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Sep 3, 2013, 3:43pm

I've created this groups as a place where we can expand our ideas and discuss on the various changes (if any), recommendations, suggestions and improvements to the upcoming first issue - vol. 1 - of The Slipcase.

I'm going to start on the layout and design of the journal.

I look forward to reading everyone's contribution to this issue. As explained we are not exclusive to FS - anything of interest will do. In the end it's your journal and you have free hands on how you wish to shape it so please feel free to do write on whatever subject you find interesting.

There is no deadline and don't feel pressured. Let's have a great time creating this!

Over and out.

Sep 4, 2013, 5:25pm

Thanks Faisel. This should be an interesting and enjoyable project. I am happy to help in any way I can. I make a nice cup of tea :-)

Sep 4, 2013, 6:14pm

Great to hear that Michael! Love the enthusiasm.

The design is going great. Added autumn leaves to the theme. I have adjust the typography to get a great reading feel. A sneak preview will be up soon.

Thanks for the support everyone!

Good night.

Sep 5, 2013, 3:02am

Thanks for the invitation, Faisel. The name and design will force many people to ponder their love-hate relationship with the cardboard (mostly) artifact!

Sep 5, 2013, 4:16am

Yes your right Antonio, I guess there is a short article right there: Slipcase - love-hate relationship?

I have also pondered the thought that we should write an article about the FS change of membership with the introduction of the new Membership Pack and different rules.

Sep 5, 2013, 1:46pm

I know we have shared plenty of ideas already, but I wonder if FS would allow the reproduction of some of their early articles from the Folio Magazine? I have a large collection of these, my earliest dating from 1953! I am sure many FSDs would be interested in reading some of these but would otherwise never get the chance to do so (these don't exactly come up on the secondary market very often). We would of course acknowledge publication "with the kind permission of the Folio Society".

Just a thought. I don't want to neglect original material, but maybe one article from the distant past per issue?

Sep 5, 2013, 1:57pm

I think it's a great idea. I'm all for historical background. FS would have no objection since the acknowledgement would be there, I suppose.

Sep 5, 2013, 4:03pm

Yes I believe that's a wonderful idea. I can probably ask them for permission stating that we are launching a free non-commercial journal here in the group (they do know about LT) specifically to discuss book collecting and wish to request to use some of their earlier material and probably their logo. It will in the end only market and increase their visibility, I guess.

Sep 5, 2013, 4:05pm

Just wrote to them this email:

Dear Folio Society,

Myself and some members from The Folio Society Devotees (FSD) group on LibraryThing.com are very passionate about The Folio Society. We are really enthusiastic about the society's history and would therefore love to write some articles on its background, i.e., its early years, and the books printed.

We have therefore discussed to launch a freely available, non-commercial book journal called "The Slipcase", that aims to discuss book collecting, the Folio Society and other literary interest. It will be distributed in PDF, on LT.

It is a hobby publication and we are just starting out on our first issue. We are a handful of enthusiasts that are using our free time to write about the society and how it has affected our lives as readers.

The Slipcase journal is named in honour of the FS's dedication to protect its books; "A few publishers, such as the Folio Society, have made a point of publishing all their works in fine slipcases - source: Wikipedia, Slipcase"

We would specifically ask to request permission to use:

1. Your logo in our publication regarding a future article.
2. Some pictures of your books, both from the early years and present to be used in the journal.
3. the reproduction of some of the early articles from the Folio Magazine? 1950s

We have a large collection of these magazines, earliest dating from 1953! I am sure many FSDs would be interested in reading some of these but would otherwise never get the chance to do so (these don't exactly come up on the secondary market very often).

We would of course acknowledge publication "with the kind permission of the Folio Society".

The journal would be in essence a culmination of what we already are doing in the FSD group, i.e, discussing The Folio Society, sharing pictures of new books, of old books and so forth. The difference being that this journal would offer a more in depth articles from the members' point of view.

I do hope that the society shares our vision and would support us morally with our literary adventure.

