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Topic: First 300 issues digitized?
Message: Posted by: kiss_bpp (Aug 27, 2016 01:33AM)
I am wondering if there are any plans on releasing the first 25 years worth in a digital format?
Message: Posted by: Doug Trouten (Aug 27, 2016 12:50PM)
Even if there are no such plans now, it seems inevitable that eventually a digital resource will be made available. There were no plans to release "The Sphinx" in a digital format (as it was published in a pre-digital age), and yet I have more than a half-century of that publication lurking on my hard drive!
Message: Posted by: kiss_bpp (Aug 28, 2016 01:03AM)
My hope is that Stan Allen will benefit from the sale of this sooner rather than later
Message: Posted by: Doug Trouten (Aug 28, 2016 09:16AM)
Their website says there will no digital edition of Legacy. I would imagine that means no web-only exclusive content, but doesn't preclude making PDFs of the print product available at some point. The site also says MAGIC "will not be sold or rebooted in any form." This seems to close the door to new ownership or to a successor publication, but doesn't preclude making the existing content available digitally. Legacy will include some "remixing" of previous content, making it clear that they understand the appeal and value of the asset that has been created over the last quarter-century.

I haven't seen anything to suggest that they're ruling out a release of the first 25 years in a digital format, but that's clearly not their focus at the moment. Maybe somebody will inside information will response to the original post with something more than the baseless speculation I've offered!
Message: Posted by: MagicMattMan (Nov 5, 2016 09:23PM)
From Richard Kaufman:
I can finally announce an agreement that Stan Allen and I have made.

Emails went out to MAGIC magazine subscribers earlier today.

If you were a subscriber to MAGIC and still have issues due on your subscription, you will have the choice of either getting a refund, or rolling your MAGIC subscription over into Genii (and we'll give you three free issues of Genii on top of that as a way of saying welcome).

For MAGIC subscribers who choose this option, your first issue of Genii will be the January 2017 edition, which is the first issue of our 80th year of publication. Note that all Genii subscribers who pay for a paper subscription get a digital subscription free, and it's not just a pdf download, but a genuine robust digital magazine with audio and video embedded in it.

As Genii subscribers know, they have free online access to all 79 volumes of Genii going back to 1936. Every page is up there. Sometime in early 2017 we will be adding the entire archive of MAGIC magazine (all 301 issues) to our online service. Thus subscribers to Genii will be able to view every issue of Genii and every issue of MAGIC online at no additional charge--it all comes with your subscription.

For those MAGIC subscribers who chose to roll over the balance of their subscriptions to Genii, we're pleased to welcome you to our family.
Message: Posted by: Doug Trouten (Nov 6, 2016 08:09PM)
Very excited to hear that the whole run of MAGIC will be available through the Genii site. It's nice that this great resource is being preserved.
Message: Posted by: SvenSigma (Nov 9, 2016 04:06AM)
[quote]On Nov 6, 2016, MagicMattMan wrote:
Note that all Genii subscribers who pay for a paper subscription get a digital subscription free, and it's not just a pdf download, but a genuine robust digital magazine with audio and video embedded in it.[/quote]

Well, I would definitely prefer a PDF, at least as an option. Even if it was DRM crippled, as long as I could print out single pages. What troubles me with the current solution:
1. Online difficult to print more than one or two pages.
2. Both online and tablet (Android): Navigation is not very intuitive, reading articles is more complicated than PDF
3. Android: Buggy, sometimes I do not get a page to display properly. Also, the zooming is anyhting but smooth or fast (and with PDF it is possible, so it is a limitation of the reader).

These are the top 3.

