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Old 11-21-2009, 02:12 AM   #1
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Australian Skeptics Magazine - PDF

Some great work here by the Oz Skeptics Society boys and girls.
Back issues since 1991 in PDF masterfully scanned and edited by Richard Saunders.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/publications/magazine/

Dead-tree subscription also available on the web site - please support them if you can!

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Old 11-21-2009, 04:50 AM   #2
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Thanks for the link, m-reader.

But I wish they would offer their subscription as an e-magazine in pdf rather than a paper magazine. The American Skeptic is the same - they insist on paper.

I have all my bank statements and utility bills come electronically only. I'm overseas for long periods, so it's much more convenient. I don't want to go back to getting stuff in my mail box.

Maybe a forum member in the magazine industry could explain why publishers seem so averse to e-subscriptions.
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Scientific American does.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:37 AM   #4
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What does "skeptic" mean in this context? ie, what is it that the readers of this magazinw are skeptical about?
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:40 AM   #5
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What does "skeptic" mean in this context? ie, what is it that the readers of this magazinw are skeptical about?
Marlon Brando voice: What you got?

Thanks for the tip, m-reader. I loves me some skeptic reading.
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But I wish they would offer their subscription as an e-magazine in pdf rather than a paper magazine. The American Skeptic is the same - they insist on paper.
Good feeback, I'll drop 'em a line and get them to start charging people for PDF edition instead of giving it away for free. Oh, wait ...
Seriously, these guys are non-for-profit. At the same time they are very techie savvy, but I think they've figured that giving PDF away for free is probably easier.

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BTW, the "m" in reader is beacuse of Melbourne originally, but as I am in the Magic Kingdom at the moment (KSA) it still works.

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What does "skeptic" mean in this context? ie, what is it that the readers of this magazinw are skeptical about?
As per http://www.skeptics.com.au/:
"Investigating pseudo-science and the paranormal from a responsible scientific viewpoint"


I am a bit skeptical about it though ...
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Thank you. Sounds very interesting.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:21 AM   #9
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... I wish they would offer their subscription as an e-magazine in pdf rather than a paper magazine. The American Skeptic is the same - they insist on paper. ...
Not to mention The Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry!

Wake up, skeptical publishers! Wake up and smell the e-readers!

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Although it's not billed as a skeptical publisher, the Westar Institute (home of the Jesus Seminar and publishers of The Five Gospels) does contribute to Enlightenment ideals by applying the methodologies of science and historical research to Biblical and Bible-related texts.

I recently send the following letter to them via snail-mail:

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Westar Institute
Polebridge Press
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301


Dear Good Folks and Scholars of the Westar Institute:

I love your work; but you folks need to catch up with the modern world. People are reading e-books now: Kindles, Sony Readers, and soon; Nooks!

What do you have for us? I’d buy a copy of The Complete Gospels in a heartbeat if it were available in an e-book format.


With warmest wishes for your continued success,


W.T. Sharpe

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While I realize that a book like The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say? The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus by Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover, and The Jesus Seminar is not suited for the present generation of non-color e-book readers (in the book the Fellows of the Seminar employ a four-color code to rate whether words attributed to Jesus are things they feel the historical Jesus actually said), they do publish a considerable amount of other material that would be perfectly fine for e-ink displays.

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Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule

This is a bit off-topic, and may further violate forum rules by coming dangerously close to being a double post, but I think readers of this thread will forgive me for writing the following:

In 2008, Julia Sweeney (atheist, former Saturday Night Live alumni, and author of Letting Go of God) teamed up with Jill Sobule (who co-wrote "I Kissed a Girl" with Robin Eaton) for a performance of "The Jill and Julia Show" at one of the TED Talks. You can view it at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...postcount=2491

You have to love a song with a line like “You guys know about that movie The Secret? It makes What the (Bleep) Do We Know seem like a doctrinal dissertation from Harvard on quantum mechanics!”

Sheer poetry.

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