Monday, December 3, 2012

TransWorld SKATEboarding

TransWorld SKATEboarding
Published by TransWorld Media
First published in 1983

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Critical Evaluation: While often falling prey to an unfortunate ratio of ads to actual content, sometimes making this skate magazine seem more like a catalog, TransWorld SKATEboarding's artistic pieces, lush photographs covering skate culture (often featured in large gate-fold format), and its leading personalities make it a great selection for anyone with even a passing interest in skateboarding. Displayed prominently on your magazine racks, this magazine will quickly draw the attention of the skaters in your library, many of whom may just be using the library as a warm or cool place to take a nap. Items like this are pivotal in reaching out to teen sub-cultures that may not initially be interested in the content they believe libraries deliver. Be aware of the large amount of fall-out subscription cards and the unapologetic catalog syndrome (the last issue of each year is, in fact, a catalog of skate fashion, skate decks, and skate accessories), but perhaps that is the price that must be paid for a lushly artistic print magazine with passionately pursued content in the current periodical market.

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Genre: Sports (Magazine)

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Reading Level/Interest Age: 13+

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Reason for Inclusion: An excellent magazine geared at a sub-culture of teens who might otherwise not find value in the library.  

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