Back to the original topic: since Chris Wasshuber is in the deal as well, I will go with the Lybrary PDF edition -- if I can afford it.
Message: Posted by: Chris (Nov 9, 2016 06:27PM)
Another benefit of the PDF version, which I myself use a lot, is that with a PDF you can search through ALL your PDFs, not just Genii or Magic. Put them in one directory and use the Acrobat Reader 'search in this directory' feature and you can search through your ENTIRE digital library. For me this is the most useful feature and has helped me find stuff which would otherwise stay hidden to me.
Message: Posted by: magicphill (Nov 12, 2016 12:21PM)
This is excellent news thanks Richard
Message: Posted by: Richard Kaufman (Nov 18, 2016 10:33AM)
The online archives of Genii and, soon, MAGIC are also completely searchable.
Message: Posted by: Chris (Nov 18, 2016 12:42PM)
The collection of 301 Magic Magazine issues as searchable PDFs is now available for purchase http://www.lybrary.com/magic-magazine-all-301-issues-19912016-p-889885.html

Please note that the release date of the full collection is January 2017. However, all those who buy before the official release date will be able to download issues as they are being digitized. Currently all issues from 1991-1993 can already be downloaded.

You have the choice between a download bundle for $150, or on a flash USB drive for $170. Buying the USB Flash drive will also allow you to download the PDFs if you wish to do so.
Message: Posted by: kiss_bpp (Nov 29, 2016 10:28AM)
This is great news!
Message: Posted by: Chris (Nov 29, 2016 03:04PM)
Owners can now download PDFs 1991-1995. More will be added very soon.
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 1, 2016 03:02PM)
Chris wasn't kidding about "more will be added soon"! I note that the available issues now go through the year 2000!
Message: Posted by: Chris (Dec 1, 2016 04:04PM)
That is true. We are working overtime to get it all digitized, if possible before Xmas. Is everything working as it should? Any suggestions, comments, things that could be done better?
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 2, 2016 11:09AM)
Chris, The downloads all seem to be extremely slow. I've tried both the USA and Europe links, and they both seem to take far longer than they should. As a matter of fact, I've been trying for the past 2 days to download the 1996 PDF, and haven't succeeded yet.
Message: Posted by: Chris (Dec 2, 2016 11:47AM)
The Europe server typically takes a day or two to sync with the US server. Until it is synced you are still downloading from the US source until the Europe server has caught up. In other words, it can take a bit until you will see maximum speed. However, these are very large files and the connection speed is not only determined by the server but by many other things out of my control.

Also make sure to use the right-click and save-as method. If you simply click on the download link the browser will first attempt to load the entire file into the browser which can take ages. It is much better to right-click and save the file to your hard-disk.
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 2, 2016 07:53PM)
I'm trying the right click approach now, and it's already working much faster and better! Thanks for the advice, Chris!
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 12, 2016 04:19PM)
Chris and his crew have definitely been busy! The issues up through 2013 are all available at this writing. Only 2014, 2015 and 2016 left to go.
Message: Posted by: Chris (Dec 12, 2016 04:33PM)
The remaining ones are uploading right now. We are finished. USB flash memories have entered the mail earlier today. Enjoy!
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 12, 2016 08:29PM)
So they are! That's great! Thank you to you and your team, as well as the people at MAGIC, who helped make this possible!

This does indeed count as "available by January 2017". ;)
Message: Posted by: Chris (Dec 13, 2016 08:57AM)
If possible I like to under-promise and over-deliver :-)

I am very pleased with the looks of the USB flash memory drive. Makes a fantastic Christmas gift.

Big shout out to Stan Allen who made this all possible. I think it is great to have all these wonderful magic magazines available in digital form, and Magic Magazine is certainly a must have to anybody who wants a complete reference library. Gone are the days where you were looking for that April 1994 Magic issue, or the June 2000 issue just to find out that those were gaps in your paper file.
Message: Posted by: magicphill (Feb 19, 2017 10:14AM)
Does anyone know when the MAGIC archive is likely to be added to the Genii site ? I know it was supposed to be sometime early in 2017
Message: Posted by: Richard Kaufman (Apr 18, 2017 10:39AM)
It was supposed to be done by now. Not sure what the delay is: the company we use for all of this has to add all the pages to a new area on our digital site. Hope it's soon!