About Magforum.comMagforum.com is about the past, present and future of magazines and publishing. The site was founded in 2001 by Tony Quinn (tony [at] magforum.com), who, from 1999, had published similar pages as Head of Watford School of Publishing at West Herts College. Previously, he had been a group editor at BBC Magazines / Redwood Publishing. He then returned to journalism on the Financial Times where he was a Chief Production Journalist dealing with print, web and iPad editions. In 2016, he left the FT to work as a freelance editor, writer and lecturer.
Recent projects, writing as Anthony Quinn:
- A History of British Magazine Design, 1840-2010, published by the V&A Museum in 2016 using the collection of the National Art Library.
- 'Magazines 1914-2000' in the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 7. This academic reference work came out in 2019.
- Kitchener Wants You: The Man, the Poster and the Legacy with Martyn Thatcher (published 2016, Uniform Press).
- developing a Fleet Street trail to rediscover and celebrate journalism and publishing.
Magforum has ISSN 1756-364X. It is classified by the academic librarians' websites BUBL as 070.5 (Dewey code for news media, journalism and publishing). Magforum is the recommended print media resource for students on media courses vetted by OCR – the UK's international qualification awarding body set up by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and the RSA.
The main source of information is actual copies of magazines, which are often supplied by publishers. Access to most of the pages is from this page or the home page.
There is an accompanying blog at: magforum.wordpress.com/
Information on Magforum.com is structured around the following pages:
Launches, news and events in the world of magazines:
- year-by-year events back to 1975.
Case studies covering types of magazines and individual titles:
- Women's weeklies : the sector hots up
- News magazines : from Topic to Monocle
- The European : from Maxwell to Barclays
- Not Private Eye : Maxwell libel case
- Men's mags history : from Men Only to Nuts
- Man About Town : seminal men's magazine
- Men's weeklies : Nuts and Zoo lads' magazines
- Men's mags A-Z: from 66 to Zoo
- Car magazines : 1993, a watershed
- Women's monthlies slicks and glossies : A-Z
- Teen magazines: from Honey to Smash Hits
- Celebrity magazines price war
- Women's magazine covers
- Cover secrets
Magazine industry structure and types of publishers:
- UK magazine industry with international figures
- Types of publishers;
- Consumer magazine publishers;
- Business and B2B magazine publishers;
- Customer and contract magazine publishers.
- Magforum blog: regular commentary
- Answers to questions
- Collecting magazines
- UK newspapers
- Timeline from 1731
- Book reviews
Profiles of specific magazine sectors
- Car magazines
- Computer magazines
- Extreme sports magazines
- Homes and interiors magazines
- Money & finance magazines
- Property magazines
- Travel & holiday magazines
- Yachting & boating magazines
Advertising on Magforum is accepted in the form of banners (£10-£30 per 1,000 impressions depending on the page), skyscrapers and smaller shapes. Please send an e-mail Tony Quinn (tony [at] magforum.com) for details.
Publishers, students and researchers will find lots of useful stuff on the FAQ page.
The Magforum website has been designed and built by Max Quinn.
The typeface used for copy text is Baskerville, originally designed in the eighteenth century by Birmingham printer John Baskerville.