I’m currently anxiously awaiting my first order of print copies of Spinebind Magazine! (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click the hyperlink). Initially it was going to be a purely online magazine, set up as a kind of flip-book format to view in the browser, as well as a downloadable PDF. As the release date drew nearer, however, I started getting emails asking me if there was any way I could do a print run. Well, of course there was a way.
I had to completely change the design software, and therefore basically started from scratch. As a writer, I should know by now that first drafts are always awful. The second time I designed it, it looked so much more professional, and I was extremely thankful for having to start over.
When I talked to some friends about putting the magazine into print, many of them reacted in the same way – “That’s so exciting! It’ll be so much more real.” It was refreshing to see that in this age of screens and virtual reality, physical reality in the form of a book or magazine is still highly regarded.
Another common response was that it would be a lot more credible if it were in print. This got me thinking about the connotations of actual ink on actual paper. There’s something about the “product” passing through people’s hands to be created, packed, and shipped that adds an air of sophistication and importance.
Spinebind will still be available to view for free on the website because my main goal is to get as many people to see the work inside as possible, but it is also going to be something that can sit on a bookshelf, or a coffee table, or a waiting room. It’s something that can be shared while sitting down for coffee, not only by sharing a link, and it would still be around if the internet stopped working.
I understand that there’s an environmental issue with printing on paper and am definitely going to look into recycled and sustainable printing in the future, but for now I don’t expect many copies to be printed. I don’t even know how the future of the magazine is going to look, but for now I’m happy doing it as a hobby, beside my studies.
Most people will probably still view the magazine online, and that’s totally fine. I just found it really uplifting that, as a young generation, we are still very much grounded in the physical world, and haven’t lost the use of our senses other than sight. Smell, touch, and sound are all senses that are engaged when I pick up a book or a magazine.
I will definitely write a post on the arrival of the first order, and on my experience with self-publishing a magazine in the near future.
Thank you so much for coming along for the ride,