Posts Tagged ‘trade magazines’

Magazines at the Art Book Fair

July 29, 2018

Indie magazines venue: Whitechapel Gallery and Passmore Edwards Library building next door

This year’s London Art Book Fair is running a section for indie magazines. Tables cost £75 and there will be a chance for exhibitors to make 30-minute presentations. The deadline for stand applications at the event, on  6-9 September, at The Whitechapel Gallery is this Friday, 3 August.

The gallery has a strong, but not immediately obvious, link with magazine history.

The picture shows the Art Nouveau Whitechapel Gallery (1902) with the Jacobethan-style Passmore Edwards Library (1892) and Aldgate East Tube station entrance next door (added in 1937). While Andrew Carnegie’s libraries and philanthropy are well known, John Passmore Edwards is relatively obscure, but he also paid for dozens of libraries and other buildings, including the Whitechapel Gallery itself. The library closed eight years ago and the building was taken over by the gallery.

Masthead titles: John Passmore Edwards made a fortune from Building News

John Passmore Edwards made a fortune from Building News

Unlike Carnegie, Passmore Edwards was not the richest made in the world, but he made a fortune from the weekly trade magazine Building News. He used this to buy The Echo, a London newspaper, in 1876, and become MP for Salisbury. Passmore Edwards formed a partnership with Carnegie to publish The Echo, though they fell out and the paper closed in the early 1900s. Building News carried on until 1926, when it was taken over by The Architect.

The editor of Building News, Maurice Adams, was himself an architect and worked on several projects for Passmore Edwards. He published some of his own designs in the magazine, also wrote books, such as Modern Cottage Architecture (1912).

The Building News title has since been revived by McDermott Publishing in Birmingham.

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To see almost 500 magazine covers and pages, look out for my book, A History of British Magazine Design, from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design

 

 


 

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McGraw Hill linked to Reed Elsevier sale

July 20, 2008
New Scientist is one of hundreds of Reed titles up for sale

New Scientist is one of hundreds of Reed titles up for sale

Bidders look to be lining up for Reed Business Information, Reed Elsevier’s trade magazine arm, which is valued at £1.25bn. The Sunday Telegraph has two dozen companies expressing an interest. They include US publisher McGraw Hill and private equity firms Bain and TPG.

Reed, which wants to reduce its dependence on advertising revenue, is offering to lend £160m to the successful bidder for the publisher of New Scientist, Variety and Flight International.

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Reed to sell business titles

February 21, 2008

Reed Elsevier – once the owner of IPC magazine with titles such as Woman’s Own and Loaded and the publisher of Winnie the Pooh – is to hone its strategy even more to concentrate on online media, says the FT.

It aims to reduce its exposure to print and advertising based products by selling Reed Business Information, whose magazines include New Scientist, Variety and Farmers Weekly. The business division depends on advertising for the majority of its revenues and online sales are only 30 per cent of revenues. In turn, it is spending £2 billion on ChoicePoint, a data provider.

In an analysis piece, the FT identifies several potential buyers for Reed’s New Scientist to Farmers Weekly division: Informa of the UK; Apax, the private equity group that has invested in Incisive and Emap; Veronis Suhler Stevenson, which yesterday bought Clarion Events; and private equity-backed competitors such as Nielsen and Springer. The going price is likely to be over £1 billion.