Digital Edition FAQ

Find out more about Sight & Sound’s Digital Edition.


→ Access our desktop digital apps now


1. Sight & Sound Digital Edition

What is it?

A page-turning PDF replica of the print magazine for viewing on your desktop computer, tablet computer or mobile device. It contains interactive pages, video content, search functions and tools to save and email clippings and bookmark pages.

Do I get access to digital back issues and the Sight & Sound archive as well?

Yes, all subscriptions now come with free access to our complete 85-year archive of film commentary and criticism.

The digitised archive includes every issue of Sight & Sound and the Monthly Film Bulletin ever published, since 1932. Issues published prior to 2008 have been scanned from paper; subsequent issues are high-resolution digital-native PDFs.

I am a subscriber to the print magazine. How do I get access to the Digital Edition?

The Digital Edition is free for individual print subscribers – simply register an email address and password here.

To register you will need your unique subscriber number, which is printed on the cover sheet we include with your subscriber copy. If you do not have access to this please contact our Subscriptions Bureau for assistance: email; or call +44 (0)20 8955 7070.

Are all print subscribers entitled to receive the Digital Edition?

Named individuals receiving private subscriptions are entitled to the Digital Edition. Subscriptions for libraries, institutions and other shared-access environments do not include the Digital Edition. For more information email our Subscriptions Bureau at

What devices can I read the Digital Edition and Archive on?



You will be able to access the Digital Edition using a single username and password.

While all sizes are technically supported the reading experience is not optimised for smaller screen-sizes and will be less than ideal.

PLEASE NOTE: if you subscribe to the digital edition via any of these app stores rather than purchasing directly from the BFI then we are unable to give you access to the desktop version of the digital edition and archive. If you buy via an App Store then your transaction is with them and is processed via your App Store account and you will not be provided with the username and password required to access the desktop digital edition. As such your subscription will be limited to the tablet device that is registered against your app store account.

How much is a digital-only subscription?

A 12-month subscription is available for £35 if purchased from our Subscriptions Bureau here.

Shorter-term subscriptions are available using the Sight & Sound App if purchased directly from the App Store, Google Play or Amazon apps. Please note that you will be charged a premium for purchasing a 12-month subscription directly from the app store.

How do I browse archive editions of Sight & Sound and the Monthly Film Bulletin?

Certain editions of both titles have been scanned from reference-copy annual volumes. As such these editions actually contain multiple issues and the page numbers run continuously through the single edition.

While great effort was made to ensure the highest-possible image quality, there is some disparity in reproduction across the archive. All pages are legible.

The archive is searchable by title and year of publication.

Text-search is possible across the entire archive as a result of OCR processing of the scanned archive. While search results are of a high standard they may not be completely exhaustive.

The Monthly Film Bulletin archive can be accessed via desktop only. It is not available on the Sight & Sound app.

The Sight & Sound and Monthly Film Bulletin annual indexes are not currently available as part of the archives.

What else should I know?

An internet connection is required to access the Digital Edition on your computer; editions cannot be downloaded.

Editions can be downloaded to your tablet for offline reading, but interactive elements such as video content and text search will not be available. Try using the full-screen and single-page view options for the best reading experience. (NB Text search is disabled when viewing in full-screen mode.)

The page number displayed at the top of your screen is not the page number of the magazine. The cover is counted as page one within the viewer.

The performance and speed of loading of the Digital Edition’s video-content and other interactive elements are affected by your browser’s cache settings and your internet connection.

Back to the top

See something different

Subscribe now for exclusive offers and the best of cinema.