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While Print Books Are Making A Comeback, Magazines Aren't

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Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where you’ll find the best popular culture and science fiction stories on the internet assembled in one delightful package. This week: film stories, John Williams, Flash Gordon and b-movie titles.

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  • When you come right down to it, there’s not a whole lot in cinema that’s original. Here’s a look at how stories are recycled over and over. [The Atlantic]
  • How John Williams’ scores have become so iconic, and a brand in and of themselves. [New Yorker]
  • In 2016, books are likely going to be fine. That’s not the case for magazines. [Quartz]
  • Flash Gordon was a sensation: here’s the story behind the film and its impact. [Empire Online]
  • In order to appeal to a wide audience, B-movies had to rely on flair and design to get noticed. [Art of the Title]
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Maybe it’s not quite caught on in the US yet but at least in the UK there is a little bit of a push starting to take magazines back to an earlier model of collectible periodicals, rather than the disposable model which has since been over taken by the internet.

If you make a magazine more worth actually keeping (good design, higher print quality, less reactive content that’s going to be worth re-reading) people are more likely to buy it to start with.

Anorak (kids magazine)

Little White Lies (film magazine)