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Old 05-17-2008, 10:39 AM   #1
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Influence of E-magazines on Readers and on reading perceptions

Changed the thread name.

Does anyone here see a change in reading perceptions as/when the availabilitity of E-magazines increases?

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I just wanted to say that I love reading magazines on my Reader 505, and try to get all I can from Fictionwise, but their selection - unfortunately - is limited. (There's also an emagazine called Nemesis, put out by Renebooks, a title that I have yet to try. Has anyone bought this and can comment on the zine?)

Anyone else out there who loves to read emagazines on their Readers?

Perhaps an enterprising young bibliophile can assemble a list of all emagazines available.

You might also, if you are so inclined, lobby Fictionwise to increase their small selection.

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Old 05-17-2008, 10:58 AM   #2
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Have you tried Kovid's lovely web2lrf? It does a stunning job on the Newsweek website.
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:12 AM   #3
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Have you tried Kovid's lovely web2lrf? It does a stunning job on the Newsweek website.
No, I've yet to use his program. I'll be playing with it shortly, as I do like the way it works on Fictionwise's books they make available, but I'm a "BookDesigner Type of Guy" and use BD for all my book uploads here on MobileRead.

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Old 05-18-2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:42 AM   #5
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Does anyone here see a change in reading perceptions as/when the availabilitity of E-magazines increases? I just wanted to say that I love reading magazines on my Reader 505. . . .
Magazines are a tough call for me. I still can't breakaway from the print versions. I don't like to read either magazines or newspapers on my Sony Reader or on my computer. I subscribe to a lot of magazines that would probably be good to read on the Sony, such as The Economist, Business Week, and Atlantic Monthly, but I also subscribe to quite a few, such as Smithsonian, where color is an important part of the magazine. I probably should try a magazine or two and see, but I just find it hard to motivate myself to do so.

OTOH, my son reads everything online that he can. So I suspect that for his generation and the even younger generation that is now in its early teens, e-magazines and e-newspapers will be the norm.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:18 AM   #6
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I received the renewal notice for Analog and filed it in the future bills area a while before Harry posted a notice that it was available in electronic form from Fictionwise. Since I had forgotten to renew "so you don't miss a single issue" I was able to buy the current issue. I loved it. Analog on the Reader is a pleasure to read so I bought a subscription.

Fictionwise sends me an email informing me that a new issue is waiting for me in my bookshelf. I get the issue before it hits the newsstand or it would be misdelivered to my next door neighbor.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:23 AM   #7
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I suspect the issue with large-scale adoption of electronic magazines is the fact that they are largely funded through advertising. Will the advertisers perceive the electronic medium to be as "valueable" as paper copy, and be willing to pay as much for it, I wonder? If not, it could result in electronic subscriptions having to be condiderably more expensive than their paper equivalents.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:34 AM   #8
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I suspect the issue with large-scale adoption of electronic magazines is the fact that they are largely funded through advertising. Will the advertisers perceive the electronic medium to be as "valueable" as paper copy, and be willing to pay as much for it, I wonder? If not, it could result in electronic subscriptions having to be condiderably more expensive than their paper equivalents.
Large print editions generally cost more than the regular magazines also. I'm looking forward to the day when an 8.5 x 11 super lightweight, backlight-toggle-option, full-color e-device with a kickstand to hold it upright comes along.

My magazine list for the device I wished for above:
  1. National Geographic
  2. Conde Nast Traveler
  3. Reader's Digest (Don't scorn me because I like heartwarming human stories)
  4. Endless Vacation
  5. People (Don't scorn me because I like to see celebrities' outfits)
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:48 PM   #9
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The only magazines that we (hubby and I) subscribe to are Wired and Consumer Reports. I rarely find time to read either one. I will pick up magazines in a doctor's office if I've not brought a book along. They're good for reading when you've got a limited amount of time and you can't take it with you when you leave.

I don't like the typical SF or Mystery magazines since I am not fond of short stories. I mean, really! Unless everyone gets killed off, a short story leaves me asking "and what happens next?" So, it looks like I'm unlikely to order Asimov's, or Amazing, or Alfred Hitchcock's. And I never got into the habit of reading Time or Newsweek -- I don't even visit their websites.

