FROM THE EDI TOR
Each issue of Oracle Magazine collects different editorial content in familiar
sections and a particular order. And just as
every editorial piece is designed to have an
interesting beginning, a constructive middle,
and a conclusive end, the various sections of
the magazine are arranged for a similar flow.
From Up Front, At Oracle, and Community
to Features, Technology, and Comment, the
idea is to give the magazine a beginning
that makes you want to pick it up (in print),
click it (for digital), or tap it open (for mobile
distributions); a middle that provides information and awareness about Oracle and the
Oracle community; and an end that makes
you look forward to the next issue.
The beginning of each issue, the very first
section and page, is key to getting readers
to pick up or open the magazine. And that
beginning is the cover.
In most cases, the editorial team settles
on only one cover for each issue of Oracle
Magazine. In a few cases, however, we’ve
published an issue with two different
covers—with some subscribers receiving one
version and some receiving the other—and
that has consistently caused confusion.
We’ve typically followed these multicover
issues with an explanation, but for this issue
of Oracle Magazine, we’d like to get out in
front of any potential confusion with the
The discussion about what story to put
on the cover of this particular issue of the
magazine was a brief one. How to put that
story—featuring Marvel’s The Avengers—on
the cover was a much longer conversation.
The solution: this issue of Oracle Magazine
has been published with six different covers,
each highlighting one of the Marvel super
heroes. Each cover version is numbered—
1 through 6—in the “Special Collector’s
Who gets what cover? Our print subscribers will receive a printed issue with one
of the six covers. All subscribers—print and
digital—and iOS application downloaders
will be able to view and collect all six cover
images. To view and download the cover
images, follow the prompts from your digital
subscription or your mobile application.
All subscribers—and everyone else reading
this—are also invited to view and download
the cover images from the Oracle Magazine
Facebook page at bit.ly/orclmagfb.
I hope whatever cover or covers you view
as you begin to explore this issue of Oracle
Magazine are the prelude to a successful
journey into Oracle technology. And if six
cover images don’t provide enough coverage
of these particular characters for you—and
quite frankly, they’re really not enough for
me—The Avengers is in theaters on May 4.
Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief
Marvel’s The Avengers in Theaters May 4
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