Bad move to cancel hardcopy editions
The Linux Journal has been one of my favourite magazines for at least a decade, and I read, keep, and reread the articles many times over.
I purposely subscribe to the hard-copy edition, because digital magazines
- are usually poorly formatted for reading on monitors and portable devices,
- cannot be read on the john,
- cannot be read late at night, in bed, without disturbing my sleeping partner,
- cannot be read at the cottage, where there is no telephone, no internet and no electricity
- cannot be read simultaneously with other sources (reference reading technical articles)
- cannot be folded, highlighted, annotated, ripped out and mailed, or otherwise manipulated without being printed (and thus converting to a hard-copy format)
In other words, while it may be more convenient for this publisher to produce a digital-only magazine, it is less convenient for me to read it. And, conversely, it is more convenient for me to receive (without any action on my part) and read a hardcopy magazine, then it is for me to (at intervals that this publisher will specify) retrieve and read an online or digital copy of this magazine.
While the articles in Linux Journal are excellent, and well worth the subscription prices, the total conversion to "digital media" negates the worth of the magazine (to me) to the point where the publisher would have to pay me to read it in a digital media format. I paid for a hardcopy magazine, and will not accept a digital-only version.
I have already sent my refund request to the subs@ email address.
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