Huge online archive of magazines

johna
May 15 '18 at 04:11
#1

Huge online archive of magazines


While looking for inspiration for improvements to this website I stumbled across an amazing website where lots of magazines of all types have been digitised and are available for reading.

https://archive.org/details/magazine_rack

There's plenty of automotive magazines available, quite a few from Australia but mostly foreign.

Unfortunately, due to the volume and variety of magazines, the search function isn't great and there doesn't seem to be an easy way of grouping automotive magazines so you can see what titles are actually available.

You may be interested to see some titles we don't usually see in Australia, like Arabia Motors (https://archive.org/details/Arabia_Motors_2016-02), Torque from Singapore (https://archive.org/details/Torque_September_2015), Car Plus from Hong Kong (https://archive.org/details/Car_Plus_2016-02), and titles you may not have heard of like Retro Cars (https://archive.org/details/Retro_Cars_April_2016).

I've got a few ideas for improvements to this website from that website, but I'll leave digitising of complete magazines to them. I still think this website's niche is as a tool to manage your own collection. I use it regularly myself for searching for articles about certain models, and also if I see some magazines for sale I can double-check I don't already have them. I am also looking again at how buying and selling could be done through the website. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for new features please feel free to let me know.

@777rod, you might want to search that website for "kit car" - there's a few issues there from the UK.

Last edited May 15 '18 at 04:11

frog1960
May 16 '18 at 11:00
#2

Hi - I have some magazines called 'Cars and Car Conversions' for sale from the 1970's. They are not listed on this website but do you know where I could sell them?
Thanks

johna
May 18 '18 at 08:54
#3

Hi @frog1960. eBay is a good place to sell. You can also use the search feature's "show only: completed items" option to see if similar issues have sold in the past and work out their value. Here in Australia Gumtree is very popular and good for selling locally. Not sure how big it is in the UK or if you have something similar. There's also more and more magazines for sale on Facebook marketplace, and like Gumtree, it works best for local sales.

I just had a look on eBay UK and it looks like there are plenty for sale and they aren't worth too much. Looks like there's a small amount selling. Probably worth checking if there's any issues that are in demand that you might have. Here's what I was looking at...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=cars+and+car+conversions&_sacat=0&LH_Complete=1

A tip if you are listing on eBay: try and get as many of the models covered in the magazine into the title field as that helps your listings show up in relevant searches.

frog1960
May 19 '18 at 11:45
#4

Thanks - I have looked and made enquiries elsewhere. I will try gumtree. Don't really want to throw them away!

777rod
May 19 '18 at 22:56
#5

John very interesting website https://archive.org/details/magazine_rack . Not a lot on kit cars but absolutely huge site. wow.

BTW i did a search for cars and conversions on google and came up with another great site for you. magazineexchange.co.uk , another huge site. UK must be the holy grail for car mags!

thanks for the referral/s. rod

777rod
May 19 '18 at 23:01
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johna
May 25 '18 at 22:23
#7

Rod, I have seen that UK website in the past and there is some useful ideas there for trading.