Genealogy Magazines at Barnes & Noble Online Newsstand?

Thursday, 22 May 2008 | by Mark Tucker

This week I received an e-mail announcing the grand opening of Barnes & Noble’s online magazine store.  So the first thing I did was do a search for “genealogy” and my results came up empty:

Barnes & Noble Genealogy Magazine Search

Although this was disappointing, I see this as an opportunity for the various genealogy and family history magazines to contact Barnes & Noble and get their magazines listed. I am not sure what the trade-offs would be to have your magazine included on the Barnes & Noble site, but it might just be worth it for the extended exposure.  The following print magazines come to mind that could be included on this site:

This list could be expanded to include magazines published by organizations such as the National Genealogial Society (NGS Quarterly / NGS News Magazine), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG Quarterly), and New England Historic Genealogical Society (The NEHG Register).

It didn’t take much time on the site to notice that this online newsstand didn’t just provide access to 1,000 print subscriptions but also 500 digital subscriptions and 12,000 single issue back issues in digital format.  This is good news for a digital-only publication such as Digital Genealogist that is looking to increase it subscriber base.

Since I didn’t find any magazines using “genealogy” as a search term, I decided to search for “history”.  This returned 27 items:

Barnes & Noble History Magazines

The results included magazines about American, natural, military, and aviation history including 3 dedicated to the Civil War.  Besides these results, I found 2 that dealt with family history.  The first is a one issue subscription to The Computer Active Ultimate Guide to Family History and the other is Family Tree Magazine.  If you are interested in subscribing to Family Tree Maker, you will get a better deal from Barnes & Noble ($21.96) compared to $24.00 on the Family Tree Magazine website. A search using “family” did not return any additional genealogy magazines besides the two already listed.

Not sure what kind of connections the makers of Family Tree Magazine have to be the only multiple-issue genealogy/family history magazine listed at Barnes & Noble, but hopefully we will see some of the others listed soon. Having multiple genealogy magazines listed on one site would be very helpful to genealogists and family historians who want to subscribe to genealogy publications and want to comparison shop. The Barnes & Noble Online Magazine Store allows readers to rate and review the magazines. This will help others pick the magazine(s) that are right for them.


  1. Mark – I do agree with you on B&N listing genealogy magazines on the ‘net. I do know from personal experience that my B&N only has magazine & the Ancestors Magazine (England). I have to go to Borders to get Internet Genealogy, Evertons Genealogical Helper, and Family Chronicle (maybe at least one more). I haven’t even looked at the Border’s website to see if these magazines are listed there. I’m guessing the magazines aren’t pushing for them to be included because they all have their own internet site & a subscription rate/membership fees.

    Comment by Wendy — 3 Jun 2008 @ 5:25 am

  2. My experience with B&N has been great, whether online or in the Store. All Genealogy help books are in the reference section, and I can read Family Tree Magazine, (both US and UK) Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, and Everton’s G. H. at the local store, it is a bit of a challenge to find them in the section with Crafts, and Scrapbooking magazines. On line, found several books using Genealogy as the search term. Using Family found both Family Tree Magazine and Family Chronicles. My experience with Borders which is a 70 mile drive for me, could not find them in their racks. I think what they carry depends on how many are asking for them and actually buying them. I know you asked on line but my experience has both on line and in the store. Just thought I would share.

    Comment by Nettie — 9 Aug 2008 @ 3:38 pm

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