Yours faithfully,

Lord of Denmark

Sep 5, 2013, 4:35pm

I love the idea, yet I'm trying to see this project through the eyes of a company that will (understandably) want to protect its own brand. How can the Slipcase reassure FS in this regard?

For instance: It's possible that an outsider might assume that the Slipcase is an FS product. The use of the FS logo and articles, if not done carefully, could contribute to this confusion.

If I were an owner of FS, I might be intrigued, but at the same time worried/hesitant about a project like Slipcase.

Sep 5, 2013, 6:12pm

Hmm, we could write: a private journal on Folio, book collecting, etc. and explicitly state that this journal is not affiliated with FS, it is rather a private journal by members of the user group on LT.

Of course some wordplay needs to be decided on

Sep 5, 2013, 6:20pm

Forgot to mention that the journal is not exclusive to FS, we will be discussing general ordinary books also.

Sep 10, 2013, 4:51pm

Have you had a response to your email yet Faisel?

Sep 10, 2013, 5:30pm

Nope, still waiting. I was thinking maybe the email was too long. I should have kept to just asking permission for one thing - the permission to just use the earlier magazine articles.

Aug 14, 2014, 7:34am

Well, sent another short email to the members folio email to ask just for the reproduction of the Folio Magazine early articles. Hope this works.

I've also thinking about adding a Q&A with LT members - 10 interesting questions to the journal.

Any other ideas would be welcome.

Aug 18, 2014, 7:05am

I got a reply from Folio:

Thank you for your email. Your venture sounds like fun and is certainly something we’d be happy to support / help with, as far as we can. I’m afraid you’d need to send through the individual articles you’re hoping to use, on a rolling basis if needs be, so that we can check our records for copyright information. We usually hold the copyright for Folio magazine articles, but not in all cases, so we can’t give blanket permission for their use. We’d also request that the acknowledgement should read ‘First published in the Folio Society’s magazine (date). Plus copyright © to whomever it applies – even if only the FS.

Will this be for LT members only? We have in the past discussed using old magazine pieces on our website.

Do let me know when you’re planning to upload the first articles, and I’ll try to ascertain the copyright situation.

Best wishes


So it's a go Michael!

Really looking forward to this

Dec 15, 2014, 6:18am

I'm still working on the first issue. More articles would really help.

I'm working on a review of the complete 1922 Seven Pillars of Wisdom recently published in a two-volume paperback edition.

I was also thinking about a brief look on the Folio's newest Treasure Island. It looks beautiful.

Oct 15, 2015, 8:52am

...I took the plunge and joined here, on the off chance that I may be able to do something useful for what seems to me like an excellent idea; I do know a thing or two about DTP, photography and image editing - that aside, I can only bring a healthy appreciation for the Folio Society and its publications.

Oct 15, 2015, 10:09am

Well I appreciate the help, thought I haven't really progressed much due to that I need some articles for the issue. I think the design is finished. I'm only missing essays and articles. :)

Edited: Oct 15, 2015, 11:24am

Yes, I feel rather guilty, I do remember offering to support with articles. Life somehow got in the way! I will still give some thought as to how I could help (or if you had any particular ideas you might want me to consider Faisel).

Oct 16, 2015, 7:11am

I'm quite open, so anything goes :)

Oct 30, 2015, 3:19pm

Hum, hum. If the journal is still intended to be publisher agnostic, I'll try to write out a review or two of publications I think may be of interest to at least some of the people who enjoy FS books. For instance, I absolutely adore The Marine Quarterly - a journal showcasing excerpts from literature on anything at least tangentially related to the sea, original writing, the odd bit of poetry, even - all in a maritime context.

As an added bonus, the lay-out is very subdued and classy, and the paper... Oh, don't even get me started on the paper! :)

Nov 10, 2016, 10:03am

Oh, what a shame. Seems like a good idea with lots of potential. A splendid group name, too - quintessential Folio Society!

Sep 23, 2017, 10:28am

It is, isn’t it. I’m very proud of it but as you never got any further, sadly.

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