Lenswork Magazine no longer on newstands

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Lenswork Magazine no longer on newstands

Post by Nando on Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:25 pm

Lenswork Magazine, the best photography magazine in the world, will no longer be sold on newstands. So if anybody here is planning a trip to Sudbury just to get the magazine, you will be disappointed. Lenswork is not going away though. It will be available through subscriptions or single-issue sales through the Lenswork website.

I very much respect their decision given that 70% of magazines printed go to waste.

More info here:
http://www.lenswork.com/newsstand.html

Just got Lenswork 75 in the mail on Monday. Smile
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Post by Kenneth Armstrong on Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:54 pm

I have to admit I was ignorant to this magazine until Mike brought one to the second meet. I'd love to look through them sometime.

If I pick up one more magazine on the newsstand that has "DSLR WARS" on the cover I'm going to puke.
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Post by mikef on Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:53 pm

That's a real shame, but not being a popular and pricey magazine I could see how there would be wastage. I'm glad Indigo carried while they did. I guess I'll be getting a subscription!!
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Post by Nando on Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:01 pm

Well apparently other magazines attract the advertisers with their distributorship. So its not how many magazines they actually sell but how many magazines they produce and distribute. So I guess that most other magazines wouldn't care if 70% of their production goes to waste. Lenswork doesn't have any advertisements so they wouldn't have a need for a large distributorship.

Lenswork is pricey but they do use a beautiful (and expensive) duo-tone printing process on the same quality paper found in photobooks and the magazines themselves become very collectible. They really don't lose value. Like I said in our 2nd meeting, I've seen backissues of Lenswork go for around $20 on eBay on a regular basis. Occasionally over $40 and $50, especially if the if backissue is no longer available from the publisher. Originally they cost $10-$13 on the news stand. There are very few periodicals that can give this type of return.
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