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



Sorry Marc, I don't agree completely with you there. 

Speaking on behalf of the `other other' DeLorean magazine (Ken K got
in just in front of me here!) the DeLorean Owners Club (UK) continues
to produce a printed version of DeLorean News magazine for our
membership: 

http://www.deloreans.co.uk/features/deloreannews/deloreannews.html

In spite of the trend towards online publishing over the past few
years, DeLorean News has gone from strength to strength over this time
and is now a full colour 16-page title, published four times a year.
The content is largely submitted by club members but I like to keep
members informed of  `global' DeLorean-related news items too; we have
also had articles from the likes of Ken K and James Espey in recent years.

I understand that some of the other magazines discussed earlier are
not / were not directly related to an owners club, per se. However,
where DeLorean News is concerned, in order to create an inclusive
environment for a club you've got to cater for the lowest common
denominator and the fact remains that while almost everyone these days
has an e-mail address and access to the internet, almost everyone
still does not mean everyone!

The magazine also helps to promote the club and cars shows.
Prospective members can thumb the pages of a magazine on our club
stand and get a feel for the club and its members.

The question has been raised several times at club meetings regarding
an online version of DeLorean News magazine in .PDF format but it's a
move that we have so far resisted. Not because we refuse to move with
the times but because there is a value in a printed magazine which is
sadly not afforded with an electronic title. It's something nice to
keep and to flick through over a cup of coffee on a rainy day when
you're waiting for the broadband repair guy to come and fix your
internet connection.

Speaking of value, from time to time I see copies of  DeLorean News on
eBay. Nothing wrong with that in itself. However, what's interesting
about this is that if the magazine was published in an electronic
format, all it would take is one person to innocently host copies all
the issues on a website and suddenly one of the things that members
pay their dues for becomes a free-for-all on the `net. And from there,
all it would take is some wiseguy to package all the magazines onto a
CD-ROM and they would no doubt appear on eBay for 5 pounds a piece. I
guess that's why some of those DeLorean video clips on the `net have
the DMA logo watermarked in the background of them? ;-)

You mentioned a trend among major publications to move to an online
rather format; surely nothing to do with the massive advertising
revenues to be made online? 

Best wishes,

Phil Peters
Editor, DeLorean News
http://www.deloreans.co.uk/features/deloreannews/deloreannews.html
VIN# 12173


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@...> wrote:
> If the publications die, it will NOT be the fault of the community..
 But the fault of the publishers who don't change with the times. 
Many main-stream publications have gone to electronic-only formats,
and there is a good reason for it.



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