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# Thursday, June 12, 2008
Would You Read a Digital Magazine?
Posted by Diane

Right on the heels of Dick Eastman’s blog post about the disappearance of print newsletters and magazines, Everton’s Genealogical Helper announced the debut of its digital edition.

Everton’s is still doing its print edition, too. Ancestry (published by Ancestry.com’s owner, The Generations Network) also publishes both on paper and digitally, as does Internet Genealogy. Digital Genealogist is available only online.

I was proud to see Dick’s description of Family Tree Magazine as a “combined online and offline magazine." That’s what we’re going for: We’ve found readers are accustomed to getting information in a variety of ways, so we’re responding with extra online content, our weekly E-mail Update newsletter, back issues and special editions on CD, digital downloads of our State Research Guides, our blogs and online Forum, online videos and our recently launched podcast.

The entire publishing industry is caught up in the “digital vs. print” discussion, with some swearing it's just a matter of time before all print publications go away, and others insisting people always will want to curl up with a paper magazine or book.

Many who commented on Dick’s post said they’d rather read paper. What about you all—would you read a digital version of your favorite genealogy magazine?


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Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:59:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [7]
Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:41:54 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Currently Family Tree Magazine is the only print magazine I subscribe to. I do "subscribe" to both Family Tree Magazine and Ancestry news via email, but I'm finding I prefer to receive my content via newsreader - one blog article at a time. Newsletters with more than one or two feature stories are hard to finish in one sitting and often get sent to the trash bin unread.

My newsreader is just that - the place to go to read the news. I have subscribed to the blogs and other news sources I want to read and find it much easier to manage the content that's delivered. It's a whole lot easier to find digital storage for an article I want to save for reference than to hold on to stacks of magazines - and my computer's search feature will quickly put that article on my desktop whenever I want to review it.

I also love blogs for their interactive comments - much easier and more fun than forums. I see you're experimenting with Twitter and Facebook and although I don't think we (the genealogy community) quite understand these platforms yet, I do think they have great potential for us all.
Friday, June 13, 2008 10:03:54 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I like both! I subscribe to paper magazines, but also have lots of RSS subscriptions. We travel by RV in the summers and print magazines are always old when we get them forwarded, plus we have to pay for the shipments. Our daily news of all kinds is delivered on-line. But I like the little stories, and the advertisements, and the fillers in a print edition. It's not the same on-line.

I agree with the blog comments - they are so much more fun than forums.
Beth
Friday, June 13, 2008 10:20:49 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I would prefer a digital copy of a magazine. Unless I really don't understand all the monetary doings of producing a paper copy verses a digital copy of a magazine, I object to being expected to pay very near the same price for the digital as the printed, paper copy of the magazine that has to be mailed with postage tacked on to the cost. I have seen magazines offered both ways, with only one or two dollars difference in the two formats.

The digital copy of Everton’s Genealogical Helper for only $10.00 is a great offer and a big difference in the cost of the printed format.
Donna
Friday, June 13, 2008 9:04:27 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I wouldn't mind a digital copy. If I wanted to keep an part of the magazine I could always print out that section.
Sandra
Friday, June 13, 2008 9:33:09 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
This is a subject that has recently become near and dear to my heart.
At 61 years of age I have the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes and is becoming increasingly difficult to read printed material, in particular newspapers. I have increasingly shifted from getting my news from newspapers to getting it on line. I can adjust my laptop for much easier reading. I am not a green zealot but I think it only makes sense to stop using paper like we do. I think the crisis that cost of gas is causing is just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come with many of our current resources. I don't think our standard of living necessarily has to go down but I think our outlook and perceptions of what we really need will have to change. I have a terrible time of thinking of not having hardbound books just because I like the feel of them and I have not yet looked at an electronic reader that I really liked. Portability is an issue in that I would have to carry my laptop everywhere with when a magazine or pocket book is so easy to carry with you. Having been an engineer all my life and heavy duty reader of magazines and newspapers I have some definite ideas about what a electronic reader should be like and would love to involved in the design of one.

I have had many interests over the years and it is just not practical to keep all of the magazines I once used to try and keep. There is no way to search them even if you do keep them. Electronic magazines can stored fairly easy and made easily searched. Part of me hates the idea of print going away but part of me is very excited about the possibilities the future brings. I do think the cost should be a little lower than print.
Valerie Parkhurst
Monday, June 16, 2008 8:39:48 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Diane,

Thanks for posting this! You got me thinking about this question in terms of genealogical societies and our periodicals. I've quoted you in my blog post today at the California Genealogical Society and Library blog.
Monday, June 16, 2008 11:18:19 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I most definitely would prefer a digital magazine over a paper one, however, I think I will stick with paper books forever... or at least for as long as I can foresee at this moment.
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