I adore National Geographic and a couple of years ago we bought the "90 years of National Geographic" CD set. It's great to have for reference, but not as satisfying as thumbing through the printed version. I might be a candidate for an online subscription to NG -- but only if I got the high quality photos as well as the excellent articles. And, other than my computer, there's no device out there that can do this magazine justice!
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I think electronic magazines will go mainstream digital when there are e-ink reader that support full color, are light, and eventually foldable.

I would buy one to keep on all the tech and pc magazines. And if they start including connectivity options (wifi, wimax, cellular, etc.) they they can have color, up-to-date ads.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:04 AM   #11
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I am still of the opinion that the right magazine(s), available in full-color digital formats for a full-size e-book reader like the Kindle, Sony, Iliad, etc, could jump-start the reader market by leaps and bounds. My money is still on entertainment, adult toys (cars, electronics, etc), and porn (hard or soft) on e-magazine readers becoming the "in thing" for young adults... and especially if the reader allows you to save "clips" of articles and pictures in organizable folders and delete the rest after you're done with it. The e-scrapbook is born.

I would love to get electronic versions of all my mag subscriptions--in fact, if they were available, I'd add some subscriptions to my list (note to publishers: Steve Jordan is offering you more money!). The constant growth of bulk paper in my house is not only a bother, it's a source of embarrassment for someone like me who tries to live low-impact wherever possible. (On the other hand, the south wall of my basement is incredibly well insulated now...)

Even making each magazine available as PDFs would work for me, as I could read them on my PC or laptop when on the go, and down the road there might be the option to create tagged versions, or convert them to another format, for PPCs.
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Why aren't newsletters published for eBook readers? The kind of lame eMails I get from places like Audible, Sony/Borders CONNECT and Fictionwise would be much better served with an eBook newsletter with useful information about books and authors. A book club newsletter like the old Book of the Month Club would be a great start. The idea is to send it to people you already know are readers, formatted for the device they have.

BTW, why isn’t there an eBook of the Month Club?
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I would love to get electronic versions of all my mag subscriptions--in fact, if they were available, I'd add some subscriptions to my list (note to publishers: Steve Jordan is offering you more money!). The constant growth of bulk paper in my house is not only a bother, it's a source of embarrassment for someone like me who tries to live low-impact wherever possible. (On the other hand, the south wall of my basement is incredibly well insulated now...)

Even making each magazine available as PDFs would work for me, as I could read them on my PC or laptop when on the go, and down the road there might be the option to create tagged versions, or convert them to another format, for PPCs.
Have you checked out Zinio?

I love the main stream magazines! Lady's Journal, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, Runners World, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Southern Living, etc......I've subscribed to all of them at one time or another. But I have a really, really hard time throwing them away and so they stack up all over the place.

A couple of years ago I decided I needed to simplify (get rid of all my clutter). I did not renew any magazine subscriptions....For a time I could get my magazine fix by visiting my elderly grandma...but when she passed.......well, I really miss my magazines (I miss my grandma too :-)). I've been checking out Zinio and I might be ready to renew some subscriptions...I just wish I could read them on my Cybook or my Pocket PC.

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Have you checked out Zinio?
Just now...

...and it seems okay. A shame it doesn't have the 3 mags that presently make up my regular subscriptions, though. And I know I'll just get hate e-mails for it, but... I'd rather just get PDFs of magazines than download another reader, and whatever format it uses. (Partially because PDFs would allow "clipping and saving" of desired material, and tossing the rest. And partially because I've got too many reader formats now, as far as I'm concerned...)

Still, I might pick out a mag or two that I've been eye-ing, and try it out.
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I know what you mean about installing yet another reader....but I think you'll find Zinio quite an improvement over Adobe Reader.

You can highlight stuff and annotate stuff.....and you can print pages to PDF, so technically, you can cut out the pages that interest you.

I've been evaluating it for the last couple of weeks and downloaded a couple of free sample magazines and I am somewhat impressed by it. Like reading on an eBook reader, I will have to adjust my mindset somewhat, but I'm subscribing to one magazine and we'll see how it goes.
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