name in September 2004 and adopted a color format. In November 2008, Brown returned to bookselling full-time, and the magazine suspended print publication until Fall 2009.

The magazine is published by Journalistic, Inc., a North Carolina–based media company.

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