By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘A Diverse Range of Literary Powerhouses’As Publishing Perspectives‘ international readership knows, London’s Exact Editions creates online displays of content that clients can place under various types and degrees of controlled access.
Among its recent collections is the Ukraine Digital Book Collection, which was brought out very quickly after Vladimir Putin’s 2022 assault on Ukraine in his current campaign of aggression. That was a case of fine cooperation with several highly influential university presses—among them Yale University Press, Edinburgh University Press, and Central European University Press.
Today (January 29), we have word of another collection of content being made available by Exact Editions, this time with the United States-based Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, usually referred to as CLMP.
In this new case, at least 20 publication-members of CLMP have participated in this searchable digital showcase created by Exact Editions and expected to be available through this year.
In writing to us, CLMP executive director Mary Gannon says, “The long-standing magazines in this prestigious group, which includes Oxford American, the American Poetry Review, and Ploughshares, have each contributed one recent magazine issue to the showcase, offering readers an opportunity to delve into recent work from a diverse range of literary powerhouses.”
This is in line with the general approach of Exact Editions, which seeks out clients interested in using these online showcases as promotional vehicles. Other uses for such digital showcases, however, have included making long- and/or shortlisted works in a book or publishing award program available to jury members, something that during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic because particularly important to avoid in-person interaction among contest jurors.
In the case of the CLMP content, each literary magazine is displayed side by side and alphabetically organized. The search function allows a reader to look for keywords inside specific editions or across the showcase. There are plain-text views available as needed.
In commenting on the release of the new digital showcase, “This showcase of stalwart journals reinforces the strength and vitality of the literary magazine landscape today. … It’s wonderful to be able to offer our members and the wider public a chance to read full issues of more than 20 publications and experience their excellence firsthand.”
Some of what’s behind that welcoming statement, of course, is the place of literary magazines in US culture, which is overwhelmingly more broadly geared to popular entertainment, not least because artistic subsidy structures are less pervasive, robust, and respected than they are in many other international literary cultures and markets.
Many literary magazines in the States are most readily available in university and public library collections and may not be as frequently spotted under a reader’s arm on a busy street or subway car as their contributors, staffers, and fans would like.
An online look, therefore, like the digital showcase announced today, can be another way to get some of the content handled by CLMP and its journal-membership into the attention of more potential readers.
In England, Exact Editions’ Daryl Rayner says, “The showcase aligns with CLMP’s mission of communicating the art of literary publishing to readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, and educators; it’s now easy to share this snapshot of their members’ content.”
You can see and read the CLMP showcase of literary magazine content here.