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

  1. are usually poorly formatted for reading on monitors and portable devices,
  2. cannot be read on the john,
  3. cannot be read late at night, in bed, without disturbing my sleeping partner,
  4. cannot be read at the cottage, where there is no telephone, no internet and no electricity
  5. cannot be read simultaneously with other sources (reference reading technical articles)
  6. 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.

Very good points, and I agree

NixSince85's picture

Very good points, and I agree completely.

Another year of paper publication would have been better for me

John Stebbins's picture

First, I won't be cancelling my subscription (yet) since I find the content of the Journal valuable. But I wish you could have held off on going 100% digital till e-readers and tablets were more mainstream and more capable.

If I had one of these items and it was capable of giving a similar reading experience to paper, the transition would be seamless. But that is not yet the case and I think there will be 1 or 2 more generations of these devices before this is the case.

I *always* take my Journal to the coffee shop for weekend reading. This change makes this tradition impossible now, which is disappointing. I will continue my subscription for now. But I will have to evaluate how useful it is to me in the future since I will have more limited opportunities to read it.