Monday, August 3, 2009

Is Maggwire the Google News for Magazines?

No, to answer the question in the title of this post. But Maggwire's similar, a web site offering links to online free articles from magazine web sites. They are also categorized by a wide range of subject matter sections (Food & Wine, Tech, Sports, etc.).

I naturally checked the Comics and Sci Fi category, which was completely comprised of articles from the British SF magazine Sci Fi Now. To be more accurate, they mostly looked like links to the short daily updates and tweets put out by the magazine's staff, not to complete articles from the print edition (though this was admittedly my first time visiting the site, so one day's exposure shouldn't be taken to be representative). Though Sci Fi Now made up all of the links, there was a list of links to publishers off to the right on the page, and that included a whopping three: Sci Fi Now, SFX (another British SF magazine), and Wizard Universe. So far, at least, no Starlog, Fangoria, The Comics Journal, Cinefantastique, etc.

Though the site lacks comprehensiveness right now, it probably bears watching. For an interview with the site's founders, see Mr. Magazine.

1 comment:

Jian Chai said...

Hi John,

Thanks for taking a look at Maggwire.

Unfortunately Sci Fi is not our strongest subcategories right now. But we are working hard on making this category better. Soon we will have articles from Starlog and Fangoria. We will also look into The Comics Journal and Cinefantastique soon.

I hoped you enjoyed our Food & Wine, Tech, and Sports sections. Browse around ! We have over 650 magazine titles and I'm sure you will find something interesting and engaging to read !

Jian Chai