First Edition is a UK-based magazine which I understand publishes short fiction and is distributed in WHS, a decent UK national newsagent chain. Which sounds good.
It has recently begun distributing short stories in electronic format and is now soliciting stories for inclusion in this new format. Sounds good too, right? Until you realise that First Edition expects writers to pay £25 in order to have their stories included in this e-publishing scheme. This sounds a lot like vanity publishing to me, but I'd be interested to hear your views. Is this a good business model for a new venture? I'm not sure.
You can read First Edition's solicitation email here, in Nik Perring's blog, and a response to Nik's criticism of this new scheme from Jeff Webb, First Response's Editor In Chief, here.