Times Literary Supplement Opens New Digital Archive with Exact Editions

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The new digital archive from the Times Literary Supplement uses the UK’s Exact Editions content management platform. The new archive is to carry content from 2012 forward.

Image: From the press preview of the ‘Times Literary Supplement’ digital archive.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘For Both Research and Pleasure’

In a partnership with the UK’s Exact Editions—which specializes in converting print periodicals to online editions that closely reflect the hardcopy—the Times Literary Supplement today (June 3) is releasing a digital archive.

The online collection holds more than 300 editions of the magazine, some going back to 2012.

The Times Literary Supplement first appeared in 1902 as a supplement to The Times of London, and the piece became a standalone publication in 1914 which today is well known for its reviews and features from key writers, poets, and scholars.

The focus of the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) goes beyond book releases to include essays on cultural, albeit much of it literary.

In creating its online edition, TLS has been designed to have each of its articles and pages searchable, as well as sharable and citable.

You’re not wrong if you’ve thought you were reading archival material at the the TLS online, however.

Its standard site has two archive formats already available.

  • The TLS Archive has material dating to 1994.
  • The TLS Historical Archive covers 1902 to 2012, where the new offering picks up.

The newly announced archive, Publishing Perspectives was told when we asked, is different, in that it starts with January 6, 2012, and thus is a follow-on to the Historical Archive. It also differs in that it’s sold in the format of the original with the Exact Editions platform.

The pricing of the new digital archive for individuals is £24.99 per quarter (US$32.95), or £89.99 per year (US$118.61).

In a prepared statement, TLS editor Stig Abell is quoted, saying, “Our aim is to introduce the TLS to as many people as possible, and so we are very pleased to support this new archive.

“Hopefully, it will be used for both research and pleasure, as there is a whole world of great writing about books and ideas now at people’s fingertips.”

Early press access provided to the archive has not provided pricing information.

More on Exact Editions is here, and more on digital publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.