Since its first issue in June 2009, Filaments readership, distribution and advertising has grown steadily. More people are reading Filament than ever before and according to our recent readership survey, you think its getting more awesome.
It may seem strange against this backdrop, that I am announcing that Issue 9, the next issue of Filament, due out 1 December 2011, will be the last. My reasons are entirely personal. Perhaps this is also the right time, because we are finishing on a high.
To answer some questions you may have:
- Im a subscriber. Will I receive my money back for the issues I havent received? Yes. However, this is labour-intensive for us, with over 1000 subscriptions to individually refund. We aim to complete this process by 30 June 2012. If you dont want to be refunded, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
- Will Filament continue as a website? Not as such, but we plan to try and put most of our past content up on www.filamentmagazine.com and will add articles as exciting and relevant topics come up, so please keep following our feeds. We will also continue to sell issues through the website until they run out. Our stockists will also be getting in Issue 9 as normal, and will continue to sell Filament until they run out.
- Couldnt someone else take over as editor of Filament? Its doubtful, for various reasons that I cant go into.
- Perhaps a company would want to buy the magazine? We have had offers, but always from those who seek to turn Filament into something that doesnt seem consistent with the reasons you have told us that you like Filament.
I know that Filament means a lot to many of you. At various events Ive had readers approach me to thank me, with tears in their eyes. This makes me feel proud, but also incredibly sorry that I cant continue this for you.
This is not the end of the ideas behind Filament. Increasing numbers of projects that count Filament as an inspiration seem to be appearing, Andro Aperture, The Badlands Burlesque, Men of the Stacks and The Naked Muse to name but a few. There are others in the planning stages. So perhaps this isnt the end, but the beginning.
Thank you for making Filament such a wonderful thing.
PS. If you want to make sure you get a copy of the final issue, pre-order it now.
PPS. If youre a subscriber and youve moved house since our last issue in June, please email us your new address. Even if youre getting your mail redirected, stuff gets missed sometimes.