American-V 102 hits the streets tomorrow … virtually!

Andy H American-V 6 Comments

It’s been a long time coming, but it is here! With a difference, albeit a temporary one.


This is the issue that should have been on the newsstands on Thursday, but while we were firing on all cylinders – okay, both cylinders – magazines have two revenue streams: sales and advertising. When the print order needed signing, there was no guarantee that retailers would be retailing, and many advertisers had reallocated their budgets to other housekeeping projects and wouldn’t be reopening their wallets until later in the year.


We could have printed, but it might have been the last time we would: get it wrong and it could finish us off. We had already been bitten on the bum by getting AmV 101 into the shops – primarily WH Smiths – just in time for them to lock the doors or cordon-off the magazines in those operating as post offices, and it’s not as though we weren’t facing challenges before Covid.


And no, it’s wasn’t possible to pull them out and redistribute them elsewhere – we asked, even though we suspected that we knew the answer – because wholesale doesn’t work like that.


Do we print just enough for the subscribers? Our most important customers. We did think about it, but the print costs go through the ceiling on short run magazines, and that could have finished us off too.


There must be something?


There was. There is: and this is it.

  • American-V 102 has not been printed, so will not be in the shops.
  • It has been published, and will be available on Pocketmags tomorrow (Wednesday 12th).
  • Existing digital subscribers are unaffected.
  • Subscribers to the paper edition will be receiving a letter in the next days explaining how to access a digital copy, free of charge.
  • Those whose email addresses we have got will be hearing sooner.
  • This is very likely to continue for AmV103 – based on dates we have been given for when revenue streams will return to something approaching normal.
  • American-V 104 will be printed on paper and will be a monster 300+ pages containing all editorial content and paid ads from AmV102/103!
    • We haven’t yet worked out whether they will run consecutively through the issue – 102/103/104 – or be liberally distributed, and identified by their issue number: I think the second might be more interesting.
    • Yes, those who have read the digital issue will get a weird sense of déjà vu, but we will find out – once and for all – how different the reading experience is between paper and a screen. Maybe the time for paper has passed: we happen to think not, and that is echoed by almost everyone we’ve spoken to.


Yes, we do know that this isn’t remotely fair on those readers and subscribers who do not have the facility – or the ability – to view the magazine digitally, but the options were limited and we haven’t taken this decision lightly. Far better to have a few annoyed subscribers and a magazine – even if that means reimbursing those who aren’t prepared to wait until December – than a lot of annoyed former subscribers and no magazine at all.


And I cannot stress enough that subscribers to the paper magazine will get all of the pages that they have paid for, and they will be printed on paper … it’s just that they won’t get them before December, at which time they are advised to put a pillow in the hallway beneath the letterbox, because American-V 104 will land with a hell of a thump. And in the meantime, they can get hold of the content on a phone, tablet, computer – maybe even a Smart TV: I will test that last one and get back to you.


Comments 6

  1. Hi Andy
    Great to hear that we will be getting some form of magazine soon. Keeping AV going is the most important thing, so a few digital issues isn’t much of a hardship to anyone. We are living in such difficult times right now, so well done for keeping going through all this.
    I’m looking forward to getting the next issue when it arrives through the interweb thing.

  2. Evening Andy,
    Whilst I would much prefer to have had a hard copy to join my library of all of the previous issues, excepting for two digital issues I could not get a hard (back) copy version of (selfish of me I know(!)); I am really glad that you & the team are getting a version out to everyone, well done.

    Now will be on tenderhooks waiting for the digital system version(s) & the December issue (getting a new/bigger letter box).

    Many thanks,

    1. Enjoyed AV1`02 content especially that for the 81 show – must try to drop in for the next one as it is right on my doorstep across the Mersey.

  3. Hi Andy, Our Challenger & Scout shall be placing a mini trampoline behind the front door … underneath the letterbox, angled towards my recliner. (I always get the first read!).
    Well done for showing the “flexibility” of business that we all seem to be hearing about because of Covid.
    Keep scribing,

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