Re: [DML] DeLorean magazines.
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Re: [DML] DeLorean magazines.



I was just about to compose almost exactly the same message--thanks,  
Marc, for beating me too it.  The "DMC News 'Zine" is a great  
existence proof that on-line publishing can be done with careful  
editing and attractive layout without the costs (financial and  
environmental) of blowing thorough trees.   I have every issue on my  
computer and still enjoy browsing through them from time to time.    
Plus, if such an magazine were free to subscribers (advertisers would  
still expect registration, in order to have some kind of count of  
readership), my guess is that a lot more people would feel motivated  
to contribute articles, since it would feel more like a service to the  
larger community, not just a small pool of paid subscribers.

(FWIW: I think that there are a lot of advantages to the PDF format.   
One of the advantages of traditional print is that it encourages  
careful thought and creative layout, the final result tends to be of  
higher overall quality, and receiving a copy is more of an "event"  
than just getting some email or visiting a web page. It is arguable  
that the act of "tying a ribbon" around each issue by committing it to  
PDF tends to come closer to traditional print in these regards.  It is  
a small point, though.)

Finally, I would argue that such a publication venue would be superior  
to print as a "publication of record".  The Internet tends to do a  
good job at preserving things like this (the 'Zine has been  
continuously available since publication, and I'm sure there are  
hundreds of copies cached on private machines and websites). Paper  
magazines come and go, and as time passes the accessibility to the  
valuable information they contain inevitable wanes.

As a lover of good typography and design, I do not make these comments  
casually, and I fully realize that much will be lost when paper  
magazines are a thing of the past.  But, I haven't subscribed to a  
paper newspaper in four years now;  the Christian Science Monitor has  
recently announced that it is going to a Web-only format; print  
magazines of much larger circulation than anything we could imagine  
are biting the dust monthly.  As much as we all may regret it, I'm  
afraid that the day of specialized print magazines is rapidly coming  
to an end, and trying to maintain three of them in a community of our  
size is just quixotic.

--Pete Lucas
   VIN #06703


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