Philately is believed to produce more books, journals and periodicals than any other hobby. As evidenced by the publications that the APRL regularly receives and adds to its collection, the sheer number of new resources produced that support the hobby is staggering. Since its current incarnation in 1950, the PLR is one of the few remaining journals that focuses solely on informing its readers of the propagation and publication of philatelic literature.
The APRL would like to announce new subscription rates for the library’s quarterly journal, the Philatelic Literature Review, for 2022. Beginning with the first quarter issue next year, a U.S. subscription will be $21, a Canadian subscription $26 and a non-North American subscription $33. The slight fee increase is due in part to an increase in printing and mailing costs, but for subscribers will also come with additional content of interest for subscribers.
As we prepare and look ahead to 2022 and beyond, we want to also inform our subscribers and potential subscribers of the new features that the 2022 PLR has in store. As current subscribers already know, the PLR is a “go to” source for the most current information regarding the resources and research that inform our hobby. Each issue of the PLR provides a wealth of information for the philatelic bibliophile and researcher.
Recurring features of the journal include reviews of the latest books, catalogues and research papers; announcements of new philatelic publications (or those in progress); news from the APRL and other worldwide philatelic libraries, new resources received each quarter by the APRL; and “The Clearinghouse,” a forum for subscribers to list literature they wish to sell or to document their want lists for purchasing items from other subscribers. A particular highlight of each issue are articles dealing specifically with the research and resources of the hobby in the form of subject indexes and bibliographies; interviews with significant people in the hobby (philatelists, authors, librarians, booksellers, researchers); as well as insights and perspectives regarding philatelic research.
With all of this current content the PLR is now looking ahead in adding new features in order to better serve our readers and interest new subscribers. Some of the new features and columns being considered are “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” devoted to what readers and notable philatelists have in their own philatelic libraries; “Hidden Gems” exploring the interesting or unique items at the APRL or in other philatelic libraries; “Online Avenues” looking at the notable online resources for philatelic research; “APRL User Requests” delving into recent research requests submitted to the APRL; and “Editor’s Notes” a column from the PLR’s editor Susanna Mills.
This is just a glimpse of some of the new content to be found in the pages of the PLR going forward and along with the current content serve as an invitation for subscribers not only to renew their subscriptions but to encourage others to consider subscribing. Consider subscribing to the Philatelic Literature Review today and support the APRL!