Case study – Vintage magazine scanning

Football magazine scanning to online app

Digital archiving of magazines is one of Scan Film or Stores’ services which is growing in popularity. With the digital age in full swing, magazine and book publishers are finding that digital back copies can be a great alternative to traditional paper based storage and can present new opportunities to break into sales of archive copies via bespoke apps.

The sheer volume of physical storage space needed and associated costs, plus the requirement to be able to easily access individual issues means that a well executed digital archiving strategy can result in considerable savings in both time and costs.

So when we were approached by online publisher Soccer Attic to help them scan their large back catalogue of football magazines we were up for the challenge – and what a challenge it was! When it comes to vintage magazines the pressure is really on to create great digital replicas without affecting the integrity of the original.

Book scanner in operation

Soccer Attic is the publisher of the online vintage archive of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly and SHOOT! Magazine. They re-publish historical football content mainly from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s across a variety of digital platforms.

As a start-up when they decided to take on the opportunity of creating an online platform for reading vintage football magazines they needed to find an efficient, cost effective way to get 30 years of vintage magazines into a high quality, digital format.

This allowed Soccer Attic to go full steam ahead with their aim of providing people with the chance to read these magazines once again or even for the very first time. Soccer Attic will be a valuable online resource of football history and have recently expanded their offering with the launch of the app Shoot in the ‘70s, which allows their customers to buy back-issues of SHOOT!

Simon Hollingworth, director and co-founder of Soccer Attic said

“This was not by any means a straightforward process. It was a labour of love. Old magazine archives had to be sourced, unbound, re-bound, scanned and re-scanned. But thanks to the expertise of Scan Film or Store in Bridgwater, Magazine Cloner and our own perseverance, we achieved what we believe to be a first.

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