Books about magazines

Resources organised in sections:
  • Books: listed alphabetically by author surname
  • Resources: magazines, libraries, etc
  • Book publishers
  • Links to websites on magazines and journalism (separate page)
  • Books

    • Abrahamson, David and Prior-Miller, MR
      The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research: The Future of the Magazine Form , Routledge, 2015
      Routledge has ben a prime mover in developing the field of magazine scholarship, as this book demonstrates. It sets out the developing field of magazine research and suggests avenues of future investigation. Each of 33 chapters surveys the past 20 years of scholarship in its subject area, identifying the major research themes, theoretical developments and interpretive breakthroughs
    • Breward, C and Wilcox, C (eds)
      The Ambassador Magazine: Promoting Post-War British Textiles and Fashion
      , V&A Publishing, 2015.
      The Ambassador has been described as 'probably the most daring and enterprising trade magazine ever conceived'. With the motto 'Export or Die!', the magazine was renowned for its innovative design and adventurous editorial approach in promoting British manufacturing in the post-war period
    • Caldwell, C and Zappaterra, Y
      Editorial Design: Digital and Print

      , Laurence King, 2014 (2nd edition)
      Practical work covering current and emerging digital formats, branding, how to create layouts, handling copy and images, design, and production skills and trends. With advice and opinions from contemporary designers
    • The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 7: The 20th century and beyond
      Andrew Nash, Claire Squires and Ian Willison (eds)
      Cambridge University Press
      This, the 7th volume in an academic series that goes back to the very founding of the concept of the book, is the first volume with a specific chapter on magazines. Publication date yet to be fixed, but probably 2016-17
    • Conboy, M and Steel, J
      The Routledge Companion to British Media History

      , Routledge, 2014
      With 50 chapters by international scholars, the book is divided into parts covering first of all Media History Debates and Media and Society, before exploring approaches to historicizing media futures for: Newspapers, Magazines, Radio, Film, Television and Digital Media
    • Dancyger, I.,
      A World of Women: An illustrated history of women's magazines 1700-1970
      ,
      Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1978
      Dancyger was a freelance journalist for magazines such as Woman and Women's Own. She paints a picture of 'widening, exciting and challenging women's magazine content' in a detailed work, complete with profiles of 15 prominent women writers and editors
    • Foges, C (ed)
      Magazine Design (Pro-graphics)
      Pro Graphics, 1999
      Based on interviews with David Hillman, Simon Esterson, Fenrando Gutierrez, Mark Porter, Srtephen Gan, Vince Frost and Roger Black, the book explores how designers use elements such as navigational devices, photography, illustration and typography to make a magazine understandable and attractive
    • Holmes, Tim
      Mapping the Magazine (Journalism Studies)
      Routledge, 2009
      Collection of original, scholarly, detailed and wide-ranging examinations of the magazine form. Drawing on a variety of theoretical approaches and a wealth of titles from around the world, the contributions explore the significance of the magazine to journalism and culture.
    • Jeremy Leslie
      MagCulture: New Magazine Design
      Laurence King, 2003
      Jeremy Leslie runs the Magculture consultancy and blog. His books and blog are essential reading for anyone interested in magazine design, particularly for independent magazines. He is a former group creative director at customer magazine publisher John Brown Citrus. He won Designer of the Year in Business & Professional Magazines in the 2004 PPA awards and Designer of the Year in the 2005 APA awards for M-Real.

    • Jeremy Leslie
      The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Age
      Laurence King, 2013
      Jeremy Leslie runs the Magculture consultancy and blog. His books and blog are essential reading for anyone interested in magazine design, particularly for independent magazines. He is a former group creative director at customer magazine publisher John Brown Citrus. He won Designer of the Year in Business & Professional Magazines in the 2004 PPA awards and Designer of the Year in the 2005 APA awards for M-Real.
    • Jenny McKay
      The Magazines Handbook: Third Edition (Media Practice)

      Routledge, 2000
      Comprehensive introduction to the magazine industry, covering its development and the roles and skills needed by journalists on magazines, from commissioning to writing to subbing and legal issues
    • McLean, Ruari
      Magazine Design

      OUP, 1969
      The first book on magazine design, by one of Britain's leading typographers (Penguin books, The Eagle, New Scientist, Motif)
    • William Owen
      Magazine Design

      Brown, 1991
      In three parts, Owen gives a historical perspective, with much of the focus on the US, contemporary editorial design and 'new magazine design' as DTP was becoming the prime production method for magazines.
    • Mike Perry
      Over & Over: A catalogue of hand-drawn patterns
      Princeton Architectural Press, 2008
      This book is difficult to put down. Perry has scoured the world to track down the work of 50-odd illustrators whose minutely-detailed, wallpaperish graphics have adorned the likes of Dazed & Confused and the New York Times Magazine. I - and several other people - have spent hours poring over my copy. No-one with an interest in the visual will be disappointed
    • Anthony Quinn
      A History of British Magazine Design
      V&A Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-1851777860
      This book has been a labour of love for me - and seven years in the making. It covers the period from 1842 - the year Punch and Illustrated London News appeared - to the present day. British Magazine Design is highly illustrated with 400 photographs of magazine covers and pages. Even if I say so myself, it is beautifully produced. Some pages can be seen in the V&A catalogue


    • Frances Quinn
      Law for Journalists ,
      Longman 2007
      Lots of examples of legal issues that arise in reporting - on magazines, newspapers and online - make this an accessible book. Also sections on testing your knowledge with each chapter
    • Steve Taylor & Neville Brody
      100 Years of Magazine Covers
      Black Dog Publishing, 2006
      Highly illustrated book divided into themed chapters, on fashion and women's magazines, photo-journalism, music magazines and underground publications. Individual covers are discussed as well as the importance of titles and publishing houses.
    • Thatcher, M, and Quinn, A
      Kitchener Wants You: The Man, the Poster and the Legacy ,
      Uniform, 2016
      Kitchener Wants You traces the way Alfred Leete's 1914 cover for London Opinion was adopted as the famous WWI recruiting poster and went on the become a global icon repeated every day all over the world. Illustrated with dozens of magazine covers and pages
    • John Wharton
      Managing Magazine Publishing ,
      Blueprint, 1992
      Out of print but very good on the publishing side. More trade-based than consumer magazines

    Resources

    • British Library has excellent sections on the history of newspapers, comics, and music and film magazines
    • National Art Library catalogue at the V&A Museum. Particularly good on design and fashion
    • St Bride's Printing Library traces the roots of printing and publishing back 500 years (William Caxton's apprentice Wynkyn de Worde was buried in St Bride's Church)
    • Media Week trade paper has searchable archive
    • Press Gazette weekly trade paper for journalists. Searchable archive
    • Folio: trade title for the US magazine industry

    Book publishers 

  • Focal Press photography/imaging, journalism, graphics, animation, the web and writing 
  • Laurence King design and typography
  • Routledge has become the leading publisher for academic works on journalism and media studies

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