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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Respected blog raises $62.5K on line to publish premium printed magazine

Next year, after 80 years in print, the mainstream news magazine Newsweek goes all-digital.  But the edgy, Toronto-based Creative Applications Network is moving the other way--from an authoritative art-and-technology blog to an upscale printed magazine examining the convergence of art, science, and technology.

The new magazine, called HOLO (logo shown at left), is planned as a premium, twice-a-year, 150-to-200-page publication on high-quality stock with a cover price of $30.  Its international content will be “dedicated to rich, detailed stories that demand time and attention. At HOLO they are committed to telling these stories – attentively and expertly – in a patient, spacious medium that does them justice.”  (Profuse thanks for this poem on printing to Technology Will Save Us.)

To help meet the new magazine’s estimated start-up production costs of $35,000, its publishers are raising capital on Kickstarter, a fund-sourcing Website.  As of 10 o’clock this morning, with 48 hours still to go in the campaign, the new magazine has already amassed an impressive $62,434 from 820 backers.

I can’t wait to get my hands on their first issue.

Addendum on Friday, December 14, 2012:
As of 10 a.m. today, with 24 hours still left to go in its on-line fundraising campaign, the publication has collected $64,725 from 865 backers (185% of its $35,000 goal.)