Digital Magazine Publishing

How to Make Your Magazine Library More Valuable

If magazine libraries and magazine memberships are being combined with magazine subscriptions to transform the publishing industry into a growth medium, magazine libraries are the nexus of this trend.

In this post, we’ll look at how two savvy magazine publishers have created magazine libraries that go beyond the basics to add even more value to their products.

As you may recall from prior articles, we believe that a successful magazine library includes three basic components: back issues, dynamic collections, and special collections. Here’s a brief recap:

Back issues typically span at least 3 to 10 years and possibly much more, especially when the content is evergreen or historical.

Dynamic collections are made possible by identifying topics that commonly accrue a large collection of content drawn from many issues. Whenever a new issue is released, articles are added to these dynamic collections based on topic or category. 

Special collections are a variation on the above where editors hand-pick a much more limited number of articles from past issues and curate them into a special issue or special collection. These special collections can be tied to events, holidays, content sources or any number of other appropriate themes.

Each of these can be enhanced, and additional content can be added to make your library even more valuable to consumers. Making your library more valuable impacts initial conversion rates by creating more new subscriptions each month and improves retention rates and lifetime value by making sure your subscribers stay engaged longer.


While you might think that back issues must be limited to issues that were originally published as part of the same magazine subscription associated with your magazine library and magazine membership, there is an alternate approach that adds value.

The Biblical Archaeology Society includes two additional magazine archives and complete issues in their back issue collection. These related publications add 50% more to the total collected content of more than 7,000 articles and 22,000 images over 40 years of Biblical Archaeology Review. 

Another example, Yankee Publishing, offers has a Travel Library that includes more than 90 issues, 1,500+ articles, 7,500+ gorgeous New England photos and more than 25 Special Collections.

Since a magazine library’s dynamic and special collections are drawn from the back issues and arranged by topic based on automated categorization or manual curation, when the back issues of related publications are added to a magazine library, value is added to the back issue collection, dynamic collections and special collections.

Even more content 

Biblical Archaeology Society takes the next step of adding other media related to their topic, which includes video lectures, books and even an encyclopedia. Yankee adds on-demand streaming of their TV show, Weekends with Yankee.

Now let’s take a look at how a talented copywriter describes all the benefits of subscribing to the Yankee Travel Library:

  • Instant access to the Yankee website, including the current digital issue of Yankee Magazine.
  • Instant access to the searchable Yankee Travel Library & Digital Edition of over 1,500 articles, more than 90 issues, and 7,500+ gorgeous New England photos.
  • On-demand streaming of Weekends with Yankee, including the first two seasons.
  • Upcoming digital editions of Yankee Magazine on the website (accessible on any device or platform!)—you’ll be notified by email when new issues are posted.
  • Curated Special Collections—including 21 Must-Visit New England Towns and Villages—available only online.
  • Upcoming 6 print-edition issues of Yankee Magazine per year, delivered right to your door.

No other source in the world has everything about New England, all in one place and vetted and curated for your easy access and use.

Magazine libraries and magazine memberships are two of the key strategies we use to help publishers grow their audience, revenue and profits.

Mequoda Systems creates, operates and supports digital marketing systems for publishers selling magazine and newsletter subscriptions, memberships, clubs and events. These systems include Audience Development Portals, Digital Media Libraries and related Online Commerce Systems. We currently market more than 100 premium information products for our client partners which include Prime Publishing, Cabot Heritage Corporation, AAA Northeast and Harvard University. Our Haven WordPress Customer Experience Management System, supported by Mequoda’s proprietary ACEM (Attract, Capture, Engage, Monetize) marketing methodology, offers publishers the industry’s most robust digital publishing and marketing capabilities.

To discover how we can help you grow your audience, revenue and profits, schedule a FREE 60-minute consultation with a member of our executive team.

By Don Nicholas

Founder & Executive Publisher

Don Nicholas serves as Executive Publisher for Food Gardening Network and GreenPrints. He is responsible for all creative, technical, and financial aspects of these multiplatform brands. As senior member of the editorial team, he provides structural guidance, sets standards, and coordinates activities with the technology and business teams. Don is an active gardener whose favorite crops include tomatoes, basil, blueberries, and corn. He and his wife Gail live and work in southern Massachusetts surrounded by forests, family farms, cranberry bogs, and nearby beaches. Don is also the Founder of Mequoda Systems, LLC, which operates and supports numerous online communities including I Like Crochet, I Like Knitting, and We Like Sewing.

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