As the year closes, our editorial staff has an annual tradition:
sorting through the more than 1,000 stories that have appeared in Coin
World and selecting the top 10 stories of the year. This year, because
of the way the holidays fall, the list will be in the issue dated Jan.
13, 2014. However, putting it together reminds me of both the dynamism
of our hobby and the changing nature of news and our interaction with it.
In his Nov. 25 “The Joys of Collecting” column, Q. David Bowers
wrote about the permanence of print. The message resonated with
readers and he’s revisited the topic this week.
Readers keep letting us know that they enjoy the experience of a
physical print publication — the turning of the pages, not knowing
what comes next; the quiet, relaxing time that a publication gives a
reader to escape the daily grind.
Thankfully, even with the rapid changes in how people consume
information, which have rocked publishing of late, it looks like print
publications like Coin World aren’t going away anytime soon!
In fact, they’ll likely get better as traditional content from our
trusted team of writers is supplemented with timely online offerings
that will better allow us to interact with readers and provide more
avenues for collectors to interact with one another.
This dialogue will then inform our print coverage as it appears in
Coin World, which will result in an even more robust publication with
more interesting and relevant stories.
Some readers have said they prefer their publications delivered as
digital editions for computers, tablets and smartphones. We’ll
continue to deliver content this way and work to enhance the reader experience.
We also tried some new things in 2013 that will inform our new
offerings, like the weekly digital publication Coin World Next. Its
content and approach will now be integrated into our website and
As with any new, challenging endeavour, we’re learning as we go.
As Coin World maps out its digital strategy for 2014, we’re planning
new initiatives that have the potential to expand the hobby and make
Coin World an even better source of news, commentary, features and values.
We aim to help provide our audience with more effective ways to
build a collection and discover new things to collect. At the same
time, we’re looking at ways our various editorial products — both in
print and online — can help introduce new people to our hobby.
It’s an exciting time at Coin World, and for our hobby in general.
On behalf of all of us at Amos Press in Sidney, Ohio, a warm happy
holidays to you and yours, and thank you for allowing us to be a part
of your coin collecting experience.